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New and creative ways of responding to conflict situations

The Alternatives to Violence Project QLD (Inc) is a non-religious, not for profit organisation which has run vital workshops in Queensland since 1991.

AVP began in 1975 in the USA as a response to concerns of the level of violence in our society. It is an international programme based on over 40 years of experience.

Violence can occur in many forms; from the "high level" violence which generates wide-spread fear and apprehension to the "low level" bullying, discrimination, and disrespect which can harm in more subtle and hidden ways.

AVP conduct workshops for all members of the general community and offer new and creative ways of responding to conflict situations and to build community.

Participants find strengths and skills within themselves that will enable them to deal with future conflict or potentially violent situations in a more positive manner. Teachers, counsellors and others love this training, which is experiential-using our own stories.

The upcoming Basic Workshop on 9 and 16 February covers themes such as Affirmation, Communication, Co-operation, Community Building, Trust and Conflict Resolution.

After completing the Basic Workshop, participants are invited to attend an Advanced Level Workshop on 16 and 23 March, which further explores topics such as Fear, Anger, Self Esteem, Stereotyping, Empathy, Power and Powerlessness and Forgiveness, Communication and Relationships. At this workshop, the participants choose, by consensus, the topic which they want the second day of the program to develop.

There is also a Training for Facilitators or T4F on 11 and 18 May, to help promote this valuable work in schools, prisons the community and overseas. This will take place when demand has been established.


The Basic Workshop will be held on Saturday 9 and Saturday 16 February from 8.45am to 5.00pm at Bris West Centre, 132 Latrobe Terrace Paddington.

Create peaceful pathways in your life and in those around you. Take part in activities around affirmation, communication, cooperation, community building, trust and transforming power. Enjoy the fun and meet new people on the same path.

Morning & afternoon teas are provided but bring something to share for lunch each day.

Cost: $125 waged, $40 unwaged or by negotiation. Deposit for all courses is $40.

You can register by emailing or by calling 0422 434 336.

Parking may be difficult, so consider using public Transport - 385 bus from Roma St. Please come about 15 minutes early, so we can start on time.

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

For more information on the workshop series, please visit

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Phone: 0422 434 336
Where: 132 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
Cost: $125 waged; $40 Unwaged
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