The Parent Peer Leadership Program
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Program Timeline & Components

The 2017 Parent Peer Leadership Program runs from October 2017 through June 2018. The program components are structured for long-distance learning in order to include participants from diverse geographic regions. Each of these components is described in further detail below.
To participate participants require internet access and a phone line (long distance calling to a US telephone number.)

1) Personal Introductory Support Call with Trainers 

Each participant will have an introductory phone call with either Ingrid or Stephanie in mid/late November, to establish connection and answer any questions about the program. Additional support calls for parenting or leadership coaching can be arranged with Ingrid or Stephanie. 

Stephanie, as a CNVC assessor, is also accepting candidates as well as offering mentoring to support candidates in their CNVC journey towards certification.

2) Video Conference Calls 

Starting in October, the PPLP begins online classes (web or phone conference calls). These will be weekly for about the first 5 weeks, to build connection and a shared base of learning, and will include smaller coached empathy group sessions. Beginning in late November/beginning of December, conference calls will continue on a bi-weekly basis. There will be at least 20 of these web conference calls over the course of the 9-month program, with each class formally lasting 1.5 hours. While most of these classes will be with the program leaders, guest trainers (such as program assistants) may enrich the program.

There will be one or two scheduled video calls times to give an opportunity for participants from all time zones to join. Final decision will depend on participants' time zones. The time(s) will remain constant throughout the program. 

Web Conference Calls Time(s): While we value interdependence and will finalize times once we have clarity of the number of participants and the time zones they live in, at this time we are planning ​to offer two possibilities, from which we may choose one or both:

12 p.m. (noon) Eastern Time 
7 p.m. Eastern Time  
Time Zone Converter

All web classes will be recorded. Participants who are unable to join a particular class, will be able to download or listen to the recording later online at a convenient time. Recordings remain available for 120 days after each call.

To support your learning experience, please watch the video tutorial, "Joining a Meeting with Zoom,": 

3) Weekly Study Assignment with Monthly Feedback

At the beginning of the program, every participant will receive access to a classroom site to download course materials equivalent to thee binders filled with abundant learning and curriculum materials. Each week, participants are given reading and journaling suggestions from these binders to focus on. Journals can be engaged with in writing, with a buddy, or in other creative ways.

Once a month, participants are invited to send in a journal to a program assistant by email for supportive feedback. Feedback opportunities tend to provide rich sources of support for learning, growth and integration.

4) Empathy Buddy Phone Calls

Participants in the PPLP will be paired up with a regular buddy in order to exchange empathy and support. Buddies will schedule weekly or bi-weekly, one-hour phone calls. 

Empathy buddy relationships are one of the strongest components of this program in that they give all participants opportunities for mutual contribution, community, relationship building, practice with the learning, integration, empathy and healing, and deep connection. As your participation in these calls affects another person’s experience of the program as well as your own, we ask that participants make a strong commitment to staying connected regularly.

5) Individual Tele-support Sessions with the Leadership Team

During the course of the program, each participant will have access to four telephone sessions with a leadership team assistant for feedback and support. Each session typically lasts 30 minutes to one hour. Participants have expressed deep gratitude for the depth of insight, support and empathy they have received during these calls.

6) Wiki Website, Email Support Group and an Intimate Learning Community

An email group for program participants serves as a forum to share challenges, offer mutual support and empathy, exchange information, and build community. It has been a rich resource for program participants for mournings and celebrations, support, feedback and deep connection.

The Wiki website offers a “classroom” to access program documents, a roster with photos, web conference calls recordings, articles and more. Links and details for these will be provided as the program begins.

7) Materials & Curricula for Sharing NVC

All participants will be asked to begin to share NVC in their communities by late March 2018. To support this goal, participants receive a detailed curriculum for sharing NVC with parents that they can follow (if they wish), flyers they can use for promotion, a Power Point presentation, and more. 

This aspect of the program, like all other components, is highly supportive, such that even participants who have had great trepidation about beginning to share NVC have done so successfully.

Sample Topics

Following is a general outline from past years, with sample topics. Actual timeline and topics may vary, depending on participant needs. While we make a distinction between “Personal Focus” and “Leadership Focus” in order to support clarity about our emphasis at different points in the program, the subjects of personal integration as well as leadership are addressed and woven into the fabric of the whole program. 

Personal Focus: Sample topics

  • Key assumptions and intentions of NVC
  • What is parenting with NVC?
  • Proactive conversations; power-over, power-with; protective force; “boundaries” 
  • Deepening needs consciousness (going below “surface-level” needs)
  • Attachment and connection as a foundationDeepening work with yes and no; transforming our relationship to what we want
  • Working with anger
  • Deepening empathy consciousness
  • Mediation
  • The art of self-expression and requests
  • Power, resources, and choice

Leadership Focus: Sample Topics

  • Understanding and explaining NVC, including key distinctions
  • Sharing NVC: CNVC requests; PPLP materials review
  • Leadership skills: Exploration of leadership skills & self-assessment
  • Preparation for leading: Exploration of fears
  • Preparation for leading: working with what’s alive vs. what’s planned; using role plays; giving and receiving feedback with NVC; coaching skills; dealing with “difficult” participants
  • Working with Recurring Triggers


Click here to listen to an info call with Ingrid and Stephanie.