Creating fulfilling relationships

Professional Training for Organizations

Professional Training for Organizations

“Eric has a wonderful way of putting everyone at ease throughout his workshops. At the start of the workshop, we played this ‘getting to know you’ game that had everyone in hysterics and broke the ice beautifully. As a teacher I definitely plan to use this game with my new classes. He had all sorts of fun games that got us up and moving while also learning a particular skill around empathy and compassion. He was really patient with our questions and was wonderful at taking his time to ensure we all understood a particular concept. My favourite part of the workshop was when he discussed the difference between empathic responses versus non-empathic responses. Wow, what a life changer! I realized that I had been giving a lot of non-empathic responses over the course of my life, when I thought I was listening attentively.” ~ Jackie Dowling, Business Education and Planning 10 Teacher, Sir Charles Tupper Secondary

My presentations and workshops are very experiential and engaging, with lots of activities and exercises that support different learning styles.   Participants are invited to address real issues so that the learning is meaningful, relevant and immediate. I use humour, stories, and games as well so that participants can also play and have fun.

I offer quarter, half, full, and multi-day events.  Following are three topics that you may be interested in for your organization or event.  I can also custom design a workshop or offer a workshop or presentation that focuses more specifically on Nonviolent Communication, Attachment Theory, or Interpersonal Neurobiology.   If you have any questions, or you’d like to bring me to your organization for a workshop, presentation or keynote, please contact me at eric(at)roadtocompassion.com or 604-442-8811.

The Power of Empathy:  Communication That Builds Healthy Brains, Minds and Relationships

  • Specific tools for putting empathy into action
  • Communication and relationship tools that support healthy brain and psychological development
  • How Compassionate Communication (NVC) supports Attachment Theory, & Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • How to support learning, growth, and mental health in the left and right hemispheres of the brain
  • Raising empowered children who don’t cut off from or get overwhelmed by their emotions
  • Managing your own stress and emotions so you can take care of yourself while taking care of others
  • Strengthening connection through conflict
  • Implicit memory:  How your childhood experiences of relationships affect your current relationships, and what to do about it

Nurturing the Emotional Brain:  Cultivating Peace, Clarity & Empowerment

  • Why emotional intelligence is vital for mental health and a rewarding life
  • Tools for calming your reactions and strong emotions
  • Empathy skills that help others calm their strong emotions
  • Why children need our help to feel their emotions
  • How relationships affect brain development
  • How the emotional brain and the parts of the brain involved in relationships function and interact
  • A model of the brain-in-the-palm-of-your-hand that is easy to understand and teach to others

Don’t Forget About You: Giving to Others Without Losing Yourself

  • A 5-step process for making healthy choices
  • Why self-care gets left behind and how to retrieve it
  • A new frontier: out beyond have-to; should; shouldn’t; must; can’t
  • The hidden motivation for helping others
  • Why it’s critical to separate needs and values from strategies and outcomes
  • Building a valued-based relationship with yourself and others
  • Remembering what feels good to you
  • Speak up for your needs without compromising connection
  • How to inspire genuine giving
  • The gift in letting others give to you
  • Your ongoing experiment in coming alive

The Heart of Conflict:  Empowering Relationships In Difficult Times

  • The high price we pay for using or receiving demands, threats, blame, punishment, judgements, rewards
  • What happens in the brain and nervous system when there is conlflict
  • Specific listening skills that diffuse arguments and cultivate cooperation
  • Communication skills that allow you to be respectfully heard and understood while you share your points or perspective clearly and honestly
  • Keeping the dialogue alive when there is a “no”
  • What to do when emotional landmines are triggered
  • Why some conflicts keep repeating and what to do about it
  • What is conflict and where does it come from
  • The treasure buried beneath your battles
  • The true meaning of Win-Win and specific tools to achieve it

I love to combine Nonviolent Communication, Attachment Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology in my workshops and presentations because together these three fields offer a comprehensive understanding of relationships, as well as tools for resolving conflict, healing trauma and building healthy relationships.  I regularly receive appreciation for how I make the concepts of Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment Theory easy to understand and apply.  

Nonviolent Communication (NVC or Compassionate Communication) is a process with powerful tools for creating more compassion, peace, cooperation, inspiration and empowerment and for inner transformation.

Attachment Theory is a field of psychology that shows us how our early childhood relationships set the foundation for how we relate to ourselves and to others throughout our lives.

Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) combines neuroscience and psychology to show us how our significant relationships shape our brain development and nervous systems.

Workshop/Presentation Structure and Approach

  • Clear guidelines and group agreements for building maximum trust and safety and support, including confidentiality, self-care, etc.
  • Workshop facilitation that supports different learning styles.
  • Participants are invited to apply learning to real life situations so that the learning is meaningful and relevant.
  • Questions welcomed.
  • A balance of learning information and doing exercises and activities that help participants experience and apply the information.
  • A variety of large group, small group, partner, and individual activities and processes.
  • Short games and movement to keep energy alive and to help integrate the learning.

“Eric worked with my class to help provide personal and professional understanding about how to effectively communicate. Eric’s engaging down to earth facilitation style made people feel comfortable and allowed for a high level of participation. Students were able to make powerful connections regarding communicating in empathetic and enriching ways, especially when working within difficult situations. Eric’s workshop was fun, inclusive, wholistic, informative and transformative. It provided practical communication skills to help improve personal and professional relationships. I enjoyed the integration of knowledge, activities, play and music throughout the workshop to keep the students engaged.  I would highly recommend Eric as a workshop facilitator within an organizational and/or classroom setting.”
~ Michelle Reid, Bachelor of Social Work Instructor, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Dear Eric, Your week-end workshop leaves me with a fullness and joy a month later.  What I learned in those two and a half days, with all of us so gently tended  by you and your co-facilitators, is that I can  transform my unhelpful, painful life patterns, not only with serious deep work, but also through fun and laughter. So much fun!!!

I have deep appreciation for how you model being an authentic human being, and how your workshop re-awakened in me the sheer  joy of being all of “me “. Many  of the shields fell from my eyes ( my implicit memories ) and I now  savour such lovely moments  where I am making fresh memories that are truly mine.  It was a liberating experience for sure.” ~ Karin Kilpatrick M.D, Osoyoos, BC.