CONVENOR: Rita Herzog
RECORDER: Kneale Quayle
OTHERS PRESENT: John Abbe, Lynette Allen, Jane Sly, Suska Davis, Sorsey Lawson, Kathi Aichner, Towe Widstrand, Gina Lawrie, Robert Gonzales, John Cunningham, Reid Gervais, Barbara Gilday, Ursala Duncan, Meta Hough
Discussion and recommendations

What needs of CNVC and candidates are we wanting to meet?

Credibility, consistency, connection, clarity, support & encouragement, learning/teaching,continuing learning.

Desire for the CNVC trainer designation will have a positive economic impact for the candidate that would not exist without the training and certification.

In the context of the CNVC mission we assume that the certification process is here to further the mission of CNVC.

Certification is not considered the be all and end all of teaching NVC; it is estimated that 80% of NVC learning in the world may be carried out by non-certified trainers. There is no desire to restrict this, only to provide a consistent quality of training. Much of the training in the world happens in families, schools, organizations much of which CNVC may not be aware of. CNVC does not wish to control or restrict this process.

The desire of CNVC is to establish a critical mass of NVC awareness that can take the training to the world's needs. CNVC has a desire to maintain the integrity of the certified training process and to put it out in the world in as pure a way as possible.

New Developments: A committee of 9 training assessors was formed in March/2001, to review the previous certification process and establish a new process that will remain consistent as long as possible. An assessor training program is being developed and tested concurrently at the Bellingham IIT.

Part of the certification process is demonstrating that trainers are living and working in the world as if they are already a certified trainer. (Living and working in life-serving ways). A new policy will provide continuing education for the certified trainers.

New Steps for Certification:

1. When an inquiry about certification is received a letter will be sent requesting the potential candidate submit a one-page description explaining their desire for certification and a description of their previous experience and training. CNVC will request that the candidate has received at least 6-8 hours of basic NVC training prior to receiving a certified trainer package. The intent is to be sure that the person is aware of what NVC is about. This provides an opportunity to assess whether or not a person's needs are congruent with the intent of CNVC.

2. Upon receipt of the candidates letter, a full package consisting of an overview of the CNVC trainer agreement, CNVC expectations of trainers and benefits to trainers will be sent. This information will include the expected number of hours of training required and the number of IIT's expected. The candidates will be asked to express in writing their desire to work with CNVC and have a belief in the vision of CNVC. 90% of the process of certification is pre-assessment and self assessment.

  • The preparation material contains several documents:

  • Theory and concept of NVC

  • A guide to living the process - practicing self empathy and personal instructions
    Teaching skills

  • Suggestions for creating the learning process in your own life including establishing and supporting practice groups, journalling and 12 in-depth suggestions from the experience of certified trainers.

  • Feedback form for associates with a check list of observational feedback

  • Copy of the final assessment session format and content including role plays emphasizing specific aspects of the NVC model

  • Supportive materials to help people get started as trainers

  • Recommended reading list

  • Suggestions for an introductory workshop

3. An assessment coordinator will receive the completed documentation from the candidate and set up a telephone call to discuss the material. If the assessor is not satisfied with the response, specific feedback will be provided to assist the candidate to reapply. The candidate will complete a self-evaluation

If a mutual decision to certify is reached the candidate will receive information on completing the process, then a 3 hour session will be set up to make a final decision.

The certification package is expected to be available following the Bellingham IIT. It is expected that within a year or two another group of assessors will be trained by the 1st generation of assessors