Fred Sly, PhD and Certified Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Trainer, has been exploring violence for the past 40 years.
He began his exploration as a builder using sustainable methods and materials, in an effort to address the environmental challenges imposed by conventional building practices.
Over the past 20 years he’s been exploring how psychological trauma can promote violence within and among humans, and to the rest of the world as well.
Fred helped found and then led the Bay NVC Safer Communities Program, teaching Nonviolent Communication in California’s San Quentin state prison. In 2008, he co-founded and led the Oregon Prison Project (OPP), which brings NVC education to inmates while simultaneously training volunteers to provide NVC education inside correctional facilities. He developed the OPP curriculum, trained the volunteers, and served as program director and lead educator until 2018. OPP is currently bringing 24 volunteer NVC trainers into four adult correctional facilities, one youth authority facility, and one post-release program in Oregon.
Fred’s OPP curriculum and teaching materials have now been shared with correctional facilities in 8 other states and two foreign countries. Fred continues to support prisons and prison systems in implementing the OPP curriculum through his “Thriving Inside” consulting practice.
In 2009, he founded Rose City NVC (RCNVC), which has provided NVC education to thousands of individuals, couples, families, organizations, and businesses throughout Portland and northwest Oregon. In 2018, Fred passed RCNVC on to the capable hands of long-time co-trainers Sandra Amiry and Xander MacSwan.
Fred earned a doctorate in Psychology in 2013, specializing in factors promoting violence and the role of empathy in addressing violence. His journey has also included certification as a mindfulness facilitator and many hours of additional training in trauma and Interpersonal Neurobiology.
Most recently, Fred has been exploring the highly encouraging research demonstrating the amazing effectiveness of psychedelics in addressing treatment-resistant PTSD.
Fred maintains an individual practice in Portland, OR working with individuals, especially veterans, who are experiencing the symptoms of PTSD.
In the winter Fred is likely to be found where there is warm water and gentle waves.