In our daily lives, we face interpersonal conflict and non-physical violence everyday. PCS conducts Conflict Transformation workshops for any group wishing them. Several times a year we hold community workshops open to anyone.
These workshops train people to feel comfortable with conflict and provides them with tools to engage positively to resolve and transform conflicts in ways that preserve relationship and community. Based on the Alternatives to Violence Project (“AVP”) model these workshops have been offered for 40 years in over 60 countries and taken by some 500,000 people.
Where do AVP participants come from?
- Social Workers*
- Boys and Girls Club and similar organizations: their clients often struggle with issues of violence, and organizations always have their own conflicts;
- Homeless: Group connection in AVP workshops works well to counter the isolation and self esteem issues that come with homelessness;
- Ex-gang members: AVP is working with Home Boy Industries in Los Angeles and other gang intervention programs around the U.S. and around the world;
- Retired: AVP groups have bloomed due to their commitment. AVP is a tremendously rewarding way to give back after retirement;
- The Courts: Drug courts, mental health courts, and veterans courts are beginning to integrate AVP into their diversion programs to great success;
- Racial Dialog: AVP provides a powerful format for deep and profound discussion and sharing around issues of race and prejudice;
- Faith Based Organizations: Many faith based organizations find AVP a powerful adjunct and tool for their social justice and ministry work. Many also find it useful in-house to create a positive way to deal with conflict within the organization.
- Interfaith: AVP offers powerful means to dialog around faith similarities and differences. As one powerful example, after 9-11 the Forum on Australian Islamic Relations hosted 23 workshops around the country to create interfaith dialog and defuse post-9/11 intolerance;
* Many professional association will provide Continuing Education Credits for these workshops.
If you want a workshop for your community see our contact page.