About NVC

Empowerment through Empathy

NVC (Nonviolent Communication) is a practice of communication that bridges the most difficult interpersonal relationships — in the workplace, in the home, and in the community.

Leslie WilliamsonMarshall Rosenberg

About NVC

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is both a philosophy and a system of communication that empowers individuals to achieve greater empathy for others by developing a sense of one’s own needs and feelings. NVC can be used to resolve conflicts and create win-win solutions. It can be used in all relationships—in the workplace and with family and friends. Nonviolent Communication techniques can enhance our sense of security, allowing others to be heard, which opens up communication and creates understanding. When we apply NVC principles, we are able to take control of our life and maintain integrity consistent with our deepest values. 

NVC in the Workplace

It is possible for organizations to support and maintain an environment in the workplace that has more harmony and respectful connection through the use of the Nonviolent Communication Skills training. The value of connections and empathy in the workplace is the path to greater productivity.

There are three areas of empathic connection: our relationship with self—being aware of our internal state, the relationship that connects us to our co-workers and the relationships to the people the organization serves. Often the quality of connections between individuals is not meeting human needs such as trust, respect, autonomy, understanding and acceptance, resulting in unhealthy connections. Shifting the connections in the workplace through empathy has the potential to make a world of difference.

The techniques individuals will learn in this training will foster more compassion, understanding, acceptance and respectful connection in all relationships. This training offers critical evidence that `. This is a revolutionary way of looking at language. If enough people make use of the material in Nonviolent Communication, we could be living and working in a more compassionate world.

Global Recognition

NVC is being used worldwide—within our education systems, in orphanages in war-torn countries, in prisons, in our legal system, and in health care systems around the world. NVC has been endorsed by experts worldwide: John Grey, Jack Canfield, Deepak Chopra, Anthony Robbins, Arun Gandhi, Marianne Williamson, Bernie Glassman, William Ury, Raiane Eisler, Jerry Mintz, and Jan Hunt to name a few.

NVC has been shared with teachers, students and religious groups, with prison inmates, advocacy groups, and corporate and government groups . . . with people from all walks of life across Canada.

What Others Are Saying

I have had the pleasure of participating in several workshops facilitated by Leslie Williamson. I have grown exponentially not only in my own healing journey, but Leslie’s programs have helped me manage more effectively with communication skills and interpersonal skills. I was manager of a restorative justice program with a first nations community for almost 8 years, and Leslie’s workshops not only helped me grow as a person and heal trauma that I had been carrying for years, but really provided opportunities within our own community and clients, to assist them, in their own healing journey. Leslie is an amazing facilitator who operates on heart and logic. I encourage you to take a chance and enrol in her programs, you will not be disappointed.”

-Leesa Van Peteghen, Legal Services Society/Parent Legal Centre, Kamloops BC                                                        


Deepak Chopra

Marshall Rosenberg provides us with the most effective tools to foster health and relationships. NVC connects soul to soul, creating a lot of healing. It is the missing element in what we do.”.

Anthony Robbins

“Dr. Rosenberg has brought the simplicity of successful communication into the foreground. No matter what issue you’re facing, his strategies for communicating with others will set you up to win every time.”


Leslie Williamson

About Leslie Williamson

Leslie Williamson has been teaching Nonviolent Communication Skills for the past decade. She began her career in the counselling field over 25 years ago, and her passion for helping others overcome the obstacles in their life led to her work as a respected trainer, coach, facilitator and keynote speaker.

Leslie’s life vision is to truly be a person who lives a life of peace. She is joyful when her example inspires others.

Leslie creates a safe environment for individuals to open their minds and hearts, to hear how they might heal themselves, to expand their minds and to walk with more peace in their hearts.

Leslie has been fortunate to work as a trainer in native organizations across Canada—from Vancouver in the west, to Inuvik in the north, to Kuujjuaq in northern Quebec, and many remote com­munities in between. Leslie is often invited to return to the organizations in which she has worked. Her passion, rapport and the tools she offers for personal empowerment leave participants inspired to walk their path with more joy.


Marshall Rosenberg

Founder and Director

The Center for Nonviolent Communication

About Marshall Rosenberg PhD

Growing up in an inner–city Detroit neighbourhood, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg was confronted daily with various forms of violence. Wanting to explore the causes of violence and what could be done to reduce violence, he chose to study clinical psychology and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1961. In 1966 he was awarded diplomat status in clinical psychology from the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology. Nonviolent Communication training evolved from Dr. Rosenberg’s quest to find a way of rapidly disseminating much needed peacemaking skills.

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