All AVP members, both in prison and in the possibly, upon release, community workshops.
AVP is present and growing at community, are strictly volunteers. AVP operates The T-4-T workshop teaches:
and survives solely on contributions. AVP
CMC! Skills needed to serve on a workshop
volunteers are not paid.
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) facilitation team
presents conflict management skills that can Group process skills
enable individuals to build successful AVP Workshops
interpersonal interactions, gain insight into Working as a cooperative team member
themselves, and find new and positive Workshops are offered only to those who volunteer Hands-On experience
to take them. Each workshop lasts three 8-hour
approaches to their lives. AVP is a new way of Specific AVP methods: agenda building,
looking at things, at relationships, and at life. days and is recognized with a priority ducat. There
exercises, Transforming Power, light &
are three AVP workshop levels:
lively exercises, role-plays, etc.
AVP is a multicultural organization of Basic
volunteers offering experiential workshops that After completing T-4-F, the apprentice
empower individuals to lead non-violent lives Every Basic Workshop includes:
facilitator will work with a series of facilitation
through affirmation, respect for all, community establishing a sense of self esteem, affirmation, teams in workshops to develop the skills and
building and trust. AVP builds on a spiritual trust and cooperation confidence necessary to become a full-fledged
base of respect and caring for self and others,
exploring methods of communication facilitator.
working both in prisons and with groups in the
community. learning about creative ways of resolving
conflicts Frequently Asked Questions
The AVP Purpose Advanced
Does the court, CDCR and BPH
Those who complete the Basic Workshop, or have recognize AVP as anger management
The purpose of AVP is to introduce concepts completed CCR (Creative Conflict Resolution)
and alternatives to violence training?
of conflict resolution and actual alternatives to through Friends Outside, are eligible to take the
violence skills, and to provide an ongoing Advanced Workshop. This workshop focuses on: Yes, on all counts.
understanding of these concepts to the broadest
the underlying causes of conflict; such as fear,
number of prison inmates and community Can somebody make you attend AVP?
citizens through peer and training involvement. anger, stereotyping, power & powerlessness,
and behavior No. The primary tenet of AVP is
AVP workshops seek to assist individuals in
taking a deeper look at ways of resolving that all participants must be
personal growth and change.
conflicts, including communication and volunteers.
The AVP Belief forgiveness
Is AVP a religious or chapel thing?
experiencing consensus as a decision making
The fundamental belief of AVP is that there is process No. AVP builds on the positive
a power for peace and good in everyone, and human aspects within all of us.
that this power has the ability to transform Training-for-Facilitators (T-4-F)
violence. AVP is not psychotherapy. Trained Do I have to take all three workshop
Only those who have completed the Basic and
community volunteers and inmate facilitators
Advanced Workshops are eligible for the T-4-T
lead the workshops.
Workshop. This course trains volunteer facilitators No. You may take one, two, three
AVP Members for the AVP process and is designed for those who or none of them.
expect to be active in prison workshops and
What do I get for taking AVP? How do I sign up for AVP?
After fully completing a workshop,
the participant will receive a
You must submit a CDC-153
REQUEST FOR INTERVIEW and ask
completion certificate and CDC-
128B chrono for each individual
to be placed on the AVP waiting list.
There is no sign-up sheet. Violence
Are inmate facilitators paid?
No. All facilitators, in prison and
Will I be in the very next workshop?
List placement is based on the „first-
come first-served‟ principle. You will
from the community, are unpaid
be ducated for an AVP workshop as
your name works up the waiting list. California
How long has AVP been around?
AVP began in 1975 within the To Sign Up For AVP At California Men’s Colony
New York State Prison system. It
was introduced to California in Submit your completed CDC-153 REQUEST FOR
1990; originally at Richard J. INTERVIEW form requesting to be placed on the
Donovan Correctional Facility in AVP waiting list to:
San Diego. Rabbi Moskowitz
Is AVP a bunch of lectures and
No. AVP is an “experiential
workshop” where everyone
participates in hands-on exercises
Alternatives to Violence Project / California is
How big are the AVP classes?
registered as a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational
Each AVP workshop allows a organization. All contributions are tax
maximum of 20 participants (not deductible
For community information call 1-800-905-6765,
If I took AVP at another prison, do I or visit the web site at www.AVPCalifornia.org.
have to retake everything here?
No, your previous training is
recognized. When you sign up for AVP/California
AVP be sure to include copies of P.O. Box 3294
the certificates and/or chronos you Santa Barbara, CA 93130
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation