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CTF hosts 3‑day Alternatives to Violence event

CTF alternative to violence participants sit in a circle.
The Alternatives to Violence Project at CTF held a three-day workshop.

In mid-May, Facility C at Correctional Training Facility (CTF) hosted a three-day Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) event for the incarcerated population.

The project is an experiential multicultural volunteer program dedicated to reducing interpersonal violence in society. This non-profit educational corporation is funded entirely by private sources.

Although the original mission was prison programs, such as at CTF, the Alternatives to Violence Project has extended outreach to:

  • homeless shelters
  • foster care agencies
  • Correctional Officers
  • developmentally disabled adults
  • and gang-prevention programs.

The workshops empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, community building, cooperation and trust.

Throughout the three-day workshop, participants were taught the three levels of training.

Basic Workshop:

  • Establishing a base of self-esteem, affirmation, trust and cooperation.
  • Exploring methods of communication.
  • Learning about creative ways of resolving conflicts.

Advanced Workshop:

  • The underlying causes of conflict such as fear, anger, stereotyping, power and powerlessness, and “old history” and behavior.
  • Taking a deeper look at ways of resolving conflicts, including communication and forgiveness.
  • Experiencing consensus as a decision making process.

How to become a facilitator to run the workshops:

  • Group process skills
  • Working as a cooperative team
  • Hands-on Experience
  • Specific AVP Methods such as Agenda Building, Exercises, Transforming Power, Light and Livelies, Role Plays.

By Lt. Wil Landrum, AA/PIO
Correctional Training Facility

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