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Our Trainings

Meta Peace Team has been at the forefront of violence de-escalation training since 1993. We currently offer two regularly scheduled programs:


Bystander Intervention Training

Currently Virtual

We’re all aware that both the pandemic and the aftermath of the election has made things very tense, with notable increases in divisiveness and "Us vs. Them" thinking.   As concerned people, we will begin to explore how active, assertive nonviolence can make a difference: What does it mean, how is it used, and how can good-hearted, well-intentioned people disagree yet still be supportive of each other? 

Our emphasis will be on effective communication and compassionate Bystander Intervention:

  • What to do when you’re alone and see someone being harassed.

  • What do you do when the someone being harassed is YOU?

Participants will learn and gain practice in specific skills and tools that are useful both in conflict intervention situations and in daily life.

This 4-hour workshop allows participants to explore what it takes to successfully intervene in situations where they witness someone being harassed or bullied, and to interrupt escalating violence. 


Violence De-Escalation Skills Training

Currently Virtual

In this 8-hour workshop, participants will explore nonviolence in the "big picture"; what it means, how it is used, and how good-hearted, well-intentioned people can disagree yet still work together. They will learn and gain practice in specific skills and tools that are useful both in conflict intervention situations and in daily life, including:

  • Active Listening

  • The Importance of Body Language

  • Personal Power Messages

  • The CLARA technique

They will be introduced to tools for group work (Affinity Teams and consensus decision making) and to the concept of “peace teams” or third-party nonviolent intervention (TPNI) and its scope of possibilities, including Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP). They will learn the finer points of compassionate Bystander Intervention.  And finally, participants will learn about the work of MPT and how they can get involved if they want to.

To maintain safety guidelines during this time of Covid-19, the training is spread out over two 4-hour days to prevent Zoom-fatigue.  Participants in this training must register in advance and commit to both sessions.  You MUST complete this training to be a member of our Domestic Peace Teams (Teams within the U.S. borders; usually short-term teams) and/or International Peace Teams.

Upcoming Events

  • Pax Christi USA/MPT Bystander Intervention Skills Training
    Oct 01, 2022, 11:00 AM EDT – Oct 02, 2022, 3:30 PM EDT
  • Violence De-Escalation Skills Training
    Sep 17, 2022, 1:00 PM EDT – Sep 18, 2022, 5:00 PM EDT
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