Published on July 14th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
“Alternatives to Violence Project” (AVP) Workshops
A new series of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops are being offered in Columbia, South Carolina, sponsored by The Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers). Ten of the participants in the first series who completed all workshops (held in December, January and February) are enthusiastically continuing work with the recently formed “Alternatives to Violence – South Carolina” Council.
AVP workshops are each limited to twenty participants. Each workshop builds upon skills learned in the previous workshop. The next series of three workshops will be presented this summer/fall.
- Basic Workshop – July 24-26, 2015
- Advanced Workshop – August 21-23, 2015
- Training for Trainers Workshop – September 18-20, 2015
Participants are encouraged to plan to attend all three workshops. A certification of completion is given upon completion of each workshop.
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 evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday afternoon for a total of 18 – 20 required hours. Registration is $35 for each workshop; scholarships may be available.
The Alternatives 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 our culture 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.