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Mindful Communication: 6-week Series (Mondays, Berkeley)with Oren Jay Sofer

October 14 @ 6:15 pm - November 18 @ 9:15 pm


• Learn core tools for effective dialogue
• Reduce stress and conflict
• Strengthen resilience and empathy
• Grow in self-understanding

Communication sits at the center of our lives – personally, socially, and professionally. This six-week course offers in-depth training in the foundations of an integrated approach to communication.

Drawing upon the modern disciplines of Nonviolent Communication, trauma healing, and mindfulness meditation, the curriculum offers concrete tools to hold one’s own while still hearing others, and to engage effectively and efficiently in collaboration.

Through a combination of mindfulness practices, guided reflections and interactive exercises, participants will develop a stronger sense of presence, greater access to compassion and more versatile, clearer communication. This six-week series is appropriate for both experienced and newer students. The tools offered will directly enhance the work of psychologists, therapists, school teachers, chaplains, nurses and other helping professionals. CEs are available (details below).


• Didactic lecture on a key aspect of interpersonal communication
• Instruction in mindfulness practice
• Personalized coaching in small groups
• Exercises and role plays with a partner
• Guided reflections on cognitive, emotional and somatic aspects of communication


• Expert training in communication, empathy and resilience
• Unique lessons and activities, designed to transform habits step-by-step
• 80+ page packet with written lecture notes, worksheets and supplementary materials
• Weekly communication practice suggestions
• Weekly meeting or call with a practice partner (optional)
• Life-time access to recordings and class materials

No prior experience is necessary. We strongly recommend some familiarity with mindfulness practice, any NVC workshop, and reading Oren’s book Say What You Mean or Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication.

Cost: Sliding scale $350 – $575
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Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the practices and perspectives offered during this training when working with clients, patients and coworkers. Mindful Communication enhances the quality of relationships and improves the ease and efficiency of information flow in a clinical setting. The skills of this workshop are designed to: develop a supportive environment for patients and clients by strengthening empathy and emotional attunement; improve rapport and reduce clinical errors by refining the clarity of information expressed and received; and reduce interpersonal conflict, workplace stress and burnout with resiliency training.

Download course syllabus and learning objectives.

This course is eligible for 18 Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses and chaplains. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must pay an additional fee and attend all six classes in full. Continuing Education credit is sponsored by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC):

  • The SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.

  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.

  • For questions, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.

About the Trainer

Oren Jay Sofer is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and teaches communication and meditation nationally. He has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1997, holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for trauma healing. Oren is also a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers’ Council, founder of Next Step Dharma, and the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.

About the Book

Say What You Mean is a step-by-step guide for meaningful conversations that bring people together. It is the first book to integrate mindfulness with the modern discipline of Nonviolent Communication and somatic healing.

Whether it’s managing conflict at work, navigating a political divide with a relative, or strengthening bonds at home—communicating effectively is what makes or breaks our relationships. Rich with simple yet powerful exercises, Say What You Mean offers a clear method and concrete practices for healthier, more effective conversation.


October 14 @ 6:15 pm
November 18 @ 9:15 pm
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