Compassionate Communication Training Courses


Currently, Dr. D.A. Graham, Interim Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Belonging, and Laurie Harrison, Human Resources Trainer offer this training in Compassionate Communication (also known as Nonviolent Communication or "NVC") for faculty, staff, and graduate students employed by KU.  

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Detailed Course Info (as of July 2021)

A basic introductory course on Compassionate Communication, an approach created by psychologist and mediator Marshall Rosenberg 50 years ago and used in more than 60 countries. Compassionate Communication is communicating in ways that foster understanding, connection, and compassion. It is not just a set of approaches but an awareness designed to develop a certain kind of compassionate rapport with ourselves and each other. Approaches include translating judgments into observations, emphasizing needs instead of strategies, replacing thoughts with feelings, and changing demands into requests. Empathy, self-empathy, and authentic self-expression are emphasized. Opportunities to practice through group activities are part of the class. This introductory class is required in order to complete any other classes within the Compassionate Communication Series.

Diving Deep into Feelings and Needs takes us from the very beginning concepts of Compassionate Communication to a deeper understanding of the purpose, meaning and implications feelings and needs has in our lives and in the world. We will practice responding and communicating consciously by expressing and hearing, based on an awareness of our own and other people’s needs. Participants are offered a deeper understanding and experience of this new generation of communication skills, and establish a clear idea of what feelings and needs are and what they are not. Through exercises, demonstrations, role-plays and more, participants will have first-hand experience practicing and ultimately developing skills to bring back into their daily lives. It is part of the Compassionate Communication Series. The Introduction to Compassionate Communication course is a prerequisite and must be completed before taking the Needs and Feelings class

This training is intended to support participants in having a deeper integration of empathy. In a supportive, community environment, participants experience challenge, guidance and support in the practice of empathy and seeing our world empathically. Throughout our time together we will learn to increase our capacity for being present, learn to focus our awareness, and develop the ability to work with our own capabilities and humanity, in real-time situations. Feelings and needs are the focus of empathy, so our relationship to them directly influences the quality and depth of our empathy. At this workshop, through practice and exercise, we will broaden and enrich our understanding and experience of these "life energies" thereby deepening our practice of empathy. Throughout the workshop, we will build on that work with welldefined empathy processes to bring a fruitful, sustainable practice of empathy into your life. The Introduction to Compassionate Communication course is a prerequisite for A Deeper Dive into Empathy.

This session is designed to deepen your ability to connect with self and heal your past through the process of selfempathy. Exploring the places where you get emotionally triggered enables you to develop a greater understanding of why you react so strongly, and facilitates uncovering the deep-rooted beliefs that relate to those reactions. It also enables you to expand your ability to choose how you want to respond to the things that trigger you, and empowers you by providing new tools for remembering that your Divine self. During this session, you'll learn a variety of supportive selfempathy techniques. The techniques themselves are simple, yet the results are profound! You will pick up skills for understanding yourself more deeply, expressing a fuller spectrum of emotions, getting past persistent jackal message, and becoming fully loving toward yourself

This new training (as of June 2021) is intended to support participants in applying some fundamental premises and approaches of Compassionate Communication to handling conflict. Focus will be given on addressing one’s own reactivity, assumptions, and “enemy images” one might have of the other person during conflict. This is the internal work of handling conflict. Part 2 will deal with the outer work of handling conflict and have a focus on expressing honestly during conflict and utilizing empathic approaches. Part 2 is scheduled to kick off in December 2021

No offerings until late 2021. This training (in development) is intended to support participants in applying some fundamental premises and approaches of Compassionate Communication to handling conflict. Focus will be expressing honestly during conflict and utilizing empathic approaches.

No offerings until late 2021. Making observations free of evaluations and making clear, specific, doable requests of what you want (rather than what you don't want) are two of the components of Compassionate Communication. This training is currently in development for delivery in late 2021. It is part of the Compassionate Communication Series. The Introduction to Compassionate Communication course is a prerequisite