Clearwater Meeting is hosting a Mini-Alternatives to Violence (AVP) workshop on February 21st, 12 noon to 4 pm, at the Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden Avenue, Dunedin FL 34698. SEYM Friends are welcome to join Clearwater Meeting for Worship at 10 am. Since a light lunch will be served, please RSVP to Eileen Zingaro at 727-530-7415.
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a training program enabling participants to deal with interpersonal conflict and potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. Workshops are led by trained facilitators, and are experiential (not based on lectures).
This workshop draws on the shared experience of participants, using interactive exercises, discussions, games and role-plays to examine the ways we respond to situations where injustice, prejudice, frustration and anger can lead to aggressive behavior and violence.
An AVP workshop can help you to:
- manage strong feelings such as anger and fear
- deal more effectively with risk and threatening situations
- build good relationships with other people
- communicate constructively in difficult situations
- recognize the conflict management skills you already have
- be true to yourself while respecting other people
- understand why conflict happens
- approach conflict in a more creative and less reactive manner
- consider your own relationship to systems of violence
A follow-up in depth advanced weekend workshop is planned for February 26th to 28th in Tampa.
Cece Yocum (Tampa MM), an AVP Facilitator, writes:
“One of our main reasons for having these workshops now is to generate interest in AVP. We have an AVP program starting in Jacksonville and we would also like to have more AVP facilitators for our work at Coleman Correctional institution, which is the biggest federal prison in the country with 8000 men and women.
“AVPtampabay has also reaches out to AVP participants and inside facilitators after they have been released and invites them to AVP activities in the community as participants and facilitators. Many of the men and women who have been “inside facilitators” have a wealth of AVP experience to share with us and often want to help others find ways to follow a nonviolent path.”
AVP was started by Quakers and prison inmates in 1975 to address prison violence, and grew to be an international organization. SEYM Friends have been active with AVP for decades, bringing workshops to prisons and other venues and starting local chapters in their communities. Most recently, Jacksonville Friends have started a local program.
Learn more about AVP at the AVP USA website.