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2nd Annual
International Conference on
Transgenerational Trauma
     October 16-19, 2013

     Amman, Jordan

~ Proposal Form
~ Press Room



8th Annual
International Conference on
Engaging The OTHER
     Spring, 2014
     Michigan USA

~ Proposal Form
~ Press Room


5th Annual
International Conference on
Religion, Conflict, & Peace
      Spring, 2013
Dearborn, Michigan USA

~ Proposal Form
~ Press Room
~ Previous 2012 Program



Social Health Care - SHC
Training & Treatment Program
 Trauma Recovery - Jordan

Catastrophic Trauma
Recovery Training - CTR

Bait Al Hayat / House of Life - Children's Treatment Center

Capacity for Peace and Democracy


Multimedia Library

Topical Articles and Chapters

Volunteer and Internship opportunities


Partnership and
Consulting Services

About Us and
Available Speakers


Endorsing and Supporting Organizations

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5th Annual International Conference on
Religion, Conflict, and Peace:
Walking The Talk To Compassion And Harmony

An Official Partner and Event of
Charter For Compassion
and Parliament of World Religions

Spring, 2013  ~ Dearborn, Michigan USA

~ Call For Proposals ~

Watch for updated details on 2013 5th RCP Conference ~


  1 Page RCP Color Flyer - to Print and Post  (pdf file)

  1 Page RCP Black & White Flyer - to Print and Post  (pdf file)

  1 Page RCP Color 14" Poster - to Print and Post  (pdf file)

  Conference E-Mail Notice

  Previous 2012 RCP Full Program

  Previous 2012 Presenter Biographicals

 Program Overview, Schedule, and Guidelines

  Registration and Fees - To be posted

  Recorded On-site Interviews and Proceedings  

  Background on Common Bond Institute   (pdf file)

  Background on International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA)

  Background on Steve Olweean  

  Underlying Concepts   

  Voices of Reason   Articles and Chapters on Underlying Concepts

Registration is
Open To The Public

 Guidelines For Compassionate Dialogue
The RCP Conference strives to promote an inclusive, compassionate dialogue that honors different personal experiences, perspectives, and narratives, while allowing for better expressing and listening to each other as we work together toward understanding and harmony. Our intention is to create an open venue where we can engage meaningfully and invite in a public dialogue that brings our joint wisdom to bear in exploring sometimes difficult issues that effect us all. This is based on the premise that it does not require that we be the same to be appreciate of, at peace with, and secure in our relationships with each other; only that we be familiar enough with each others story to share the humanity and trustworthiness that resides in each of us.
We ask all participants to assist us by carrying and expressing this intent throughout the conference.

NonViolent Communication Guidelines: (adapted from Marshall Rosenberg)

Unique Assumptions—NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. It also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that all actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.

While NVC is much more than a communication model, the components below provide a structural concept of the process that leads to giving and receiving from the heart.

Honestly Expressing how I am and what I would like without using blame, criticism or demands

Empathically Receiving how another is and what he/she would like without hearing blame, criticism or demands  

Whether expressing or receiving, NVC focuses our attention on four pieces of information:

1) Observations —Objectively describing what is going on without using evaluation, moralistic judgment, interpretation or diagnosis
2) Feelings —Saying how you feel (emotions and body sensations) about what you have observed without assigning blame
3) Needs —The basic human needs that are or not being met and are the source of feelings
4) Requests —Clear request for actions that can meet needs     

2013 RCP Conference Information:

Registration is Open To The Public

'11, '10
and '09 Programs, Proceedings, & Outcomes

Previous 2011 RCP Conf. Information:   
   Previous '11 RCP Program Sessions
   Previous '11 Presenter Biographicals and Photos

Previous 2010 RCP Conf. Information:   
   Previous '10 RCP Program Sessions
   Previous '10 Presenter Biographicals and Photos
   Previous '10 List of Presenters and Schedule Outline

Common Bond Institute
Steve Olweean, Director,
12170  S. Pine Ayr Drive •
Climax, Michigan49034 USA
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