Taking a workshop is the first step toward being involved in, and understanding the work of AVP/California.
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**San Joaquin Valley
San Luis Obispo County
Contact-Stephen or call 800/905-6765, #2
** T4F: January 11 and 18
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY/CENTRAL SIERRAS
Contact-Email for information
Bay Bridge Council: Berkeley-Oakland/San Francisco
Contact- Amy or 510/394-2622
Santa Cruz/Salinas Valley Council
Contact-Linda or call 831/566-0260
North Bay-Santa Rosa
Contact-John or call 707/220-8269, Ext. 0
See also Local Groups and Supporting AVP
ABOUT AVP WORKSHOPS
Workshops are open to anyone who wishes to attend. The only requirement is that the participant attends voluntarily. Fees are reasonable, with a sliding scale ranging from $25 to $125; your choice. Scholarships are available. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
Each of the three levels of AVP workshops runs 18-21 hours and is facilitated by a team of volunteers. Common workshop configurations are a three-day block or a series of two-day "chunks." Mini-workshops to your group, for demonstration purposes, ared also available.
Level One: Basic Workshop
Every Basic Workshop involves:
*Establishing a base of self-esteem, affirmation, trust and cooperation
*Exploring methods of communication
*Learning about creative ways of resolving conflict
Each workshop is unique. The individuals who attend have different personalities and experience.
AVP workshops seek to assist individuals in personal growth and change. AVP is not psychotherapy.
Click here to read what participants have said about Basic Workshops.
Level Two: Advanced Workshop
After completion of a Level One workshop, you might be interested in attending this more advanced level. Advanced workshops focus on:
*The underlying causes of conflict such as fear, anger, stereotyping, power and powerlessness, as well as "old history" and behavior.
*Taking a deeper look at ways of resolving conflicts, including communication and forgiveness.
* Experiencing consensus as a decision-making process.
Participants usually choose the focus of the work.
How To Become a Facilitator
*Begin by completion of the Basic and Advanced AVP Workshops
*If you would like to become a volunteer Facilitator of the AVP process, take the Training-for-Facilitators/Trainers (T4F) Workshop. This workshop is designed for those who expect to be active in AVP community and/or prison workshops.
*A T4F teaches the skills needed to help run workshop, such as:
.....Group process skills
.....Working as a cooperative team
.....Specific AVP methods: Agenda Building, Exercises, Transforming Power, Light and Livelies, Role Plays, etc.
*As a last step in the training, you will apprentice with one or more facilitation teams in workshops and work with a local group, to develop your skills and confidence, until you are a full-fledged Facilitator.
What It Is Like To Facilitate An AVP Prison Workshop the First Time
* My Purple Sweater...
* My First Time
To go into a prison, see this Master list of contacts