Supporting personal & professional growth.

Empowering Communication


Empathic Listening and the Power of Nonviolent Communication


Why Relationships of All Kinds Break Down and

How to Make Yours Last

Scroll down to learn about co-facilitators Patrick Morency and Leslie Ritter-Jenkins

February 23, 2019

9 am - 4:30 pm

1900 W. Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612 

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An active member of the ManKind Project Hawaii Community with a desire to promote consciousness in the world, he first explored NVC in 2017. Seeing his first empathetic listening session as ‘Magic’, to cultivate skills he attended numerous trainings and workshops over the past year and a half, including a 10 day International Intensive NVC Training in Houston. Patrick presented his first Nonviolent Communication workshop last November for the Native American Church in Oregon.

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In 2001, Leslie began studying and integrating Nonviolent Communication into her life and work. In 2013, she became a certified trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication. She studied with Marshall Rosenberg the founder of NVC and Dominic Barter the creator of Restorative Circles. Leslie has presented NVC workshops and coached leaders in for-profit and not-for-profit companies, social service, and faith organizations, and facilitated circles for organizations in conflict.


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For mental health professionals in Chicago, the Institute for Empowering Communication is

  • the only source for CEU-based therapy training in Chicago that
  • creates professional development and consciousness transformation -which can be taught to clients- because we teach a unique
  • Empathic Connection Framework that is the foundation of all therapeutic work.

The Institute for Empowering Communication is certified by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to provide continuing education units for: Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, license #197.000.188; Licensed Social Workers and Licensed Clinical Social workers, license #59.001129; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, license #168.000192