Empathy and Authenticity
NVC Skills in Communication

Free Weekly Practice Groups
Mullumbimby,  Ocean Shores,  Lismore,  Lennox Heads

NVC is a communication process developed by Dr Marshall Rosenberg who in 1961 received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he studied under Carl Rogers, a major proponent of Humanistic Psychology.

NVC is based on a realisation that solutions to interpersonal problems tend to present themselves more readily if we aim to foster connection.

NVC considers that human beings resort to behaviour that harms others when they don't recognise more useful strategies for meeting needs. NVC practice is about learning effective ways of identifying and communicating our needs, the needs of others, and the feelings that surround these needs, so that harmony in relationships can be achieved.

NVC focuses on a number of aspects in communication: 

• Self-empathy -  a deep awareness of one's own inner experience.
• Feelings - identifying and expressing feelings.
• Needs - identifying and expressing needs.
• Requests - asking in clear, positive action language for what we want.
• Connection -  a fundamental and universal human need.
• Observation
- a dispassionate point of likely agreement.  
• Empathy
- openhearted listening to another's feelings and needs. 
• Authenticity - genuineness, realness, truthfulness.
• Integrity - adhering to standards of decency and fairness.

The practice groups listed below have been inspired by NVC principles and they may also incorporate other modalities and sources of inspiration.

Ocean Shores: Private Home
Every second Monday 2.00pm - 4.30pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Bronte, bronte.forcefield@gmail.com
Group is open to new participants with some NVC experience
or understanding of basic NVC principles. 

Ocean Shores: Private Home
Every second Thursdays 2.00pm - 4.30pm
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Contact: Majida,  majidahawkins@gmail.com   04 0854 7654

Every second Saturday 2.00pm - 4.30pm
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Contact: Jana, jana.krins@yahoo.com.au 04 1240 8915  

Lismore: Quaker's Hut in East Lismore
Wednesday afternoons
Cost: donations welcome
Contact: Terry,  jubileest@internode.on.net   04 0254 9963

Lennox Heads: Private Home
Thursdays 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Contact: Sharon,  withsingingheart@hotmail.com


NVC in Australia


Centre for Nonviolent Communication