Currently Scheduled Skills Trainings:
Please check back often as more are added
Bystander Intervention Skills 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.
The Pax Christi USA Training will cover everything that the "general" Bystander Intervention Skills Training covers, but is unique in that participants will also discover how Jesus taught people to be creatively nonviolent (never a doormat). They will learn and gain practice in specific skills, techniques, and tools that are useful both in conflict intervention situations and in daily life. And they will leave knowing that this is not only an aspiration: It’s a tool that works to create the Beloved Community!
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 & tools that are useful both in conflict intervention situations and in daily life, including:
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.
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.