AVP offers three levels of workshops that enable people to practice the same non-violent skills and techniques that were used by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We learn to see beyond differences, explore common ground, resolve conflicts, and work for personal growth.
Our workshops use the shared experiences of participants, interactive exercises, games and role-plays to examine the ways we respond to situations where injustice, prejudice, frustration and anger may lead to aggressive behavior and violence. AVP is not therapy, and its format is not lecture-based but experiential.
Workshops are led by unpaid trained volunteers. Each workshop lasts about 20 hours, usually spread out over a few days or a full weekend. While each gathering has its own unique flavor because of the different personalities and experiences of participants, there are three AVP levels:
A Basic level workshop introduces basic conflict transformation skills including:
Establishing a sense of self-esteem, affirmation, trust and cooperation
Exploring methods of communication
Learning about creative ways of resolving conflicts
People who have attended the Basic workshop might want to take the Advanced level workshop, which focuses on:
The underlying causes of violence, both in ourselves and in the world around us, such as fear, anger, stereotyping, power, behavior
Deeper ways to resolve conflicts, including communication and forgiveness
If you have taken both Basic and Advanced AVP workshops and you are inspired to become an AVP volunteer, you can take the Training-for-Facilitators (T4F) workshop to learn:
The skills and confidence needed to help run a workshop
How to serve as a cooperative team member
Hands-on experience with specific AVP methods
After this workshop, you will apprentice with facilitation teams
in workshops and work with a local group to become a full-fledged facilitator.