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Practical Empathy – Introduction to Nonviolent Communication

  • CAIR-Minnesota (CAIR-MN) 2511 E Franklin Ave Suite #100 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406 (map)

Please note that there will be a limited number of free complimentary tickets for those who cannot afford to pay, but that there is a suggested donation of $15 for this event to defer costs. Thank you and we think you will find this to be an invaluable communication skill to add to your toolbox!

Description of Workshop:

Bring communication and understanding to all of your relationships.

Nonviolent Communication (aka Connecting Communication or NVC) is a revolutionary communication model that makes connection and understanding simple and clear. NVC provides concrete ways to transform judgment, anger and fear into compassion for ourselves and others.

As CAIR Minnesota volunteers, advocates, and staff, we strive to help people understand who American Muslims are and to correct misconceptions about Islam. This requires not only information about Islam and Islamic practices, but also the ability to speak in ways that people will actually hear.

Connecting Communication, aka Nonviolent Communication or NVC is a revolutionary communication model that makes connection and understanding simple and clear. Created by the late Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D., NVC helps to create a quality of connection that inspires trust and a willingness to listen and work together toward mutual goals.

Its premise is simple but there is a lot to learn. This 2 & ¾ hour workshop introduces the basics using interactive games, exercises and role plays so you will really get a feel for the practice. You will also take home resources for continued learning.

The last half-hour of our workshop will be a special addition – Responding with Humanity in the Heat of the Moment – NVC on the Street. When we find ourselves witnessing harassment, fear of judgment and fear of being ineffective can keep us from responding. It takes practice to change life-long habits and learn to respond quickly, with integrity and humanity in intense situations. In this part of the workshop we will practice - using short, focused, guided role-plays - responding with humanity when we are upset.

Facilitator: Pam Winthrop Lauer grew her spiritual direction and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) practices gradually over 15 years while raising her children and caring for her husband who was ill. In 2015, with her children launched and her husband recovering, Pam left a part-time job to meet full-time with spiritual directees and NVC coaching and mediation clients, teach NVC classes, lead interfaith spiritual direction groups and volunteer as an interfaith leader. Pam has taken hundreds of hours of NVC training and is a candidate for certification with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Pam's spiritual direction certification is from Lev Shomea Jewish Spiritual Direction Training of 2001-2003.

CAIR-MN's Executive Director Jaylani Hussein will be hosting and giving a short presentation as well.

Earlier Event: August 6
National Night Out