Everyone begins their participation in OPP as an Observer, to orient interested individuals to the prison environment and to support them in determining whether making a long-term commitment to participating in our program would meet their needs.
For those who meet the relevant requirements, there are two ways to participate in OPP after completion of the observation period:
- If you are an NVC-Certified or equivalent skill-level trainer, you can become a Volunteer Trainer at one of our facilities.
- If you are a skilled and committed practitioner of NVC, you may become a volunteer as well. We ask that you are engaged in your own NVC study and/or leadership program outside of OPP, as we are not a program in which to learn NVC, but rather to practice teaching NVC. Rose City NVC offers a Teacher Training Program that meets our requirements.
Each volunteer is interviewed to explore their goals and needs and determine where they best fit within OPP’s program.
What’s Unique about OPP as a Teacher Training Venue?
As an NVC Teacher Training venue supervised by a CNVC Certified Trainer, OPP offers several unique kinds of support for those longing to learn how to teach NVC in their communities at an affordable cost, including:
- Training in delivering an NVC Education Program curriculum that has been so effective in the Oregon prison locations where it’s been offered that the Oregon Board of Parole is now referring other inmates to OPP’s NVC classes
- The opportunity to teach NVC classes that are offered as many as 48 weeks each calendar year, without having to develop teaching methods or curricula, attract students, rent space, or administer their own free or fee-based NVC classes in their communities. Note: This meets the teaching day requirements for CNVC Certification.