For Further Learning: Recommended Nonviolence Certification Programs

The Center for Nonviolent Communication NVC Certification

Description: CNVC is committed to the vision of a critical mass of the world’s population using Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to resolve differences peacefully. A strong community of qualified trainers will play an important role in the realization of this goal.

CNVC has two long-term goals for the certification process: 1) Create a community of trainers who want to work with CNVC to fulfill our vision. 2) Ensure that the next generation and succeeding generations are taught NVC in a way that preserves and protects the integrity of the NVC process.

The certification process can support trainer candidates to reach the following goals: connection to CNVC, contribution to our vision, credibility, mutual support, and personal growth.

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Meta Peace Team Nonviolence Skills Training

Basic Skills of Nonviolence Workshop: Participants will explore nonviolence in the “big picture”; what it means, how it is used, and how good-hearted, well-intentioned individuals 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 (such as Active Listening, I-messages, and 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. And finally, participants will learn about the work of MPT and how they can get involved if they want to. A continental breakfast and vegetarian lunch will be provided. Participants in the nonviolence training must register in advance and commit to staying throughout the training. You MUST complete Step One training to be a member of our Domestic Peace Teams (Teams within the U.S. borders; usually short-term teams.

Advanced Skills of Nonviolence Weekend Retreat: Would you like to join us for a weekend of building community and nonviolence skills, communication practice, time for personal reflection, learning about what Domestic and International Peace Teams DO, and more? The Step Two Nonviolence Skills Retreat is the follow-up to our one-day Step One Training! Vegetarian-friendly meals and lodging (mats and sleeping bags!) are included. You MUST complete Step Two training if you are going to apply for an International Peace Team.

International Teams Training: These are extensive trainings, specific to the locale where we will be placing an international team. Team members will train together 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.

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Metta Center Certificate in Nonviolence Studies

Description: The Metta Center Certificate Program is a 6-month course designed to guide practitioners through the history, theory, practice and application of nonviolence in their lives and work.

This program is open to anyone who wishes to develop their knowledge and understanding of the science and theory of nonviolence and learn how to practically apply nonviolence to contribute to the greater movement for a global nonviolent culture. If you have been looking for a way to deepen your understanding of nonviolence and study it in a more systematic way, this course is ideal for you.

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The Nonviolence Training Hub

A partnership of nonviolence training organizations and individuals offering educational programming for nonviolent transformation in our lives and our world.

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Pace e Bene Nonviolence Workshops

Campaign Nonviolence Training: This two-day program is designed to spread and strengthen Campaign Nonviolence organizing by providing Campaign Nonviolence Promoters and others an opportunity to: learn about CNV’s vision and strategy; explore how nonviolent social change works – and that it is possible; deepen skills for building CNV locally, including organizing nonviolent action; and network and collaborate with others.

Nonviolent Action Training: In this workshop participants learn practical tools for taking public nonviolent action for peace and justice. The workshop includes: presentation and application of the dynamics of nonviolent action; process for clarifying action workshops and strategies; exploration of hopes and fears; and planning and role-playing nonviolent action using Pace e Bene’s nonviolent action checklist.

Active Nonviolence Introductory Workshop: This workshop introduces participants to the vision and tools of nonviolent change by exploring the dynamics of violence and nonviolence; practices for nonviolent living; tools for communicating more nonviolently; and actively creating social change.

Blessed Are the Peacemakers/Gospel Nonviolence Workshop: This workshop explores: Jesus’ powerful message of Gospel nonviolence; tools for putting Gospel nonviolence into practice for a more just and peaceful world; and activating Gospel nonviolence more effectively in our lives, churches and society.

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United States Institute of Peace Online Courses

Civil Resistance and the Dynamics of Nonviolent Movements: This course provides a multidisciplinary perspective on nonviolent, civilian-based movements and campaigns that defend and obtain basic rights and justice around the world, and in so doing transform the global security environment.

Conflict Analysis: Insightful analysis is essential to any conflict management process, from prevention to mediation to reconciliation. This course will help you understand the potential trajectories of a conflict situation so you can develop effective peacebuilding strategies.

Good Governance After Conflict: Building Institutions for Reform: This course provides an overview of key considerations with regard to specific sectors and institutions when working in transition environments, and help practitioners and policymakers determine effective strategies for achieving good governance after conflict.

Good Governance After Conflict: Guiding Principles: The aim of this course is for participants to understand the challenges and opportunities in achieving good governance within the complex context of a transition environment. Ultimately, this course will help enable participants to develop and implement effective strategies for building good governance in conflict-to-peace transitions.

Introduction to Peacebuilding: This course provides an overview of the peacebuilding field and introduces the skills needed to succeed in it. Guided through an exploration of USIP’s 30+ year experience engaging with local partners in conflict zones around the world, learners are exposed to a set of key theories, skills and approaches to building peace and to real-world examples that exemplify the complex challenges of peacebuilding.

Mediating Violent Conflict: Designed for practitioners working in or on conflict zones, this course will improve participants’ ability to understand the motivations and objectives of the various parties, promote ripeness, develop effective relationships, increase leverage and strengthen mediation capacity.

Negotiation: Shaping the Conflict Landscape: What are the keys to obtaining successful outcomes in negotiations? Participants will learn how to plan and prepare for a negotiation as well as useful tactics they can employ now. This course is designed to be of value for professionals in situations ranging from policy coordination to crisis negotiations to high-level diplomatic encounters.

Strategic Peacebuilding: Building a viable and just peace, as well as creating and operating programs that sustain it, is a complex process that requires significant expertise. This course will equip learners with the ability to build and utilize a more comprehensive and strategic approach to constructing a just peace.

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