Creating Secure Attachment Relationships Using Nonviolent Communication

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Event: Creating Secure Attachment Relationships Using Nonviolent Communication

Date: 1/22/20

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 am

Where: Penn Foundation – Loux Center (Univest Community Room)

Cost: $75.00


About the Course

This course provides participants with the theory, skills and practice of establishing empathic connection, attuned communication and secure attachment in relationships.  Participants will increase their understanding of the Secure Attachment, Insecure Attachment and Disorganized Attachment patterns and how these patterns present in individuals and in relationships.  By learning the principles and process of Nonviolent Communication, participants will learn how to increase self-awareness, self-empathy and empathic connection with others.  Participants will practice and build effective communication skills with the intention of introducing Nonviolent Communication to clients.  Through the actual practice of the Nonviolent Communication four part process, participants will be able to look beneath the surface of behavior to the needs that are driving the behavior, be able to create more understanding and empathic connection between people and rebuild suboptimal attachment patterns to more safety and security.


Course Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify the basic components of Secure Attachment, Insecure Attachment and Disorganized Attachment.
  • Participants will be able to recognize the traits of each of the Attachment type.
  • Participants will be able to identify caregiving patterns that are likely to produce shame states in children.
  • Participants will be able to identify the importance and benefits of Nonviolent Communication, including its application to parental self-awareness and attuning to the needs of children.
  • Participants will be able to describe the basic principles of Nonviolent Communication.
  • Participants will be able to identify the importance of empathy in relationships, and be able to identify what is empathy and what is not empathy.


Target Audience

Target audience includes social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, recovery coaches, peer specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, and substance abuse counselors for this intermediate level of instruction.



  • 3.0 PCB Approved Education Credits
  • 3.0 Continuing Education Credits for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • 3.0 Continuing Education Credits for Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)


There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

All attendees must arrive promptly at the beginning of the training and remain the duration of the training to receive continuing education credits.  Please have license number available when signing in.

Persons with disabilities and special needs are encouraged to contact the registrar for further information.


About the Presenter

Barbara Kopystecki, MA, has worked with children and families for over 20 years as a family therapist.  She is currently the Clinical Supervisor of the Family Based Program at the Penn Foundation in Sellersville, PA, where she also serves as the Director of Trauma Services.  She holds a certification in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA.  Most recently, Barbara has taught workshops in Attachment and Nonviolent Communication, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), as well as conducted various trainings on topics related to trauma awareness and trauma treatment.

Lauren Verbilla, LPC, has been working with families in the community for over ten years.  She joined Penn Foundation in 2015 as the Director of Family Based Services in Sellersville, PA.  She has written and presented on issues concerning families today such as maintaining connection with children during difficult times, fostering resilience in adolescents, and the benefits of using Nonviolent Communication.  Lauren is also a member of the Penn Foundation Speakers Bureau and has worked closely with area schools facilitating wellness groups for students.



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  • Leu, Lucy, Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook:  A Practical Guide for Individual, Group or Classroom Study, 2nd edition, 2015
  • Rosenberg, Marshall, Nonviolent Communication:  A Language of Life, 3rd Edition:  Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides) Paperback – September 1, 2015
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  • Seigel, Daniel J., The Whole-Brain Child:  12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, 2012


For more information, contact Karen M. Kern at 215.453.5171 or


If you do not receive the professional benefits described in our program materials or you have some other professional complaint, please let us know in writing within 7 days of the training and we will honor your request for a refund.


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