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Training Details

Empathic Presence: Creating Transformational Shifts with Clients by Accessing Core Needs


All Levels


General NVC


In Person




Killian, PhD, Dian

Date and Time

Thu, Feb 7, 2019 to Fri, Feb 8, 2019 — 9:00 am – 5:00 pm CT both days — Central Standard Time (GMT-6)


LifeWorks (East)

835 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.
Austin, Texas 78702
United States


At the basis of all healing and transformation is a person being deeply heard by another. Join us to experience first-hand the profound impact of being completely and empathically present to others and yourself.
This training is designed for mental health professionals
This training is designed for mental health professionals

In this 2-day immersion into Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication — a model developed by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg and informed by the work of Carl Rogers — you will learn how to incorporate empathic listening into healing and therapeutic work… including somatic-based empathy and empathic-based inner parts exploration.

Note: This program is open only to licensed therapists, social workers, CNVC Certified Trainers or candidates, full-time working coaches, or students in an accredited social work or counseling program.

This experiential workshop includes kinesthetic and somatic learning and practices, role-play exercises (including to practice with clients), and games. The focus is on integrating core practices with clients.

In this program, learn how to support your clients by helping them to:
   • Reconnect when shutting down, stuck, or looping.
   • Hear what really matters underneath judgments, guilt or shame.
   • More powerfully identify, express and meet their needs.
   • Make goals and requests that are proactive and achievable.
   • Increase self-connection, mind-body awareness, and empathy for themselves and others.

Meet the Presenter:

The leader of this class, Dian Killian, Ph.D (pictured right) is a certified professional Life Coach specializing in communication, teamwork, and collaboration. She is the co-author of two books, “Connecting Across Differences: How to Find Common Ground with Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime” and "Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of New York.

Dian is a certified trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication, appears regularly at the 92nd Street Y and the Omega Institute, and works in-house with organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.

This event is co-sponsored by Houston NVC, an organization that envisions greater Houston as a community valuing authenticity, compassion, and respect.


  • Become more effective and relational with your clients.
  • Increase capacity for presence and transformative listening and healing to new, deeper levels.
  • Learn practical tools you can apply immediately in your work with clients.
  • Attune and attach more effectively, creating more positive change with clients.
  • Self-manage and take your practice with others deeper via greater self-exploration of your core needs.
  • Fine tune your skills with individuals and couples to help them access deep healing, freedom from self-judgment, and more effective and authentic connection with others.

Registration Investment

$397 earlybird (by Dec 15); $447 standard (after Dec 15)
• Save $100 when you also register for follow-up online practicum, “Skillful Presence.”
• Students: $297 earlybird; $327 standard (limit 5 - for full-time students in mental health degree program)


More about the presenter, Dian Killian, Ph.D.
Directions to Lifeworks East
Follow-up 6-week Online Practicum (6 consecutive Tuesdays starting Feb. 12, 2018)

The Center for Nonviolent Communication
9301 Indian School Rd NE Suite 204
Albuquerque, NM 87112-2861 USA
Tel: +1.505.244.4041 | Fax: +1.505.247.0414 | US Only: 800 255 7696

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