"Compassion is the living awareness that every act that I take, every expression, is an expression of my humanity. That means that, at any moment, we are always doing the best that we know how.”

Robert Gonzales






























About Us

Robert Gonzales

Robert GonzalesThough Robert passed away in November 2021, his grand passion was in the spirituality of compassionate communication. He saw compassionate communication both as a process that helps us connect more authentically with ourselves and others, and as a spiritual practice and a way of living.

Robert Gonzales received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1989. He met Marshall Rosenberg and Nonviolent Communication in 1985, and has been offering Nonviolent Communication training in some form since 1986. His original training is as a licensed psychotherapist.

Robert has offered Nonviolent Communication training for community colleges, high schools, churches, social workers, psychologists, mediators, teenagers and public groups. He has taught psychology, counseling and communication at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. In June 2000, he established the Prescott Center for Nonviolent Communication. In June 2010, he relocated to Portland, Oregon and changed the organization’s name to Center for Living Compassion.

Robert is past President of the board of directors for the Center for Nonviolent Communication. He is a certified trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication and a trainer at many NVC Intensive International Trainings. Robert is a former assessor in North America for certifying NVC Trainers. He was one of the co-founders of the NVC Training Institute, a team of NVC trainers who offer in-depth and continuing NVC training in the United States and Europe.

Jeff  - is the Administrative Assistant for the Center for Living Compassion.

Jeff has been an organizer, trainer, and administrator in the Nonviolent Communication network since 2003. He was Executive Director of the Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio, a nonprofit organization in Columbus, Ohio from 2009-2015. He has managed programs for more than a dozen trainers including the NVC Training Institute, a trainer group that Robert co-founded in 2000.

Jeff has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2005 and was a trainer in several hundred NVC programs in 30 U.S. states and 9 countries including South Korea, the Netherlands, Japan, Denmark, Greece, Germany, Romania, and the U.K.