Jean Morrison

Language of Report: 
English
Year of Report: 
2014
Share My Report With: 
General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
105
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
Medical groups, health services non-profits, family services non-profits, private groups, California First 5, CASA
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
834
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
I really enjoy the variety of settings, groups, and individuals I've worked with. I'm continually touched and 'fed' by the stories and experiences of how NVC enriches lives - in health services, in homes, in organizations and work environments, and with all kinds of relationships. All the 'big' and 'small' stories are significant; from the social activist nun who "now has found peace" to the family who has mended their rift of many years, to the working team who can now experience each others intentions.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
In a week-long retreat a participant was "speaking longer and more frequently" than others, and I was observing and hearing comments about the distress building in the room. I chose to speak privately to the individual to offer understanding for their need to contribute and connect, and to be seen and heard, and how much they enjoyed the attention. And then I offered some honesty about how much I wanted each person in the group to have those needs satisfied, and how challenging it is for me to manage 'all the input' from a group this size, and how much I need the support and awareness of each group member. Without the person hearing any of my truth as blame of them, we came to a mutual understanding where we could be allies in helping create a group where every one's input was valued by 'making room for each to share.'
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
An illusive thing ! - to describe what is “lived”; and all the exercises I invite participants to engage in that touch the spiritual aspects of NVC. I support each person’s “own spiritual experience” as they connect with feelings, needs, dreams, hopes, values, empathy, compassion. I bring attention to the quality of our lives and our interdependence and connection to “everything, everyone”; I listen to what others have to say, and facilitate people listening and being present to each other and themselves.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
My goal in doing this work, is to be of service and support to those individuals, couples, families, educators, teams, and organizations who are wanting to create peaceful, harmonious, interdependent, authentic, and sustainable relationships and systems. I provide a variety of trainings and classes, I travel to places where I’m invited, I’m creating materials and products to be used by individuals and groups and other trainers; and most importantly, I live nvc principles as fully as I am able each moment.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
I'm a founding member of NVC Santa Cruz, 14 as an organization, 10 as a non-profit. Challenges: financial sustainability; guessing what classes are best to offer the public. Joys: co-creating projects and trainings, working through challenges, celebrating together; providing NVC classes, workshops, and retreats in our community. • Our local group: Christine King, Rick Longinotti, Kristin Masters, Rick and Aviva Longinotti; plus our Board of Directors. • We have a Center for Compassion where we hold our public classes, workshops, Conflict Improv sessions, and meetings. I’m grateful to be in this team to live and breathe NVC values and practices. Our community is growing each year and we have over 50 volunteers for our community projects. • we publish a bi-monthly e-newsletter and calendar • we have a website that provides current class and event calendar • we sponsored Marshall here 3 times, many years ago • We offer a self-serve bookstore in our Center • our local public TV station frequently airs videos of Marshall • our county library system provides NVC videos to rent • our core group meets 2 hours twice a month for connection, planning, celebration, organizing, support, and fun. • We provide classes and workshops for the community, a variety every month, including a 6-month Integration program; an annual summer retreat and winter women's retreat, and an annual Festival of Compassionate Communication. • We have a Scholarship Program to help fund trainings for Latino participants; students and others needing financial support • We coordinate the establishment of practice groups in homes, and provide initial training (6 weeks) if requested. • we respond to requests from local groups, organizations, churches, schools, families, and couples for mediations and trainings. • We invite other regional trainers to our area • Each of our trainers here has their own clients as wel
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
Participants consistently express (written and spoken) their high satisfaction with their learning, their fun and enjoyment, their safety and connection. I appreciate feedback. I'm continually mindful to slow down my own pace; check in more often to see if anyone is wanting more clarity or empathy.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
• continually finding/creating a balance in my life of work, play, down-time, art, music, movement. • self-connection, alone time, friend/social time
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
Supporting each other, having room for different leadership/presentation/facilitation styles, creating “equal power” , creating planning and debriefing time. Co-facilitating with synergy and grace.
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