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HISTORY OF AVP:
AVP began in 1975 when inmates in a New York prison asked a local Quaker group for training in non-violence. The program was further developed to include an advanced or second level workshop as well as a third or facilitator level workshop. Training is offered in both prison and community settings. AVP first came to Canada in 1989. Today it is found in many countries around the world.
A workshop take place over 2-3 days under the guidance of a team of 3 or 4 trained facilitators. The facilitators are responsible for planning and delivering the workshop sessions. Facilitators are volunteers and do not receive compensation for their time and efforts. Workshop participants take part of their own volition; the nature of the program precludes the mandating of participants.
A key principle of AVP is that each and every person is of great value and deserving of understanding and respect. Workshops include hands on activities and exercises that parallel real life situations where aggressive behaviour might be a response. The exercises help build a sense of community and trust.
AVP encompasses the belief that every person has an innate power for peace within them. This Transforming Power can transform violent situations into peaceful ones. Click levels tab at the top for more on the three levels of AVP.