The Alternative to Violence Project (AVP) is being offered for the first time in South Carolina, sponsored by The Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers).
Each workshop will be held at the Columbia Friends Meeting House, 120 Pisgah Church Road, Columbia, and will include five meals. The Basic workshop will be held Friday, all day Saturday, and Sunday afternoon for a total of 18 – 20 required hours. A $25 donation is suggested; scholarships are available.
AVP workshops are each limited to twenty participants. Each workshop builds upon skills learned in the previous workshop. The sessions are divided into three workshops; the Basic workshop is on December 12-14, the Advanced Level workshop is scheduled for January 9-11, 2015, and the Training for Trainers workshop is on February 6-8, 2015. Participants are encouraged to sign up for each of the workshops. A certification of completion is given upon completion of each workshop. Registration deadline for the December workshop is Dec. 1, 2014.
The Alternative to Violence Project uses a series of experiential learning exercises to teach skills of non-violent conflict resolution. Specifically, the focus is on Affirmation, Communication, Cooperation, Community, and Creative Conflict Resolution.
AVP is a non-denominational, multi-ethnic/multicultural international conflict resolution program. Currently hundreds of volunteers are presenting AVP training in 42 states and in 12 other countries.
This approach to resolving conflicts is being utilized in prisons, schools, and community organizations in society where violence seems to be increasingly prevalent.
AVP (www.avpusa.org) was developed in New York State in 1974, after the Attica riots, through collaboration between the Quaker community and inmates of the New York State prison system. The fact that they developed the format, exercises, and methodology cooperatively makes the workshops such an effective process. AVP has a spiritual base but promotes no religious doctrine. We believe there is a power for peace in everyone which, if we are open to it, can transform violent situations.
For more information, contact Diane Butler at 803-727-6307; email@example.com or register online at http://goo.gl/f5024R or download, print and mail your registration.