Looking Back -- Moving Forward

The 2015 AVP/USA National Gathering

May 22 – 25, 2015

Seattle, Washington

Our annual gathering is the place to deepen your understanding of AVP, become acquanted with new ideas and new people, meet up with old friends, and put some faces to names. You will come away inspired - and just like our AVP workshops, you will have fun accomplishing all of this. 

University of Puget Sound

Celebrate our 40th year of bringing Transforming Power, peace and nonviolence into the lives of people around the world. AVP has been in 135 U.S. prisons and in schools, refugee camps, veterans programs, gang intervention work and conflict zones in over 60 countries. Come celebrate these successes and share in the wisdom gathered through the organization’s 40 years of service and help us prepare to meet the challenges of the future.

Come to the great Northwest! With views of snow-covered, 14,000-foot Mount Rainer, the Olympic Mountains, Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound. If you come early or stay after, you can enjoy several national parks and the metropolitan pleasures of Seattle as well as whale watching, cruising or kayaking on Puget Sound.



(For the 3 Pre-Conference Workshops)

1. Next Steps - Recovery To Practice

This is a prime example of a “Moving Forward” way that AVP can evolve and play a part in collaborative programs. Next Steps is training for mental health and addiction peer support services providers that was developed under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) Recovery to Practice Project through a unique collaboration between Peace Work (AVP facilitators and consultants), the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS), and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).

(Two-day workshop, Thursday and Friday) 
(See more on the Pre-conference Page)

2. Looking Back...Moving Forward

We have grown and spread AVP across the US and around the globe during these first 40 years.  So what is next for AVP?

Join us for the AVP/USA CofC (Leadership) on Friday before the Gathering for an all-day workshop based on our theme for this year:

Looking Back.....Moving Forward
(Shaping AVP's Second Generation)

  • How do we define the "Heart and Soul of AVP"?  
  • How should we work with AVP Spin-offs?
  • How can we support returning citizens as Facilitators?
After 40 years we are losing our founding generation of AVP.  What other guiding, driving questions can help shape AVP’s second generation? 


Anthony Normore, Ph.D

College of Education, California State University Dominguez Hills

Dr. Normore is the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Commission on Credible Leadership Development with the International Academy of Public Safety, and the author of several books on social justice and cross-cultural collaboration, including Moral Compass for Law Enforcement professionals.

3. Prison Program

We will have the opportunity to participate in one of the most requested activities at our Annual Gatherings: a prison program.  This year 25 Gathering attendees will be able to visit Monroe Correctional Complex for a mini AVP workshop.  Facilitators and agenda will come from the MCC inside facilitators, and this year participants will include those who are not yet facilitators.  Our host inside facilitators are developing a new and timely agenda just for this mini.

The Program will be held as a Pre-Conference activity on Friday May 22, so you'll need to arrive Thursday evening for our departure for the prison Friday morning.

The prison requires clearance for all attendees, and time is short  (Deadline April 5).  Sign up for the program here:  Prison Program


Call for Conference Breakouts

Planning is underway for the 2015 AVP-USA Annual National Gathering, and we need YOU to help make it great! Do you have an idea for a session at the National Gathering this year? Have you done something new and exciting? Developed some new exercises? Found away around common problems? Have a topic you want to brainstorm with a group of facilitators?  If you have an idea for a breakout session (1 - 1.5 hrs each) fill out this form.

Don't register late: Regular registration ends April 26.
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