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Guide to Transforming Power

  • Seek to resolve conflicts by reaching common ground.
  • Reach for that something good in others.
  • Listen before making judgments.
  • Base your position on truth.
  • Be ready to revise your position, if it is wrong.
  • Expect to experience great inward power to act.
  • Risk being creative rather than violent.
  • Use surprise and humor.
  • Learn to trust your inner sense of when to act. 
  • Be willing to suffer for what is important.
  • Be patient and persistent.
  • Build community based on honesty, respect and caring.
 View a ten minute video intro to an AVP workshop:

A Step Toward Peace

 The AVP Basic Workshop
The Basic AVP Workshop is an intensive, three-day learning experience which teaches interpersonal conflict resolution skills through a series of step-by-step processes. These experiences in small groups and one-to-one interactions build a sense of community and trust through exercises focusing on:

  • Affirmation -- Building self esteem and trust.
  • Communication -- Improving both listening skills and assertive methods of expression.
  • Cooperation -- Developing cooperative attitudes that avoid competitive conflicts.
  • Creative Conflict Resolution -- Getting in touch with the inner Transforming Power to resolve violence. Role plays provide an opportunity to explore this power and learn new and creative ways to respond to real life conflicts in our lives.

AVP workshops seek to assist individuals in personal growth and change. AVP is not psychotherapy. Each workshop is limited to 20 participants.

The AVP Advanced Workshop
The Advanced AVP workshop focuses on the underlying causes of violence, both in ourselves and in the world we live in. It is designed to give participants opportunities to rebuild community, review in depth the concept of Transforming Power and proceed to set individual and group goals for the focus of the remainder of the workshop.
Such a focus topic might be:

  • Fear -- Reveals the hidden fears that usually underlie anger, jealousy and prejudice.
  • Anger -- Results in a deeper understanding of the personal situations that trigger anger.
  • Power -- (And powerlessness) Helps individuals understand power structures and get in touch with their inner power.
  • Communication -- Develops the skills and the ability to communicate in tense and stressful situations.
  • Forgiveness -- Builds the groundwork for true reconciliation and freedom from guilt.
  • Stereotyping -- Builds awareness of stereotyping, bias and prejudice in personal relations.
  • Man-woman relationships -- Explores issues of fear, anger, power and powerlessness.
  • And others -- Whatever the group finds most compelling.

(Prerequisite: Completion of Basic Workshop)

Becoming a Facilitator 

Some AVP groups also offer Training for Facilitator workshops. As we don't have this in Mid Missouri, a volunteer interested in becoming a facilitator will accept mentoring from experienced facilitators by participating in three or more workshops until they are ready to facilitate without mentoring.Go to the Local Information page to learn how to become a facilitator