NVC (Nonviolent Communication) in Miami
Thousands enjoy inspiring workshops by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg--the founder of this life-enrichment practice. Many learn about NVC from other skilled trainers, too. But in South Florida, it is hard to find Miami support groups that focus on this specific topic. Congratulations! You've just found an ongoing, open group. We are dedicated to the
actual learning and practice of NVC nonviolent communication skills, located in Miami. A
meeting may include review and discussion of a specific chapter in
Rosenberg's book. It might also include creative role plays to help
someone see real-life problem-solving possibilities in a dramatic
or amusing way. This group is special because it may address anything from the most serious issues, to the most humorous. There is a balance, which brings a sense of wholeness to the group.
A Drop-in Communication Support Group
Steve Pollack facilitated this ongoing group for several years based on the seminal book by Dr. Rosenberg, "Nonviolent Communication: A Language for Life." People at all levels of NVC practice enjoyed attending the communication support group.
During those years, Steve shed light on the process of nonjudgmental communication in a group setting. He displayed a rare capacity to be gentle and patient with beginners, yet he fully supported those with more advanced skills. Everyone found a challenge to dig to deeper levels of self-awareness and nonviolent expression.
"Steve has an amazingly thorough understanding of non-violent communication. He is able to readily respond to individuals' personal situations and to help them understand the importance of NVC Nonviolent Communication strategies. Our group found Steve's work quite helpful on the path to a joy-filled life."
-- Paula Lalinde, PhD, CEO Nothing Trumps Hope
Director, Path of Joyful Living Program -- Miami, FL
Deep Listening, Respectful Speech
This group was unique among the Miami support groups available today. The NVC Nonviolent Communication group focused on giving the gifts of empathy and understanding to anyone present who was in need. The entire group practiced the meditative stillness of mind and focused openness of heart--the hallmarks of compassionate communication. That way, all present could be a compassionate witness of the speaker's feelings and needs. This was done without judgment, evaluation, diagnosis, criticism or blame. "Appreciative Inquiry" questions might be asked to help someone get clarity.
"I see NVC as a pure language of love. Reading Marshall Rosenberg's book was a wonderful eye opener--it showed me how I'd learned from my culture to perceive and speak in non-compassionate ways. Practicing the language of compassion was challenging, but with help from the NVC Nonviolent Communication practice group, I began to make significant changes in my everyday communication. The greatest gift comes from the quality of my relationships resulting especially from Steve's help and understanding. He is compassionate and truly models NVC clearly and effectively. I feel grateful for his inspired coaching, and to the Miami practice group for all their support. I feel very excited and hopeful when I witness the highly developed skills of people who have been practicing NVC longer than I."
-- Dr. Robert E. Walsh, Walsh Wellness Center Fort Lauderdale, Florida
NVC Nonviolent Communication is A Journey
Developing and empowering your interpersonal communication skills is a lifelong journey. Steve Pollack's NVC group gatherings offered a unique blend of both: practicing the fluid, organic NVC process, and practicing the giving of pure empathy. There was a built-in flexibility based on what needs were alive in the participants at the time when the communication support group met. Some gatherings leaned more toward support while others focused more heavily on learning theory and practice exercises. It's all part of the journey.
Your First Time at a Miami Support Groups
To make the most of any NVC support group meeting, there is a bit of preparation you can do. To enhance your learning of the NVC Nonviolent Communication process, it's requested that you have a copy of Marshall Rosenberg's book. You are also welcome to attend groups such as this one even if you don't have the book. To read the first chapter online at no charge, click here.
You can also download here a list of simple Guidelines for Beginners to review before attending your first gathering.
"I have worked with Steve Pollack for a number of years. I continue to be enriched, cherished and assisted in my personal growth by practicing NVC under his leadership. Steve is an empathic and caring facilitator who creates and maintains a safe container for rigorous and honest practice. To anyone interested in learning NVC, confronting personal crisis, or facilitating personal growth, I recommend him to you most highly."
-- Stephanie King, "2000 Florida Teacher of the Year"
North Miami, Florida
"I met Steve many years ago when I was looking for a yoga class, I had no idea that this class would change my life. Steve introduced me to meditation and spiritual philosophies that are now an integral part of my life. I have become more focused, more calm and truly happy from the inside out. He also provided me with notes from his NVC talks that I have referred back to when listening to someone who needs compassion. I have been told that I have become very compassionate! Steve is not only inspirational, but has a warm, inviting presence and a great sense of humor as well."
-- Kathy Rotundo
Miami Shores, Florida
When I saw how honestly you shared in NVC group yesterday, I felt impressed and touched.
You showed us how you are practicing deep humility, self-awareness, as well as self-honesty. These are huge challenges that few are willing to undertake.
When we do practice this kind of humility to meet needs for personal growth and learning...we transform the hurt and anger into gratitude. Then we can say to the person who said "don't let her get away with that"... we can express gratitude. We can share that the comments met my need for truthfulness and self-knowledge, self-introspection, etc.
It also met a need for support of my desire to change some of my habitual ways...
So, thank you, Elizabeth! This sharing met needs in the group of deep transformational learning.
For more information about Steve Pollack and NVC Nonviolent Communication, please call 305.947.9115, or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org