Meet the Trainers
Each of us are Certified Trainers with the Center for Nonviolent Communication
Kirsten Kristensen (Denmark – Odense)
Kirsten is a family therapist, mediator and Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication,
through which she has led Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainings in Europe, Asia and the U.S..
Her passion is to contribute to the personal development and healing that enables people to move closer to conflicts and to grow relational competencies. People who experience Kirsten’s training and facilitation often express enjoyment of how she models what she teaches with a drizzle of humor.
For 22 years, Kirsten has devoted her working life to supporting others in personal development and between 1998 and 2006, she spent more than 100 days learning with Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of Nonviolent Communication.
In 2014, Kirsten was on the trainer team for Healing and Reconciliation with NVC in Nepal, which resulted in a documentary “Raamro Aakha Ma (In the Eyes of the Good).” (watch here
She leads year-long NVC programs in Denmark and Germany and serves as a consultant and supervisor for institutions and organizations. She also publishes books on NVC in Danish and films about “Culture of Peace in Schools with NVC”. Learn more about Kirsten here.
Gina Lawrie (United Kingdom – Surrey)
Gina has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 1997 and integrated NVC into her practice as a consultant, coach and trainer in both personal and organizational development. Being a facilitator of Open Space Technology, she recognized the synergy between OST and NVC and facilitated the first two giraffe conventions as well as other events since then.
Gina may be best known in the NVC community for co-creating the NVC Dance Floors
with Bridget Belgrave. This innovative method for sharing and practicing NVC is now translated into seven languages – NVC Dance Floors.
Gina continues to share NVC internationally, and introduced NVC to Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. She is an experienced assessor for certification with CNVC, and has trained on previous IIT’s both with and without Marshall Rosenberg.
From 2007 to 2012 Gina was a trainer with the NVC Training Institute, collaborating with Robert Gonzales and Susan Skye, offering in-depth residential retreats “Living Energy of Needs” worldwide.
Learn more about Gina here
Jeff Brown (United States – Ohio)
Jeff has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2005, and has led hundreds of trainings in 28 U.S. states and seven countries including South Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Romania and the U.K.
People who experience Jeff’s training, coaching, and group facilitation describe him as having a combination of authenticity, vulnerability and humor that engages audiences of all kinds.
In addition to conducting hundreds of personal development workshops for individuals, Jeff works with leaders of organizations to increase collaboration and implement systems for:
- Running engaging meetings that people enjoy participating in.
- Making decisions in a way that is both inclusive and effective.
- Giving and receiving feedback in a way that connects rather than stimulates defensiveness.
- Addressing conflict creatively when it arises to prevent it from festering and causing bigger problems.
Jeff is a trainer and consultant with the Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio
, a nonprofit organization based in Columbus, Ohio, and previously served as the organization’s Executive Director from 2009-2015.
He has a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica (Los Angeles, CA) and facilitates difficult conversations with people in conflict using mediation, victim-offender reconciliation and Restorative Circles. Learn more about Jeff here.
Kathleen Macferran (United States – Washington state)
Kathleen holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication
since 2003 and serves as an assessor with with organization by supporting trainer candidates through a community-based certification process.
Offering communication and conflict resolution exploration is a passion of hers having worked with organizations and individuals including businesses, schools, colleges, community groups, faith-based communities, hospitals, families, prison inmates, and correctional and law enforcement employees. Kathleen is on the faculty of Seattle Central Community College where she offers courses in Conflict Management.
Kathleen enjoys exploring ways to engage with conflict in life-serving ways through the development of restorative systems. She serves as a lead trainer for the Freedom Project of Seattle
, an organization that strengthens community safety by supporting the transformation of prisoners into peacemakers.
Kathleen offers trainings in concrete skills of nonviolence leading to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones and the community. For over 25 years Kathleen has explored ways to restore harmony to communities. Her experience includes two decades as a music conductor and leader of a nonprofit organization, and seven years as a public school teacher. Learn more about Kathleen here and view a video of her TEDx talk here.