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Workshops Teach Compassionate Communication

Work Collaboratively will present three workshops in February to train people how to communicate more compassionately—with themselves, their partners and clients. The workshops all utilize the principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a technique first pioneered by Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s. All three workshops will be held at LifeWorks East, in Austin.

The first workshop, Connecting Across Differences: How to Like those You Love (Connecting Across Differences - start: Feb 04, 2020 07:00PM), will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on February 4. This is an introductory program on compassionate, nonviolent communication to learn about life-changing skills that can support someone in being fully heard and fully hearing others. 

This program will interest people who would like more empathy, understanding, and compassion in their lives, new awareness and tools to deepen connection and trust in relationships and greater self-connection and capacity to act on their needs. This workshop may be used as a primer for the following two-day workshops.

The second workshop, Moving Through Challenges with Clients and Patients (Moving Through Challenges With Clients and Patients - start: Feb 05, 2020 09:00AM), will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 5 and 6. 

This workshop is for those in the helping professions such as therapists, healthcare providers and social workers, interested in learning new skills that will help facilitate transformative shifts in patients and clients and bring their practice and their clients/patients to the next level. Twelve continuing education units are available for an additional cost for LCSW, LPC and LMFT licensed in the State of Texas.

The third workshop, Authenticity, Intimacy and Trust: Creating the Relationships You Want (Authenticity, Intimacy and Trust - start: Feb 08, 2020 09:00AM), will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 8 and 9.  

In this interactive and highly engaging program, participants will learn practical, life-changing skills to confirm that they have been heard fully and have heard others accurately; confidently understand what matters most, on a core level, in any situation; resolve differences in a mutually caring way; co-create solutions you want, free of demand, guilt or shame; foster openness and cooperation and find greater intimacy, trust, harmony and connection.

All workshops will be facilitated by Dian Killian, Ph.D., from Brooklyn, New York, a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2005, who has offered trainings around the world.  

Cost: $37 to $497, depending on the workshop. Location: 835 N. Pleasant Valley Rd., Austin.  For questions, email the registrar, Jeff Brown, at [email protected], or visit

Dian Killian on the workshop, "Authenticity, Intimacy and Trust: Creating the Relationships You Want"

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