Rochester woman teaches Nonviolent communication to high school teens
Rochester native Maria Engels, 27, was recently featured in the New York Times for her work teaching Gandhi’s principles of nonviolence to high school teens in the city. Maria’s work focuses on improving communication skills and thus improving the quality of relationships between people. According to statistics collected by the Gandhi Institute, the non-profit where Maria works, their class on nonviolent communication has helped reduce suspension rates and behavioral issues at the schools where they teach.
Healthy communication is also an important topic covered in TFP classes. In TFP, we discuss negative communication patterns such as escalation and invalidation. Then we explore more positive ways to communicate, including specific techniques for doing so like using I-statements. Students get the chance to practice communicating in a more positive way.
If you would like to learn more about healthy communication, check out the Gandhi Institute. They offer links to further resources on their website. They also offer 3-day-long intensive workshops on this topic.
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And here is the New York Times interview of Maria.