Introduction to Compassionate Communication

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Date(s) - August 27, 2013
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Arden Courts

Contact Info:
410-415-5600 [email protected]

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Introduction to Compassionate Communication, presented by Beverly Parsons, LCSW and Mediator

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Beverly Parsons is the founder and principal for the Center for Aging Families.  With over 14 years experience working with seniors and their families, Beverly has been involved from all sides of the table.  She has worked as a mediator, as a social worker in a retirement community, and in healthcare facilities.  Perhaps more importantly, she walked through this process as the primary caregiver for her own aging father.  Beverly is in a unique position to understand the dilemmas of aging families both personally and professionally. 

After Beverly’s father has a stroke, she returned home to care for him.  She soon discovered it was very difficult to have conversations with family members about his care.  Like many families, her siblings and parents did not talk things through or help one another with important decisions. 

This class is an introduction to compassionate communication as based on the principles of empathic or nonviolent communication (NVC) developed by Marshall Roseberg beginning in the 1960’s.  It focuses on three aspects of communication:

  1. Self-empathy (defined as a deep and compassionate awareness of one’s own inner experience)
  2. Empathy (defined as listening to one another with deep compassion)
  3. Honest self-expression (defined as expressing oneself authentically in a way that is likely to inspire compassion in others)

Empathic communication is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and only resort to violence or behavior that harms others when they don’t recognize more effective strategies for meetings needs.

Seating is limited, so make your reservation early.