AVP Indiana Gathering

Join AVP Indiana for our Annual Gathering this July 14th!

AVP Indiana is hosting out annual gathering where we will continue to build relationships with one another and vision for the future of AVP Indiana and AVP in the Midwest Region. Please join us!

Here are the Logistics Details:

Location: Earlham School of Religion, 609 National Road West, Richmond, IN 47374
Date/Time: Saturday, July 14th 11am-5pm
Food: Lunch will be provided! Feel free to bring a small donation and a side dish (drink, dessert, salad)
Who: Anyone involved in AVP Indiana or the Midwest Region (no need to be a facilitator)
What: Practicing AVP skills, learning about the non-profit and ways to plug in, and brainstorming how to make our community stronger.

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The AVP USA National Conference is Coming Up!

There are only 5 days left to register for the AVP USA Annual National Conference in Richmond, Indiana!

Join us this Memorial Day Weekend, Thursday May 24th through Monday, May 28th, for a celebration of 43 years of AVP in the United States and worldwide. Learn, share ideas, meet new people, and have fun!

Register online at https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventId=2022849 or visit http://avpusaconference.org/ for more information. Follow us on Facebook for updates and reminders!

    

Basic Workshop @ Earlham College

AVP Indiana is excited to be offering its first college based workshop at Earlham College over two consecutive Saturdays!

 

When is it?

The workshop will be held over 2 consecutive Saturdays, March 24th and March 31st, from 9:00am to 8:00pm. Snacks will be provided! We will have breaks for lunch and dinner. To complete the workshop, you MUST attend both sessions!

Where is it located?

Earlham College Multicultural Center. Inside Runyan Center, this workshop is located in the Orchard Room.

What is the cost?

This workshop will be free. Donations of any amount will be accepted to help cover material costs, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Register online! https://avpindiana.org/registration 

Promote the Workshop on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/217079932173129/ 

AVP Basic Workhop

 

 

Want to Do Something About the Violence in our Society?

Do you–want to make a difference in your life?

  •                 want to learn anger management skills?
  •                 want to help others learn to control their aggression?
  •                 want to become a conflict resolution facilitator?

Benefits of our training include learning to,

  •                 Diffuse potential conflicts at home, school, work,
  •                 Solve family issues with “win-win’ options,
  •                 Understand opposing viewpoints,
  •                 Resolve common misunderstandings that lead to violence,
  •                 Become more emphatic and caring

Consider becoming an AVP Facilitator!  It is a life-changing experience and a lot of fun. We at AVP Indiana would love to share this process with everyone, but cannot without more volunteers like you.

Will you join us?  Our next Basic workshop is in Indianapolis on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27 at West Newton Friends Meeting, See flyer for details. Don’t forget to sign up on the registration page!

August 2017 Basic Workshop Flyer

What is Violence?

One of the exercises we do in a Basic AVP workshop is a brainstorm on the topic, “What is Violence?” Participants say whatever word or short phrase comes to mind when they think of violence and it is transcribed onto a sheet of poster paper. It is a word storm of ideas. No one’s idea is censored. When the storm passes and the ideas cease, we look at what we have written, noting the things that surprise us and the things that confuse us. Usually a good discussion follows on violence and how the group has experienced it in their lives.

Sometimes a word like “babies” ends up on the page. When that word was challenged once, I defended it, even though I had not been the one to add it. From personal experience, I came to realize after the birth of my first child, that there is a very fine line between self-control and child abuse. Working full-time in a demanding, stressful job, breast feeding at night, being constantly sleep deprived, I remember the moment I realized I could see that line clearly. The scary part was recognizing how easy it would be and how perfectly capable I was of crossing that line.

Occasionally, a participant is surprised to realize that something besides physical aggression could be considered violence. I have been fortunate never to have personally experienced physical violence. However on numerous occasions over the years, I have been the giver and receiver of verbal violence. Words carelessly or intentionally spoken can do tremendous violence to a person, creating wounds that fester for years, causing harm over and over again whenever they are remembered. I have carried such wounds with me for most of my life. Through AVP, I discovered their origin and was finally able to heal. What is violence in your life?