Alternatives to Violence Project workshops are more experiential than theoretical. Together we explore a culture of trust through the principles of respect and caring for self and others. In non-intrusive ways, AVP workshops encourage confidence and practical strategies for dealing with conflict in our homes, workplaces or communities, so that we can get on better with others. AVP workshops are an opportunity to experiment with ways of transforming conflict creatively. We offer a practical approach for community groups, social service agencies, youth organisations and individuals who would like to participate and we hope some who attend this workshop will want to go on and become facilitators of other people’s learning. Participants who complete AVP workshops receive a certificate and the knowledge that they are on the path of nonviolence. AVPQ will be delivering a Community Basic level workshop so you can come and be a part of what AVP is doing to make a change … a change in the way we respond to violence and in the way we deal with difficult situations.
The Alternatives to Violence Project offer three levels of training
- Basic Workshop, an introduction to the principles of Alternatives to Violence.
- Advanced Workshop which explores Alternatives to Violence further.
- Training for Facilitators workshop for those who think they may wish to develop facilitation skills, and who may wish to be interviewed to become a volunteer facilitator.
These three levels of training are generally offered each month in sequence, beginning in March.
- Basic Level Workshop — This is the introductory workshop.Working in small groups and one-to-one interactions, this workshop builds a sense of community and trust through exercises focusing on:
- Affirmation — Building self esteem and trust.
- Communication — Improving both listening skills and assertive methods of expression.
- Cooperation — Developing cooperative attitudes that avoid competitive conflicts.
- Creative Conflict Resolution — Getting in touch with the inner Transforming Power to resolve violence. Role plays provide an opportunity to explore this power and learn new and creative ways to respond to real life conflicts in our lives.
AVP workshops seek to assist individuals in personal growth and change. AVP is not psychotherapy. Each workshop is limited to 20 participants.
Cost: $125.00 waged $40.00 unwaged, concession (holding deposit $10) We can negotiate cost if money is a barrier.
Food: We normally have shared lunches on Saturday and Sunday, so you will need to bring your contribution. Morning and afternoon teas, coffee, juice and nibbles will be provided.What do I need? Casual, comfortable clothes, lunch and a willingness to participate.
For further information or to make a booking, please contact Valerie Joy via our contact form.