Compassionate Communication

Compassionate Communication (formerly known as Nonviolent Communication) is a practical framework for acquiring the skills and language tools that support positive, compassionate outcomes.

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Compassionate Communication is an opportunity to become more aware of the thoughts, words and behaviors that disconnect us from ourselves and each other, by increasing our understanding of a communication process that is founded on heart to heart connection. 

During this class we will begin to get clearer about healthier social emotional behaviors, while learning about behaviors that require mindfulness if we are going to be examples for our children.

By enhancing our insight into the linkage of feelings and needs, we can get to the bottom of what's making us angry by practicing the ten steps to transforming anger so everyone wins. Class based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) by Marshal Rosenberg PhD


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United Way is using this framework to:

  • support productive classroom learning environments by delivering workshops to local teachers and administrators

  • improve mental health outcomes in transitional-age youth by offering workshops directly to at-risk teens and young adults ages 16-24

  • help formerly incarcerated inmates and family members stay on a positive path by conducting workshops at the SLO County Jail and Annex

All workshops are led by Nonviolent Communication Practitioners and help teach the principles of diplomatic communication in diverse settings.

“I'm really enjoying the class. I had the opportunity to use some of what we are learning with a teacher at my school. It's conference week and the teacher is about ready to meet with a parent who can be difficult. She shared that one of the things that she was going to tell the parent was that their child cheats if she (the teacher) is not constantly standing over him. I suggested that instead of using that approach, she rephrase it as an observation and explain what she sees the student doing. The teacher got it.” ~ Principal from a school in Morro Bay

To learn more about Compassionate Communication, we encourage you to view "Nonviolent Communication Workshop", with Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD. The following presentation is from


United Way also supports the Stop Bullying Campaign.