Myra Walden

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A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
In 2012, I did five daylong workshops for mental health professionals. In addition, I conducted a weekly group in Spanish for Latino parents, year round; three weekly groups in Spanish for Latina immigrants in violent relationships who are suffering from depression, year round; one bi-weekly practice group in English year round.
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
More than anything, I am very gratified about the women in violent relationships who have claimed safety and respect in their couple relationships as they become aware of their needs. I have many a story of women who have found their voice and claimed their dignity.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
I was working with Latino parents when a Latino man in the group challenged some NVC concepts in a way I didn't like. My needs for equality and respect were not met and I was triggered. I asked him to "give me a moment to take in" what he had just said. I took a deep breath and did some quick self-empathy. I came back to the exchange and was able to hear the needs underlying his words. The exchange ended with connection, in my perception.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
I start every workshop, including the weekly groups, with Remembering. I remind people that NVC is the consciousness of taking time to connect with our essence of love and compassion; interacting with others with honesty, empathy, and a commitment to meeting everyone's needs.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
I want to continue to work with Latina immigrants to help them recognize and meet their needs, and establish relationships of equality and respect with their male partners. And I want to continue to work with mental health professionals to support them in implementing the principles of NVC in their work with clients and teach NVC to their clients.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
My friend Leslie Ritter-Jenkins and I cofounded the Institute for Empowering Communication in West Chicago, Illinois, USA. My friend Michael Griglesky and I formed an NVC circle in our area which we nurture with care. We meet biweekly for empathy, learning, connection, inspiration -- and delicous snacks! When we have had differences, we take time to work through them. We ask for input from participants regularly and implement their suggestions.
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
Participants' evaluations often say that I live what I teach. They say that I convey the concepts with clarity. A new learning is not to go over the basics at every training, but instead have a two hour introductory session for new people the night before a workshop.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
I want to be more and more aware of subtle dynamics of power over. I still have remnants of it. For example, in the group for Latinas I have caught myself making requests without vulnerability first.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
I did not work with other trainers this year.
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
I am very,very happy at the enthusiastic response from the mental health professionals I worked with this year. Most were captivated by NVC and they saw the possiblities for personal growth, enriching relationships with their clients and teaching clients a tool for liberation.

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