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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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Facilitating workshops – creating a container

In facilitating interactive workshops, I find it helpful to think in terms of creating a container where things can happen. We want to create a safe, engaging atmosphere where participants are encouraged to experiment with new behaviours, consider new possibilities … Continue reading

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Facilitating workshops – team building

Between 1994 and 2002 I helped facilitate around 80 workshops with the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). The workshops were interactive workshops exploring nonviolent conflict resolution, most of which were over a weekend (Friday evening, and all day Saturday and … Continue reading

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My background in peace and environment groups

At a recent Transition Newcastle planning weekend, we shared some of how we came to be at the weekend. As I celebrated my 50th birthday last week, I think I am justified in reflecting on how my journey so far … Continue reading

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