Non-Violent Communication


The name of this model for communication is a bit misleading. Nonviolent communication is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s.  It focuses on three aspects of communication: self-empathy (defined as a deep and compassionate awareness of one's own inner experience), empathy (defined as listening to another with deep compassion), and honest self-expression (defined as expressing oneself authentically in a way that is likely to inspire compassion in others).


NVC is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion. 


  • Helpful Needs List for when you are identifying the mentee's needs.



Have a read of Chapter One from "Nonviolent Communication: a language of compassion"  by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Chapter One: Giving from the Heart, the Heart of Nonviolent Communication






“What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart.”

—Marshall B. Rosenberg