Purpose & History
The Parent Peer Leadership Program
The purpose of the PPLP is to support such leaders to deepen their capacity to:
- Understand NVC – to have clarity about NVC practices and the consciousness underlying these practices;
- Live NVC – to integrate NVC consciousness and skills in daily life and in your family;
- Share NVC – to have the skills, awareness and support needed to begin to share NVC principles and practices with parents and model NVC consciousness in the learning/teaching process.
PPLP participants have ranged from NVC practitioners who are completely new to sharing NVC with others, to independent and certified trainers, and everything in between.
History of the Program
Inbal Kashtan led the first exciting PPLP family camp and 2006 Parent Peer Leadership Program, assisted by Ingrid Bauer and Cat Zavis. For health reasons, Inbal entrusted the leadership of the PPLP to Ingrid Bauer beginning in 2007.
Since then, Stephanie and Ingrid have enriched the program with their own work and perspectives, in particular adding pieces related to attachment theory, child development, neuroscience, mindfulness training, anger, and looking deeply at recurring triggers to create self-understanding. Numerous experienced assistants, all graduates of the program, have lovingly contributed their time and energy to complete the leadership teams since 2007.
A Message from Inbal Kashtan
For those who don't know me, I'm the person who started the parenting yahoo group over a decade ago.
I also started CNVC's parenting project and the first family camps in the U.S., and many other things.
In 2007 I was diagnosed with cancer and have been dealing with active cancer for most of the time since 2009.
At this moment I am moved to write because I'm longing to contribute to you! I hope you'll take a moment to read this message, and I hope it may offer you an avenue for support, empathy, learning, growth, and community with like-hearted parents.
When I was actively visioning and working on implementing access to NVC for parents, I came up with the idea of a Parent Peer Leadership Program (PPLP), a model that, in my vision, would help create support networks around the world for more and more parents and families.
I started the program, but after just one year of leading it, I was diagnosed with cancer...
The PPLP is the single most powerful vehicle that I am aware of to take a HUGE LEAP in your understanding of NVC and your capacity to live it with your family and community. Plus it gives you fabulous leadership tools you can use to share what you learn.
For me, the capacity to parent in line with my values has been such a phenomenal gift -- my son is now 15, and I am grateful every day for the quality of connection and trust we have. This was what I wanted as a parent, but without NVC, I doubt that I would have had the clarity and skills to know how to do it.
I really don't want anyone to miss the opportunity to join the PPLP, so I invite you to take action right now.
My dream is to have hundreds of parents around the world -- no, THOUSANDS -- living in integrity with their values of prioritizing connection in their family, holding everyone' s needs with care, sharing power, building trust, making peace -- and sharing their experiences and learning with others.
My bigger dream is to transform our society' s basic assumptions about parenting, so that all parents who choose to may participate in raising a generation of young people who increasingly have the skills our world needs: to thrive, to live interdependently, to make peace.
I'm writing this with passion and love and hope,
(1965 - 2014)