Trainings

*See the homepage for upcoming training or practice sessions!

In-Person or ONLINE for all topics: We have given in-person trainings in DC, Virginia, Maryland, New York City, San Antonio, San Diego, Mexico, and even China, as well as reaching people in Brazil, Nigeria, Belgium, Palestine, and the UK through our online training. We have trained staff at the U.S. Institute of Peace, teachers, social workers, retail store staff, high school and college students, young adults in juvenile detention, etc. We would love to set up trainings with your group or organization!

Core Training Topics: We offer basic level, advanced level, and training for trainers.

A. Nonviolent Communication
NVC is a form of compassionate communication that helps de-escalate and transform interpersonal, inter-group, workplace, and organizational conflicts. NVC helps us understand ourselves- feelings, needs- more fully and open our hearts to connect and collaborate better with others. It arises from a conflict transformation approach, which views conflict as an opportunity for growth in all parties.

Intro. Training Objectives:
1) Practice Self-Empathy and Other-Empathy
2) Learn the five key movements of NVC
3) Practice and acquire the skills of NVC for interpersonal conflicts

Practice Sessions: (sample)
1. NVC, Power and Racism
2. NVC and Requests
3. NVC and Supporting Loved Ones
4. NVC and Social Change

B. Active Bystander Intervention and De-Escalation
This training teaches effective skills for assessing, de-escalating, and diffusing a problematic situation, such as intimidation, harassment, abuse, physical violence, etc. It focuses on a bystander observing a problematic situation and determining if and how to intervene. This is distinct from a training that teaches how to de-escalate and diffuse unwanted attention when you are being attacked. An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses a situation, but takes steps to speak up or step in to keep a situation from escalating or to disrupt a problematic situation.

Intro. Training Objectives:
1) Understand “bearing witness” and learning from experiences of bystander situations
2) Discover a variety of tactics to overcome the bystander effect
3) Acquire skills by role-playing how to engage a targeted person and an aggressor

Practice Sessions:
1. ABI with Armed Aggressors
2. ABI and Mental Health Situations

C. Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment
UCP is a methodology for the direct protection of civilians and others, re-humanization of parties, and in some cases cultivates empathy between conflict parties while increasing local peace infrastructures. This workshop is largely experiential and learning-by-doing. The skills learned can be modified and applied in many facets of life, including political demonstrations, local events, accompaniment of those in danger, neighborhood conflicts, and international conflicts.

Intro. Training Objectives:
1) Share experiences of unarmed protection and accompaniment
2) Become aware of the orientation, strategies, and impact of unarmed civilian protection
3) Acquire skills by role-playing how peace teams use these strategies and tactics in local community conflicts

Practice Sessions: (sample)
1. UCP and Event Strategy
2. UCP and Early Warning Early Response

D. Restorative Justice and Circles
We offer basic restorative justice training and advanced training in specific skills such as circle processes. Restorative Justice focuses on the harm done to relationships and how to heal that harm. 

E. Nonviolence and Meditation
We offer training on the integral relationship of nonviolence to the practice of meditation.

TRAINING FOR TRAINERS: *Depending on your needs, we can help build your local leaders and capacity by providing training for trainers for all the above trainings as well as other training modules that could include but are not exhausted by the following themes: An Exploration in the Philosophy and Practice of Nonviolence; Personality Styles and Communication; Cultural Diversity and Issues of Power and Privilege; Self-Care for Peace Teams, Spirituality and Nonviolence, etc.

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UCP Intro. Training Jan. 2018