Rodger Sorrow is a certified trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) and co-founder of Choose Connection. He brings an abundance of knowledge and skills from education, training, and experience combined with enthusiasm and compassion. His leadership experience includes:
- Director of treatment for the drug rehabilitation program for the 13th Naval District of the U.S. Navy
- Assistant vocational rehabilitation counselor for the State of California Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Consultant to Western Washington University’s Multiethnic Cross-Cultural Awareness training of staff for the State of Washington Department of Social Health Services
- District executive for the Boy Scouts of America, teaching consensus and community building leadership skills (ten years)
Rodger’s style combines humor, laughter, and play with learning. He shares his love of the outdoors through a Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education class, Nature, Hiking and Self-Healing, a true adventure in self-discovery. Current projects include sharing Nonviolent Communication (NVC) with the men in a residential substance abuse program and bringing NVC into the Cesar Chavez Charter School. He has also worked with the folks at a local homeless shelter and the Santa Barbara County Jail. Rodger is available for private sessions with individuals, couples, and families, and training with groups and organizations.
“Nonviolent Communication has changed my life. It gave me a process to understand what was going on inside me and express it without criticizing, blaming, or making others wrong. NVC has given me the tools to differentiate between what was happening and the story I was making up about it. This opened the door to an entirely different paradigm of consciousness of collaboration, partnership, and shared power. I learned to connect to my feelings and values and became empowered to express my truth openly and vulnerably. At the same time, I discovered the superpower of empathic listening, to be able hear others and what’s alive in their hearts and offer empathy and understanding for what they have been through. This process is powerful and can support individuals, couples, groups, and organizations to find more connection and the win-win in any situation.”