Cate Crombie

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Year of Report: 
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General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
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.: 
Churches of Christ Learning and Development Team, SunCare workshops for Carers, Mitchelton Special Needs School for parents and carers, Pine Community School, Brisbane Independent School, Yarranlea Public School, Relaxation Centre, India IIT for CNVC, Chenrezig Buddhist Nuns, Chenrezig Wellbeing Centre, St Joseph's Catholic Boys school for staff and students, The Awakening Group for counseling students, Currumbin Eco Village
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?: 
Now that I am reflecting back on my 2016, I am celebrating the diversity of the groups and organisations that I have worked with in 2016. I am especially touched by the workshops that I offered to carers of people with mental illness and the parents of children with special needs such as autism. Working with schools is always my pleasure as is equipping counseling students with listening and communication skills.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
A 2 day training with a large Church Organization HR and IR staff, was not well received. This was a shock as a previous 2 day workshop with other staff was hugely successful. One of my main learnings was that staff were not briefed as to what needs were being met by having them attend the training days. In consultation with the manager who hired me, we introduced the program again with several briefings and Q & A before the actual 2 day workshop. This time there was much more openness and expressed appreciation for what was offered to them.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
For years, especially in my NVC Foundation Trainings, I have included four ways of quality connection that NVC creates; Self-empathy, empathy for others, honest expression and connection with the highest good or our higher power. How I frame this last piece is dependent on the group that I am presenting to. often I introduce my Australian Indigenous connection to Dadirri which is a deep connection to the wellspring of wisdom in each individual and collective.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
My main goal for social change is to live my life according to the principals so that people can experience what it is like to be fully heard and received with unconditional positive regard. Another, significant goal is to influence change in organizations, especially schools. I see this as being very aligned with the mission, vision and aims of CNVC and Marshall's legacy.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
I am very active in the global network of trainers and have formed a non profit organization in my own region of South East Queensland. This organisation membership is mostly filled with candidates. I am also on private Facebook with the candidates here. I am also part of the NVC Australia community and enjoy regular connection with my NVC colleagues, one or two especially. I am hoping to form weave for using Theatre of the Oppressed to explore power and privilege.
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
The biggest learning for me in 2016 was that in corporate or business training there is a process that begins well before the actual contact in workshop time. Failing to do this resulted in some very painful feedback. I really appreciate connecting with people who have experienced my trainings in years past. On several occasions last year people have come to me and said how meaningful my contribution has been to their lives. Feedback also affirms that there is more value for learning in activities rather than presenting information.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
Working more in partnership with another trainer that I intend to work within the coming months. I have found in the past that there is more ease for me in solo facilitation after many attempts at collaboration that took time and energy with no effective outcomes. This will be a welcome growing edge for me in developing this working relationship and I imagine it will grow and extend my skills as a facilitator. I am looking forward to the cross pollination.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
Working on IIT's as a trainer is a wonderful and growthful experience for me. I enjoyed the short time that I had in Bangalore, India before a family members illness pulled me back home.
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
I have really appreciated the connections that I have made with the NVC community, staff at CNVC and my fellow board members.

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