Alternatives to Violence Project 

Experience the workshop developed by the Greenhaven (NY) prison inmates and Quakers in 1975 for youth coming into conflict with the law. AVP is now offered in schools, prisons, recovery programs, community settings and in over 50 countries around the world. AVP offers powerful, effective ways to deal with conflict, develop healthy relationships and enhance the safety and well-being of all. This is the first part of the AVP Training for Trainers. Participants will:

  • Rediscover the disarming power of respect and affirmation
  • Practice responsible, honest and constructive communication
  • Explore the value of building a nurturing community
  • Delve into the challenges and rewards of cooperation and group decisions
  • Practice quick responses to intra personal conflicts
  • Experience creative problem-solving and conflict transformation
  • Contribute to the group's experience in a safe community created for the risk taking involved in learning, sharing authentically, reflecting and experimenting.

This workshop is ideal for those working in schools, recovery programs, community projects, prisons, and in everyday interpersonal conflicts.

AVP is team taught. The team will include expert facilitators prepared in prisons and recovery programs. The lead facilitators will be: Carolyn Schodt, Ph.D., R.N. and Walter Hjelt Sullivan, a Quaker educator.