Nonprofit Workshops

The Art and Science of Difficult Conversations


Oct 19, 2021 - Oct 21, 2021


9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.




Dr. Michael Christie



Authentic conversations about race, equity, vaccines and re-opening challenge us to the core.

Using principles from Nonviolent Communication and an understanding of the neuroscience behind communicating, participants will explore Need-Based Awareness (NBA). NBA is a practice that transforms relationships to help cultivate win-win outcomes. NBA teaches participants simple tools to skillfully navigate conflicts, offer compassionate feedback, cultivate deep listening to oneself and to others, and increase connections.

This two-part series also shares tools of how to navigate challenging conversations and how to be grounded when you hear 'NO.'

Note: Participants must attend both sessions.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Chung.

About the presenter

Dr. Michael Christie discovered Nonviolent Communication (NVC) while offering Mindfulness workshops to inmates in prison. He has been facilitating NVC in the prison system since 2016. After 20 years in the Pharmaceutical Industry as a senior Oncology specialist, he switched careers to become Chaplain supervisor with the Connecticut Department of Correction. He is a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor, is trained in trauma, Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). Dr. Christie facilitates Need Base Communication for organizations, churches and individuals, and coaches on race relations and bridging the divide between institutions and religious organizations. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree at Hartford Seminary. Dr. Christie teaches and speaks on Nonviolent/Compassionate Communication, Empathy training, the benefits of Gratitude and the Science of Happiness.