Category Archives: Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

Evaluating the impact of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops on social capital

The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) have been supporting Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops in Sydney since 2012, and we are in the process of planning an evaluation of the impact … Continue reading

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Creating a collection of literature on the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

For the last six months or so, I’ve been working (slowly) with a small team (mainly Anne Wallace-DiGarbo, Katherine Smith, Judy Litke and me) to create a collection of research and literature on the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). It … Continue reading

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Conflict resolution and nonviolence workshops with young people

This paper was originally published in 1999, but is still quite relevant. SINCE 1994, the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) and Help Increase the Peace (HIP) have conducted workshops in Newcastle on conflict resolution and nonviolence with adults and young … Continue reading

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Recruitment: an important step in engagement

Without successful recruitment, family and community engagement can flounder. Before programs and other initiatives can successfully engage participants, people need to show up or become engaged in some other way. Although advertising and promotion are not engagement in their own … Continue reading

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Strengths-based measurement

As practitioners and researchers we need to think carefully about the types of measures we use with the people we support. The measures we use can cause pain and distress for participants, undermine trust and engagement, and produce unreliable data. … Continue reading

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An Alternatives to Violence Project workshop for parents

I am currently helping to plan and facilitate an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop for parents through Family Support Newcastle. We have a good team of four facilitators with a variety of experience and backgrounds. While this workshop will … Continue reading

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Team building before facilitating

This weekend I’m facilitating my 80th Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop (or Help Increase the Peace workshop which is the youth version of AVP), but my first on in over 14 years. One of the things I learnt through … Continue reading

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Questions for an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops are experiential in nature which means that an important part of the process is assisting participants to reflect on their experience. Rather than telling them what their experience means, the aim is to ask … Continue reading

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What are Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops?

The Alternatives Violence Project (AVP) provides experiential workshops, facilitated by volunteers, on nonviolent personal relationships on transforming conflict and nonviolent relationships. As the USA AVP website says, “conflict is part of daily life… but violence doesn’t have to be.” I’m … Continue reading

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Nonviolence as a Framework for Youth Work Practice

A philosophy of nonviolence provides a potential framework for youth workers. I  discuss key principles of nonviolence, presents a model of nonviolent youth work practice and discusses implications for youth workers. The model is intended as a tool for youth … Continue reading

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