Violence De-Escalation Skills Training
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 (and its adaptations)
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.
Bystander Interventions Skills Training
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.
International Teams Training
These are extensive trainings, specific to the locale where we will be placing an international team. Team members will train together both virtually and in an intensive retreat-like setting, where they will review and practice skills specific to Third Party Nonviolent Intervention (TPNI), including peaceful presence, human rights monitoring, protective accompaniment, and physical interpositioning. They will also receive cultural awareness instruction specific to where their team is to be deployed. Team members must be present for ALL components of this extensive training in order to participate on an International Team.