Nonviolent Communication

11 Jan Nonviolent Communication

Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Lessons in Honesty, Empathy, and Self-Care
Marion Little | JHS


Do you wish you could find your way “home” in the middle of conflict?
Do you wish it was easier to find solutions when you’re stressed?
Do you wish it was easier to diffuse tension and drama?

Using the Wizard of Oz story as metaphor, you will be introduced to conflict resolution skills based on compassionate “Nonviolent Communication” or NVC (Rosenberg 1999, 2015). You will learn practical strategies for bringing choice, honesty, empathy, and self-care into moments of tension and frustration. Our morning session will explore core concepts and possible applications. During the afternoon, we will apply the NVC process to real-life scenarios. Our focus throughout the day will be on effective self-empathy as a foundation for effective communication, conflict resolution, and client support.


January 24, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST


Peterborough Lions Community Centre | Sisson Room
347 Burnham St.
Peterborough, ON K9H 1T5

Facilitator Biography:

Marion Little | JHS
Marion manages Community Services and Training at the John Howard Society of Peterborough. She teaches university level conflict resolution, ethics and reflective practice, nonprofit management, and collaborative leadership. Marion has served as Executive Director for social service charities, and as a Human Resources Specialist regarding institutional abuse prevention, intervention, response, policy development, and discipline. She is committed to fostering Safe Sanctuary, Trauma-Informed Practice, Anti-Oppressive Practice, and Decolonization Efforts. To that end, she has engaged and taught Nonviolent Communication (Rosenberg, 1972, 1999, 2005, 2015) skills and processes since 2001. She was awarded a Master’s in Dispute Resolution in 2008 for her research into the impacts of Nonviolent Communication training among marginalized teen moms.

Link describing compassion as a skill we can exercise:

Link connecting to Marion’s MA thesis:

Interactive Elements Included:

  • Small Group Activities
  • Dyad Exercises
  • Large Group Discussions
  • Private Reflective Practice