Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest

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The purpose of the Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest is to provide low-cost training for the staff, interns and volunteers of member agencies and other professional caregivers. All training provided must meet all standards of and be recognized for continuing-education credit by the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO).

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Enhancing Utilization of Non-Violent Communication
November 11th, 2016 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
6 CE Hours
Sponsored By
Helping Professionals Wellness Center

Goal of Training
Supercharge your ability to provide compassion and empathy with clients by learning the skills of NonViolent Communication.

This training will provide participants an introduction to NonViolent Communication and help them enhance their Empathy Levels and Motivational Interviewing Skill. NVC can help communication between staff, with clients, with family members and even with referral sources! This training is for those who want to deepen their abilities to understand others and help them create the worlds they want to live in! NVC can also be used as a significant tool for burnout prevention and staff development.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) was developed by Marshall Rosenberg. It is an approach to communicating that is designed to help people connect more compassionately with others. Nonviolent Communication, sometimes referred to as compassionate communication, can transform interactions, enabling the therapist and client to become more aware of communicating feelings, needs, and intentions. NVC is a form of communication that can promote greater self-awareness and growth, fostering deeper relationships and allowing for effective conflict and dispute resolution. The purpose of this training is to provide the participants an opportunity to enhance their empathy skills via the process of Non-Violent Communication. This skill set will increase their effectiveness in individual counseling, group counseling, motivational interviewing and family counseling. Particular emphasis will be on working with those individuals receiving substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Behavioral Objectives
Participants at this training will

  • Identify the communication practices that interfere with empathetic interactions,
  • Engage in self-assessment of communication practices
  • Learn how to assess for unmet needs and develop communication for delivering observations,
  • Learn the four components of the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) model, and
  • Practice the 4-Part Nonviolent Communication (NVC) model.


9:00 - 9:10 CDTC Staff Announcements
9:10 - 9:30 Introductions and Engagement
9:30 - 10:15 Philosophy of NVC
- Natural Desires to Meet Needs of Others
- Beyond Right and Wrong
- Self Assessment as Mode for Practicing NVC
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - Noon Empathy vs. Not Empathy
- Mirror Neurons, Attachment and Faces that Create Connection
- Feelings vs Feelings that Blame
- Judgements, Analysis, Diagnosis, Interpretations vs. Observations
Noon - 1:00 Lunch Break ***On Your Own***
1:00 - 2:15 Four Step Process of NVC ~ How to Make Life More Wonderful
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 4:15 NVC and Addictions
- Working through Issues in Treatment with NVC Dance Steps
4:15 - 4:30 Evaluations, Q&A, Wrap-up

Jonny Gieber, MS, CADC II, has been an addiction counseling professional for over 35 years. He is currently the Department Chair for the Portland Community College Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program where he is entering his 30th year of teaching. Jonny also has a private practice and a training business that has been open for over 25 years. He is a recovering person with over 36 years of sobriety.

Pre-registration and payment in advance is required.

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  • You may register below if you would like to pay by check or money order. Payment must be received prior to training date. To ensure this, please mail your payment at least 7 days prior to training. Mail payment to CDTC, P.O. Box 847, Vancouver, WA 98666.
    • 11-16S Student $20.00 **Proof of Enrollment required.
    • 11-16M Member $50.00 **See the Our Members page**
    • 11-16N Non-Member $75.00
  • Please notify CDTC if you are unable to attend training.
    • Refund: A refund of the registration cost, not any associated fees, may be given only when notification is given at least 3 days
      prior to the training. Notification under 3 days will follow the credit
    • Credit: If notification is given within 1 week after the training, a credit will be
      given for the next training only.
    • If CDTC cancels training, registration fees will be refunded in full.
    Lunch: There is a one hour lunch break on your own. There is a large cafeteria at the hospital in addition to a smaller cafe and coffee shop with pre-made meals available. Several lunch options are available to the East, past I-205. It is recommended that you check google maps to check for lunch options including Sweet Tomatoes, Chuck's Produce, or fast food restaurants such as Arby's, Taco Bell or Burgerville.
    Date: November 11th, 2016 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Place: PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
    Mill Plain Campus
    Health Education Center
    600 NE 92nd Ave.,
    Vancouver, WA 98664

    To keep interruptions at a minimum, it is requested that all cell phones and pagers
    be turned off during the training. Due to state-manadated temperatures, the thermostats
    in our classrooms are set and cannot be changed.
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