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First Aid for the Heart: Compassionate Communication for the Workplace


  • Center for Compassionate Living 803 SW Industrial Drive Way, #200 Bend, OR 97702 (map)
Photo credit: Denise Torres

Photo credit: Denise Torres

4-Week Class: Thursdays, Jan 4 - 25; 6 - 8 p.m.

When the workplace is more stressful than the work you do, a “first aid kit” can be just what you’re looking for. Similar to an actual first aid class, this workshop shows us how to offer ourselves immediate comfort and aid when facing: 

  • Reactivity
  • Lack of trust, appreciation, or a sense of safety
  • Gossip and triangulation
  • Resentment
  • Bullying
  • A demanding “top down” management system
  • Depletion and exhaustion arising from impermanent or improbable resolutions to conflict and disagreements

In this class, we’ll explore the neuroscience behind conflict as well as our classic responses, and learn how these strategies can increase stress. As an alternative, we’ll practice:

  • How to stop and pause in the middle of a difficulty.
  • How to offer ourselves kindness and compassion in the midst of it all.
  • How to recognize the kind of self talk that isn’t helpful and replace it with more helpful strategies.
  • How to speak up in a way that invites connection and mutuality (reducing one’s chances of getting into trouble for speaking up.)

This is an interactive workshop where we practice thinking and speaking in ways that bring greater honesty, compassion, and authenticity to our relationships - even when working within a strong hierarchical model.

Cost: $50. Sliding scale available in case of financial hardship.

Registration: Space is limited to 12 participants. Important: Compassionate Communication for the workplace, in our experience, has its best chances for success when at least two staff persons from the same organization attend. Those who have taken the training can then be supportive of each other as empathetic listeners when situations arise.  Contact Denise for more info or to register: email or call 530-867-3198.

Earlier Event: November 10
Can We Talk?
Later Event: January 20
How to be Kind to Yourself (Jan 20)