Creating fulfilling relationships

Professional Training

Professional Training for Non-Profit Organizations

I love to combine Nonviolent Communication, Attachment Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology, because together these three fields offer a comprehensive understanding of relationships, as well as tools for healing trauma and building healthy relationships.  If 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.

“Eric is very open, kind, and relatable. He shares his own experiences which I really appreciated and related to. To start off, he broke down the brain anatomy in terms that we could all understand, explaining the different functions of the various parts. He then related that to our behaviour and how we could use this knowledge to our advantage.”
Jackie Dowling, Business Education and Planning 10 Teacher, Sir Charles Tupper Secondary

Nonviolent Communication (NVC):
Nonviolent Communication is a process that helps us find more compassion, peace, cooperation, inspiration and empowerment in ourselves and with others, www.cnvc.org.
o   The art and science of empathy and resonant reflection.
o   Supporting others in our families and communities to find calm and clarity when they are reactive or upset.
o   How to speak and listen so that conflict turns into collaboration, so that we access all parts of the brain for more creativity and inspiration and shared power.
o   Bringing together honesty and kindness; compassion and accountability; individuality and connection.

Attachment Theory:
Attachment Theory show us how our early childhood relationships set the foundation for how we relate to ourselves and to others throughout our lives.
o   How do our early childhood experiences of bonding and attachment affect who we become and how we experience adult relationships?
o   How do we build healthy and secure relationships with partners, friends, family members, co-workers clients?
o   How can we understand challenging behaviour through the lens of Attachment Theory, and what can we do about it?

Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB):
IPNB shows us how our significant relationships shape our brains and nervous systems.
o   What happens in our brains and nervous systems when we feel safe and accepted, and when there is disconnection and conflict?
o   How can we continue developing neural pathways for emotional regulation and mental health?
o   What can we do to transform the impacts of our challenging and painful childhood experiences?
o   How can we support others to transform their challenging and painful childhood experiences?

“The group feels more connected, vibrant and curious about one another. They have used the skills in NVC with students and with each other and for the most part with excellent results, or at the least, recognition of how they could have done something better in the discussion. The whole team seems to have let go of past resentments and are working actively towards open and engaging communication. Thanks again Eric.”
Rhonda Schmitz MA CYC, Chair Health and Human Services, Selkirk College

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 up and to help integrate the learning.

If 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.

Based in Vancouver, BC, Eric Bowers is a CNVC Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer with extensive training in Attachment Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology.  Eric offers professional training, courses, workshops, retreats, keynotes, telecourses and counseling.  Over the last eight years Eric has shared his work throughout BC, AB, and the US.

“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