The workshops will focus primarily on teaching participants Nonviolent Communication (NVC), founded by Marshall Rosenberg over 40 years ago. NVC consists of four main components or steps (also referred to as the NVC model). Both sides of the NVC model, empathetically listening and honestly expressing, use the four steps of the model: observations, feelings, needs, requests. NVC has been used around the world to mediate conflicts, nurture relationships, and promote peace. NVC is also known as giraffe language because the giraffe has a large heart. It is considered the language of compassion and/or the language of the heart.
“Communication is an essential ingredient to resolving conflict and having inner peace,” says presenter Eddie Zacapa, who uses giraffe ears and puppets to illustrate giraffe language in his workshops, “The words we use greatly determine the quality of connection we have with others. Learning to use words that are life affirming can make all the difference.”
The Center for Violence-Free Relationships is dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual assault and domestic violence through education, advocacy and services in westernEl DoradoCounty.
The “Communicating from Your Heart” workshops will be held at The Center for Violence-Free Relationships at 344 Placerville Dr., Suite 11, Placerville, CA95667. The cost ranges from $20-35 per weekly session and assistance is available to individuals in financial need. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To sign up or for more information contact Eddie Zacapa at 530-295-4210 or 916-939-4464 or EddieZ@thecenternow.org.
Chance to Give a New Beginning
Every year hundreds of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence walk through our doors here at The Center. We hear stories of child abuse, threats with guns, sexual assault of children, and we see the fresh cuts and bruises on our clients; all of these things leave a lasting emotional impact on their lives.
What if you had to live with this reality and there was no place for you to turn? No place for you to find hope amid the sea of terror and anxiety that have become your daily reality. No escape to a shelter where your children can lay their heads down at night without the fear of seeing their mother hurt at the hands of their father.
The Center is a refuge for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in our community. This year, we’ve provided 1,652 individual and group counseling sessions with just 4.5 full time counselors. For The Center, the recession is not over. There is constant and urgent demand for our services and we are challenged trying to do more with less. This is where we need your help.
As our government funding dwindles, The Center is forced to raise more and more funds through community giving. YOUR support means that our shelter will be there. More than shelter, The Center will be able to provide counseling for survivors and to help them put their lives back together. Our Second Generation Program will be available to help reduce the PTSD symptoms of the tiniest victims of domestic violence and our Positive Solutions program will help the batterers heal and learn new ways to interact with the world.
YOU can be a part of helping children from violent homes have a safe place to rest. You can give hope to the mother who needs to obtain a restraining order and receive counseling to begin to put her life together after so many years of abuse.
Please take time to consider giving a year-end gift to The Center. Every penny you donate will be put to use where it is needed most. The end of 2013 means that YOU have a chance to give a new beginning to families in El Dorado County.