This is a reference for Katerina Martinkova

Communication: Agent od Change

The training activity took place
in Oldřichov v Hájích, CZ
organised by NVC Brno
14. - 20.8. + 11. - 20.10.2019

Aims & objectives

The project offered two training courses in nonviolent communication for youthworkers.

Focus was on learning:
- self-connection and grounding even in difficult situations (ability of orientation in ourselves, skill of recognising emotions and needs which are present in the conversation)
- more empathetic approach towards others (ability of active listening, empathetic listening)
- clear requests (ability of finding practical steps for putting the communication forward)
- dealing with group dynamics (ability to use different facilitation skills based on the needs of the group - preparation, framing, etc.)
- ability to have constructive discussions about roots of other people´s opinions and attitudes
practicing mediation and coaching skills in conflict situations among our clients or young people we work with
- Ability to adapt our language and expression to the level of our communication partners

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

The project targeted youthworkers coming from the Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the Netherlands and Spain.

In total there were 28 people involved (including participants + trainers and team members)

Training methods used & main activities

Dyads - practice in duos, where people use the given time for sharing answers to a given question, while the other person is practicing active listening and creating emphatic space
Role plays - One of basic tools of NVC, allowing participants to step into a role of somebody else and practice different styles communication directly
Discussions - Open discussion on given theoretical concepts are there to provide space for participants to bring their own context and opinions
Home groups - regular reflection groups that support participants in everyday reflection on their learning
Journalling, integration time - regular space for individual reflection and summary of learning
Peer empathy processes - group processes that allow the group to learn expressing empathy to each other, in a group context
Way of Council - regular circle sharing, using the technique of Council (offering a safe space for everybody to share what they want to share in the given moment, holding the space for the others, being active listeners)
Street interventions - actions taken outside of the training group, offering practice with strangers
Enemy Image Transformation - powerful techniques of social transformation, working with personal beliefs and transforming them into understanding
NVC mediation - Basic skills in mediation of conflicts using NVC
Empathy coaching - specific way of coaching others, using elements of NVC
Video making - creating of tutorials, working with digital media in order to transfer the ideas on Nonviolent communication and its basic principles to other youth workers and to create a public resource of knowledge

Outcomes of the activity

The participants developped their competences in honest self-expression, empathy and connection.
They created learning materials in a form of videos that were shared with public, available here:

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was a full time trainer in the programme together with Adam Čajka.
I was also involved as a coordinator of the project.

I worked on this training for 14 days as a full time trainer.

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