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Why Focusing and Nonviolent Communication Belong Together

Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 11 am to 1 pm Eastern Time

An Online Class Facilitated by Beatrice Blake

Part of The Focusing Highlights Series

(no special computer skill or equipment required)

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a theory developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. NVC views conflict as an opportunity for authentic self-expression and for understanding the human needs that motivate us. When we are in conflict, NVC theory can orient us to effective resolutions, by attending to our unmet needs and those of others. Focusing and NVC work wonderfully together to move beyond cultural patterns that lead to violence.

The class will include basic NVC theory and exercises that shows how it works. We’ll also explore the Experiencing Scale, developed by Gene Gendlin and associates to measure the degree to which people dip into “experiencing” while in therapy. When we explore our feelings and needs, we’re already entering Levels 4 or 5 of the Experiencing Scale. NVC actually creates a “holding and letting” space in which felt senses can form, providing a natural segue into Level 6 (Focusing). Many studies have shown that even a short time spent at Level 6 leads to positive outcomes in therapy. This class is open for all and there will be plenty of time for questions.

Times worldwide: Click this link for your time.

Registration closes Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

The video link will be an easy to use format called Zoom. You will need to have a computer/mobile device. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred. All registered participants will be sent a link to the video recording approximately two weeks following the course. So if you are unable to attend in person, you will still be able to hear the class.


Beatrice Blake has been a Certified Focusing Trainer since 2000. She learned Nonviolent Communication in 2006. Since 2007 she has been teaching a combination of Focusing and NVC to people who work on the front lines of social change in El Salvador. She studied Thinking at the Edge (TAE) with Gene Gendlin, Nada Lou, Kye Nelson, and Evelyn Pross, and offers special classes in TAE for people who want to start Community Focusing projects. Beatrice is part of the Research Group that is trying to formulate and stimulate research on Focusing outside the therapy room. She will offer a class in Nonviolent Communication for Focusers this fall. Learn more about how NVC and Focusing fit together at Beatrice’s blog: http://wp.me/p7HEbt-K0x


Beatrice Blake is offering this class as a fundraiser for The International Focusing Institute. This live online class is pay-what-you-can. The suggested payment for US residents is $30. If you need to give less, that's fine, but we do require each participant to give something. Please give extra if you can! Thank you for supporting the Institute.

PLEASE NOTE: After you register here, watch for an email with instructions to join the class.

Registration for this class is now closed.

Product Code: W-170826-NVC



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