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Empathic Presence [2-day training]: Creating Transformational Shifts with C...

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LifeWorks East

835 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.

Austin, TX 78702

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

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.

In this 2-day immersion into Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication — a model developed by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. 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.

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.

This program will benefit both experienced and new therapists and coaches. Join us to:

  • 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 through 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.

Dates and Times:

Thursday, February 7 and Friday, February 8, 2019 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days)

Early Bird discount available through December 15, 2018.

12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available for an additional $25 CEUs (available to professionals licensed in Texas; people licensed in other states should contact their licensing board to check eligibility)

Additional Events:

1) Follow-up Online Practicum:

We are also offering a follow-up online practicum on this same topic called, “Skillful Presence: Honing Empathy for Deeper Client Transformation” -- Six consecutive Tuesdays starting February 12, 2019 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm CT) - February 12, 29, 26; March 5, 12, 19. Note: The 2-day in-person training with Dian is a pre-requisite for this practicum (or another 2-day training by Dian for mental health professionals).

If you register for both programs, you save $100! (register for this program first and you will receive a discount promo code that you can use when you register for the online practicum). CEUs are not available for this practicum.

2) Program for the General Public:

Do you know anyone who wants greater authenticity in their lives and to improve their communication and connection with others, at work, or at home? If so, invite them to our 2-day workshop open to the public in Austin, TX on Feb. 9-10, "Authenticity, Intimacy, and Trust: Creating the Relationships You Want with NVC" The main program is a weekend immersion (Feb. 9-10) and also includes a 2-hour introduction on Tuesday evening, Feb. 5.


What's the refund policy?

  • Work Collaboratively reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If we cancel a program, you will receive a full refund.
  • 14 or more days before an event begins, you can get a full refund (minus a $50 processing fee).
  • 3-13 days before an event begins (minus a $50 processing fee), you can transfer your registration to another person for the same event, or use the balance as credit for a future event administered by Work Collaboratively.
  • Less than 3 days before an event begins, no refunds or transfers are available.


  • Credits for future events are valid for 12 months.
  • Processing fees provide us with predictability in planning events and also cover our admin expenses in processing your cancellation and refund.
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