Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, 2nd edition


Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, 2nd edition
by Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD

5.0 hours of CE Credit                 Cost = $50.00

(Cost includes test only - book must be purchased separately.  See below for more details and a link to Amazon's page for this book)
Introductory Level
44-question true/false + multiple choice test

A premise of this book is that violence is anything that hurts people – whether it is active, physical violence or passive, emotional violence. This passive/emotional violence is often related to the language we use in expressing ourselves, and it is this form of violence that is often the more insidious. Dr. Rosenberg states, “Believing that it is our nature to enjoy giving and receiving in a compassionate manner, I have been preoccupied most of my life with two questions:  What happens to disconnect us from our compassionate nature, leading us to behave violently and exploitively?  And conversely, what allows some people to stay connected to their compassionate nature under even the most trying circumstances?”  (p. 1)

Dr. Rosenberg blends his own observations with observations from the work of Carl Rogers and Martin Buber.  He builds on Rogerian reflection and extends it beyond what is taught in most graduate programs.  For example, he includes information not only abut our interaction with others, but how to interact compassionately with ourselves.  One of the great strengths of the book is in the number of exercises demonstrating directly and concretely the elements of Dr. Rosenberg’s method of communication.

The book has thirteen chapters.  The first two describe the theory behind Dr. Rosenberg’s program.  The next five are devoted to the four elements of nonviolent speaking and the elements of nonviolent listening.  The following six chapters provide further information about specific topics pertaining to the use of Nonviolent Communication, such as nonviolent self-talk, expressing anger, expressing appreciation, and when it is appropriate to use force.

The book is easily accessible and will contain some information that a therapist already has, however, there is new, extended information and, more importantly, a new point of view and use of that information.    It should be of interest to a broad group of people including experienced psychotherapists, educators, counselors, parents, and anyone else who talks and listens (or maybe that should be: listens and talks)

212 pages; 195 pages of text + Bibliography and Index.  Foreword by Arun Gandhi.

Course objectives:

1.    To be able to state the four principles of Nonviolent Communication.

2.    To be able to give at least one example of nonviolent communication in each of the four areas subsumed by these principles.

3.    To be able to describe how nonviolent listening parallels nonviolent speaking.

4.    To be able to comment on the use of Nonviolent Communication in at least one of the following areas: Psychotherapy, Expressing Anger, Self-talk, Expressing Appreciation.

Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD received his PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1961 from the University of Wisconsin and in 1966 he was awarded diplomate status in clinical psychology from the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology. Dr. Rosenberg is the founder and director of educational services for the Center for Nonviolent Communications, an international, non-profit, peacemaking organization.

Dr. Rosenberg provides Nonviolent Communication training in 59 countries, and he works with such groups as educators, managers, mental health and health care providers, lawyers, military officers, prisoners, police and prison officials, clergy, government officials, and individual families. He is also active in war-torn areas and economically disadvantaged countries, offering Nonviolent Communication training to promote reconciliation and peaceful resolution of differences.  According to the Center for Nonviolent Communication web site, “Evaluations indicate that this training vastly strengthens the ability to connect compassionately with oneself and others, as well as to resolve differences peacefully. Reports also indicate that the benefit of the training is not only stable over time, but actually increases.” (