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!
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Annual National Gathering, Memorial Day Wknd: 2018
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Early Bird Registration Ends on March 17th, 2018
Regular Registration Ends on April 15th, 2018
Final Registration is needed by May 8th, 2018
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
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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
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?
As a life-long avoider of conflict and an acknowledged introvert, I find it ironic that I spend so much time facilitating Alternatives to Violence Project workshops. It seems so out of character to willingly go into a minimum or medium security prison and spend essentially 18-20 hours over a weekend, once a month, with a bunch of guys dealing with conflict and talking about feelings. It is difficult for me on so many levels. And yet, I keep going back.
For me, it was the power of the process that kept pulling me back. An AVP workshop is packed with interactive, immersion type experiences. It very successfully builds a sense of community and level of trust I have never experienced anywhere else before. It was the power of this community that drew me. I kept learning things about myself and changing, and even though it was challenging, everyone else was being challenged at some level at the same time. I was not alone.
I used to be afraid of doing anything that put me in a position of making mistakes in front of others. The first community workshop I helped facilitate was a baptism in fire. I made all kinds of mistakes, but the process worked so well that in spite of my mistakes, all of the participants grasped what we hoped they would. As one person said at the end of the workshop, “I realize now that non-violent resolution of conflict is inside everyone of us and what we need to do is reach down inside ourselves and pull it out.” I learned to trust the process, because it works. — Magical Miriam
Basic AVP Workshop – Plainfield Correctional Facility – January, 2017