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Fri, Feb 09


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Understanding & Applying Non-Violent Communication with System-Involved Youth & Families

Kelsey Pacha

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Understanding & Applying Non-Violent Communication with System-Involved Youth & Families
Understanding & Applying Non-Violent Communication with System-Involved Youth & Families

Time & Location

Feb 09, 2024, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST

Online Event

About the Event

Kelsey Pacha

Training Description

This training supports those that serve and/or support system involved youth in learning about non-violent communication (NVC) and applying it with children, adolescents, & their caregivers. NVC can be used to communicate more effectively, empathetically, & clearly with our clients, colleagues, & other important stakeholders in the lives of system involved youth and families. In this training session, we will identify at least four principles of NVC and apply them in two activities designed to prepare participants for difficult conversations with both young people & adults.

Learning Objectives

• Identify four principles of non-violent communication. 

• Apply these principles in at least 1 rewording activity.

• Acquire at least one strategy for embodying non-violent communication principles through roleplay activity.


10:00-11:00am Introductions. Define non-violent communication, identify four principles of NVC. Explore the history of non-violent communication & possible applications to work with system-involved youth & families.

11:00-11:15am Break (CE Hours will not be offered for this time)

11:15am-12:00pm Small group rewording activity to de-escalate conversations with children,

youth, & adults.

12:00-1:00pm Small group roleplay & debrief. Final Questions & Answers and wrap-up.

Meet Our Trainer

Kelsey Pacha, MA, M.Div. is a trans man who has worked with marginalized communities for 15+ years in a variety of settings. He holds a Master of Religion and Psychology, Master of Divinity, and Certificate of Sexuality and Religion from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He is the owner of Kelsey Pacha Consulting, which supports the work of institutions and individuals in increasing their capacity for cultural humility and social justice-informed institutional change. Kelsey offers educational trainings and LGBTQ workplace policy expertise with an emphasis on practical skills, identity awareness, and personal empowerment. He regularly works with corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion officers and LGBTQ affinity groups, as well as legal, clinical, medical, and direct service (including child welfare and faith leader) personnel. For more information, visit or email

This course meets the qualifications for (2.75) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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