Alternatives to Violence Program
The Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) conducted the second Basic Workshop this year, with 18 participants June 09 – 11, 2017 and the second Advanced Workshop this year August 16-18, 2017, with 11 participants, at PIASS Huye, bringing together mixed groups of students, graduates of PIASS and staff from NGOs.
In this Advanced Workshop, participants chose “Strengthening our use of skills in nonviolent communication to deal with conflict and anger”. Exciting exercises were followed by intense sharing of experiences about how transforming power can work through us to find nonviolent ways for conflict resolution. Groups practiced how we can express ourselves honestly, sharing what happened to us without mixing in judgement or blame, what we feel and need and what we would like “the other” to do or say next and how we can understand the feelings and needs behind a ‘violent’ message and give the other person empathy instead of ‘firing back’.
Now, the team is planning to hold a Training of Facilitators mid October, and we hope that, for the new year, we will have teams of motivated and skilled facilitators to help us conduct more AVP workshops at PIASS and start expanding the program to their communities.
Alternatives to Violence Program,(AVP) is a training program enabling participants to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. Its purpose is to help 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” (from website: www.avp.international)