It has been such a great learning experience. I didn’t really know what to expect. I feel very excited and inspired by what I have learnt. I look forward to taking this into all areas of my life.
Excellent forum to learn more about the Together Approach... Directly relevant to all aspects of school life. Wonderful instruction and exercises - thank you!
Life changing! It doesn’t necessarily make the task of parenting easier but it does make it more meaningful and provides a pathway out of sticky situations. I have learnt more about myself and it has enriched all of my relationships not just the relationship I have with my children.
ABOUT THE TOGETHER APPROACH
The Together Approach is a toolkit of interpersonal skills.
It's powerful – it dramatically improves relationships in and outside of work
It's remarkable – you can achieve significant shifts are just 3 hours of learning
It’s simple – there are just a few core principles that you can apply in hundreds of different ways
It’s exciting – Together skills can be a game changer for meaningful social change
It’s robust – it makes sense intellectually, emotionally and practically, appealing to a whole variety of people
Scroll down to get a flavour of the Approach.
The tools are solidly based in the work of Marshall Rosenberg and Nonviolent Communication. I want to acknowledge him and all the NVC trainers and colleagues I have learned from in the UK and internationally over many years.
And the name? I believe that each of us has enormous value to contribute, and that we solve problems most effectively when we come together in ways that work. The challenge of our times to bridge the huge gaps between us is met in an approach which helps us deeply understand the other whilst remaining absolutely true to what we hold most precious ourselves.
A FLAVOUR OF THE TOGETHER APPROACH
We all live in both worlds. The Together Approach tools help us to spend more time in the Together world.
Judging myself or someone else
Either head or heart rules
Someone's needs are more important
Too much confusion, resignation, despair, anxiety, anger, guilt
Unconsciously repeat patterns from my family, or rebel and do the opposite
Make demands of others
Rewarding, sanctioning, manipulating, coercing
Attacking and defending
Someone plays the victim of others' actions
If only it weren't like that
Compassionate understanding of myself and others
Head and heart work together
Everyone's needs are held with equal care
More than enough purpose, confidence, belonging, trust, fun, clarity
Change patterns consciously and do what works for me
Request what you need in ways that work
Firm, considerate boundaries
Feedback, appreciation, joint strategy
Everyone takes responsibility and acts with power
It is like that (at the moment). What do I want to do about it?