AVP IN NEW SOUTH WALES
There are four levels of AVP workshops. In the Basic workshop, the group progressively explores the AVP "building blocks" of conflict transformation, and applies them to realistic scenarios, usually using a role play. The Advanced workshop explores a consensus process and then explores the selected topic to greater depth. The Facilitator Training workshop is for persons that have completed their basic and advanced and are interested in becoming a facilitator of AVP groups. We also occasionally hold Special Topic workshops, such as our two-day Trauma Awareness workshop.
Each 18 to 20 hour workshop consists of between four to nine sessions over two to three days. Each session consists of a variety of activities that help to build self-esteem, a sense of community and trust. The group first practices basic skills and appropriate strategies before getting into conflict resolution and role plays. Quick activities are included to lighten the mood and energise the group. AVP facilitation uses an experiential process of learning. Each activity includes time for participants to reflect on and share the learnings that took place for them.
The Basic AVP workshop focuses on self-awareness, attitudes and skills which help resolve conflicts.
Step-by-step experiences and exercises explore:
• Affirmation – building self-esteem and trust
• Community Building – establishing and nurturing connections with others in a group
• Communication – improving both listening skills and assertive methods of expression
• Co-operation – developing co-operative attitudes that avoid competitive conflicts
• Trust – developing confidence to share and to change
• Creative Conflict Transformation – getting in touch with our inner power to transform situations and ourselves
AVP workshops seek to assist individuals in personal growth and change. AVP is not therapy or counselling. Each workshop is limited to between 10 and 15 participants.
The Advanced AVP workshop focuses on situations and factors that contribute to conflict.
Some of the common themes explored are:
Fear – reveals the hidden fears that underline anger, jealousy and prejudice
Anger – results in a deeper understanding of the personal situations that trigger anger
Communication – develops communication skills and the ability to communicate in tense and stressful situations
Stereotyping – builds awareness of stereotyping, bias and prejudice in personal relations
Power and Powerlessness – helps individuals understand power structures and get in touch with their inner power
Forgiveness – builds the groundwork for true reconciliation and freedom from guilt.
Participants must have completed a Basic Workshop.
FACILITATOR TRAINING WORKSHOP
People who have completed both a Basic Workshop and an Advanced Workshop can apply to do a Facilitator Training Workshop.
AVP provides facilitators training. This begins with the Training for Facilitators workshop focused on developing team leadership methods and group process skills. This continues with experience as an apprentice facilitator on a facilitation team for several workshops.
SPECIAL TOPIC WORKSHOPS
AVP NSW sometimes runs special topic workshops, such as a 2 day Trauma Awareness Workshop.
These will be advertised on the AVP NSW website, the AVP group calendars, on the AVP NSW facebook sites, and the AVP NSW Newsletter.