Communications Workshop

A Workshop for Parents of Adolescents:

Speaking to be Heard & Listening to Understand

Learn and practice skills for speaking to your children in ways that they’ll be most likely to hear you. Find out how concrete observations and taking responsibility for your own feelings and needs can enhance your connection with your kids. We’ll explore the consequences and limitations of strategies like threats, blame, labelling, and analyzing. We’ll also look at what it means to really hear someone with empathy and how that’s different from behaviours such as advice giving, commiserating, pity, and storytelling. Learn how conflict can become a rich opportunity to connect. This workshop is based on Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s model of Nonviolent Communication, an approach which has facilitated connection for individuals, couples, families and groups in a diverse array of settings including board rooms, hospitals, prisons, classrooms and other community organizations.  

3 hour workshop: $40 Sunday, September 27th from 10:00am – 13:00pm


3 hour workshop: $40 Sunday, October 25th from 10:00am – 13:00pm


– how to say and respond to “NO”

– how to translate “I hate you!”, “Get out of my life!” and “I don’t give a #$^&!”

– how to empathize without agreeing so that you can keep your integrity & connect

– how to translate your judgments into a language which serves you and your kids

– how to make specific and doable requests


Chris Rowe is a third year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University in Seattle, Washington. His areas of interest include health and forensic psychology, education and parenting, mindfulness meditation, and the intersections of these fields with communication training and conflict resolution. In addition to his work at Port Moody Integrated Health,  and as an therapist-intern at SHARE, Chris has offered communication based trainings for the Burnaby School District, St. Paul’s Hospital, BC Children’s Hospital, and SHARE’s Ending Violence Against Women program. Together with more intensive workshops, Chris facilitates a monthly Nonviolent Communication practice group at Ferndale and Mission Institution Prisons.    



For more information and/or to book, contact Chris Rowe @ 604-761-7693