AVP 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. They developed the format, exercises and methodology, which make 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. We call this Transforming Power.
Basic workshops, (Dec. 12-14 2014) introduces the concepts, principles, and tools of nonviolent conflict resolution and Transforming Power. Once a participant has completed a Basic workshop, s/he is free to participate in the 2nd level, advanced workshop.
Advanced workshops (tentatively scheduled for Jan 9-11 2015) promote a deeper look at aspects of violence such as stereotyping, power, fear, and anger. They may also focus on related topics such as gender issues and forgiveness. They build upon our collective experience in communication, cooperation and problem solving.
Training for Trainers (tentatively scheduled for Feb. 6-8 2015) is offered to those who have completed a Basic and at least one Advanced workshop and are interested in becoming AVP facilitators.
Workshops typically consist of 15 – 20 participants. Experiential in nature, the workshops employ a dynamic, hands-on learning process that promotes personal reflection and support for and from others. Using a variety of exercises, games, discussions, and role-plays, a community of trust is built where participants are encouraged to explore and practice basic conflict resolution skills that provide a foundation for living nonviolently. Four major themes run throughout the workshops:
The acknowledgement of self-worth and the valuing of others provide the motivation for any nonviolent solution to be successfully implemented.
The skills of working with others to achieve a win/win solution provide a positive alternative to the win/lose attitude.
The use of good listening skills and assertive communication is essential to a nonviolent conflict resolution
True concern for self and others leads to creative problem solving and moves us away from violence and toward peace.
Registration deadline: Dec. 1, 2014
The AVP Mission
The Alternatives to Violence Project is a multi-cultural organization of volunteers offering experiential workshops that empower people to lead nonviolent lives through self affirmation, respect for others, community building, cooperation and trust. AVP builds upon a spiritual base of respect and caring for self and others, with groups in communities and sometimes prisons.
Each workshop is limited to 20 participants.
In order to satisfactorily complete a workshop and receive a certificate, participants should plan to attend the entire length of all sessions and complete all work assignments
Who Should Attend?
- Social Workers
- Law Enforcement workers
- Community Volunteers
- Anyone interested in solving problems peacefully
December 12-14, 2014
The Columbia Meeting of the Society of Friends
120 Pisgah Church Road
Columbia, SC 29203
Palmetto Friends Gathering is a fellowship of Quaker meetings in South Carolina that follows the unprogrammed manner of worship. The meetings include Aiken Worship Group, Charleston Monthly Meeting, Columbia Monthly Meeting, Five Rivers Monthly Meeting, and Greenville Monthly Meeting. Unprogrammed meetings traditionally meet in silence until someone in the group rises to speak, usually for a short message. After a period of about an hour, the clerk of the meeting closes the silent worship by welcoming everyone. People then greet each other, announcements are made, and people visit, return home, or continue with subsequent planned activities.
The Gathering meets annually each Spring for a weekend of worship, programs, and fellowship. The location of the gathering moves around the state from year to year.