Conversation Skills is a course that enhances effective communication skills to include the ability to stay in dialogue when emotions are driving us to “shout out” or “shut down.” This course provides knowledge and tools for listening, creating connection and facilitating dialogue in tough, emotional situations. The principles and models taught are aligned with spiritual practices. The class is based on the model of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which includes: taking responsibility for our own experience; commitment to increasing our awareness of our own feelings and needs as well as those of the people with whom we interact; and having the capacity to be authentic and compassionate in all circumstances. The class will be interactive and require participation in small group discussions based on some self reflection.
• Crucial Conversations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler, McGraw-Hill,
• Nonviolent Communications by Rosenberg, Marshall B. 2nd Edition, Puddle Dancer Press
$100 for all 5 sessions if paid ahead, $25 per class if paid weekly.