A workshop to be held May 21-22 at Firetree Place in Williamsport offers the basic level experience from the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), an international volunteer nonprofit offering nonviolent conflict resolution practices.

 Alternatives to Violence Project

Alternatives to Violence Project

According to its organizer, Tony White, this two-day experiential workshop is based on principles of affirmation, community building, communication, conflict resolution, and the power within each person to transform oneself and one’s community. In an environment of respect and trust, through a series of fun and empowering exercises, participants build self-esteem, connect deeply with others, develop communication skills, and practice creative nonviolent conflict resolution.

Tony White has completed the AVP basic, advanced, and training for facilitators workshops. He is co-facilitating the May workshop, hoping to follow up with more workshops in the area to establish a local AVP chapter. Others who complete all three levels can likewise become facilitators to further spread the techniques learned. This may be of special interest to those who work in social, correctional, or educational organizations or wish to reach out to marginalized persons. The skills are also helpful for personal development and everyday family, work, and social interactions, so the workshop is open to the general public.

Space is limited. To learn more or register, contact Tony White at tonywhite12@comcast.net or 570-971-9509. Total cost for the two day workshop, which includes two lunches and break snacks, is $25. Scholarships are available and no one will be turned away for lack of the fee.

AVP, founded in 1975, is active in communities, schools, and prisons in 45 countries and has been shown to reduce anger levels and prison recidivism (visit www.avpusa.org). It is a nonsectarian nonpolitical organization. Tony White, a Williamsport native, teaches Philosophy at Pennsylvania College of Technology and Misericordia University.