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In-Person or ONLINE: We have facilitated in-person trainings in many cities in the U.S and around the world, including Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, New York City, San Antonio, San Diego, Mexico, and China. Participants of past online trainings have included people living in Brazil, Nigeria, Uganda, Belgium, Palestine, Afghanistan, India, and the UK.

Custom Training Sessions for Groups & Organizations: We strive to meet the unique needs of smaller or larger groups and organizations. Our team has extensive experience conceptualizing, designing, and facilitating custom trainings for groups and organizations (sample list) in the U.S and around the world, including but not limited to faith-based organizations, schools and universities, advocacy groups, juvenile detention facilities, retail stores, and other workplaces such as the U.S Institute of Peace. Email Eli McCarthy at if you would like to set up a training for your group or organization.

Core Training Topics: Our core trainings are available in the following formats: Basic training, advanced training, training for trainers, and practice sessions.

A. Nonviolent Communication                                                                               Outreach Flyer
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, our feelings, and our needs more fully and help open our hearts to connect and collaborate better with others. It arises from a conflict transformation approach, which perceives conflict as an opportunity for growth for all parties involved.

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

Advanced Sessions: (sample)
1. NVC: Power and Racism
2. NVC in the Work Environment
3. NVC and Faux Feelings, Needs
4. NVC and Supporting Loved Ones
5. NVC and Social Change

B. Active Bystander Intervention and De-Escalation                                          Outreach Flyer     
This training focuses on effective skills for assessing, de-escalating, and diffusing a harmful or inappropriate behavior (bullying, harassment, physical violence…). It provides participants with the tools they need to quickly recognize when they are bystanders, evaluate the consequences for everyone involved, and take action. We believe that active bystandership does not mean confronting the aggressor with violence. Hence our ABI & De-escalation training sessions promote nonviolent, safe alternative approaches for defusing harmful situations and engaging with the aggressor and those subject to harmful acts. All sessions are interactive and designed to fit the needs of participants.

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 person being harassed and an aggressor

Advanced Sessions:
1. ABI with Armed Aggressors
2. ABI and Mental Health Situations
3. ABI with Consideration of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

C. Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment                                     Outreach Flyer Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) is an effective, nonviolent strategy for protecting civilians directly and reducing violence in conflict situations. The UCP training equips participants with the skills they need to be part of a UCP unit deployed to places of hostility or as a ongoing neighborhood safety team. Participants are trained to use nonviolent and compassionate methods to protect other civilians from violence, deter parties from carrying out threats of violence, and support local efforts to build peace. This training is mostly experiential and meets participants where they are. Skills learned can be used in many situations and settings, including but not limited to political demonstrations, 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 in Armed situations
3. UCP and Early Warning Early Response

D. Restorative Justice and Circles                                                                            Outreach Flyer Restorative Justice, or “RJ,” is a trauma-informed philosophy and set of practices that engage the community in building relationships and repairing harm through inclusive dialogue, deep understanding, and shared power. Our training sessions enable participants to learn more about RJ principles and provide them with the skills they need to facilitate effective RJ dialogues and integrate RJ practices into their daily interactions. We offer circles series and basic/advanced trainings in specific skills such as circle processes. We have facilitated circles on various topics for a variety of groups and organizations.

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

TRAINING FOR TRAINERS: We train local leaders and help build community or organizational capacity to continue the work and sustain and just peace by providing them with a custom training for trainers on the topics listed above and other topics, including but not limited to the following topics: Exploration of the Personality Styles and Communication; Cultural Diversity and Issues of Power and Privilege; Self-Care for Peace Teams, Spirituality and Nonviolence.

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UCP Intro. Training Jan. 2018