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Alternatives to Violence Program
- Program Description
The Alternatives to Violence Program originated and still operates as a volunteer coordinated program within many federal institutions. It was originally developed in response to inmates’ desires for a program that inspired positive behavioural choices.
AVP can help individuals gain greater personal awareness and develop skills in the areas of affirmation, self-esteem, communication, cooperation, community building, decision making, team work, problem solving, and conflict management. This no-cost program helps create and maintain positive relationships in a safe and supportive group setting. AVP is an experiential program which involves interaction among all participants and the facilitating team. It is designed to allow for the sharing of perspectives and ideas and an opportunity to dismantle emotional barriers within a safe and supportive environment and can serve to increase one’s ability to live a non-violent lifestyle.
The facilitators for the program have taken training and are qualified facilitators within the AVP community. Workshops are four (4) days in length and run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The workshops are held at John Howard Society located at 917 – 9th Avenue SE. Lunches are provided and help with transportation can be arranged.
If you would like more information on this program or know someone who could benefit from participating, please contact the Calgary John Howard Society at 266-4566.