Shanti Sena Workshops
Nonviolent Conflict Intervention Skills
Nonviolent Conflict Intervention Skills is a two-day training offered by Emergency Peace Teams. The training is formed around one simple premise: conflict is inevitable, violence is not.
Nonviolent Conflict Intervention Skills teaches participants how to reclaim their personal power by seeking a third path between passivity and violence: active nonviolence. The nonviolent conflict intervention and de-escalation skills taught in this training give participants the necessary tools to confidently and creatively engage in conflict.
We challenge workshop participants to view and engage conflict for what it is, an opportunity for change. Conflict is necessary for any change to occur, and that includes all positive changes as well! We believe that conflict itself is neutral—it is how we respond to it that determines a positive or negative outcome. So instead of avoiding conflict, we find ways to be comfortable in the midst of it and open yourself to the abundance of learning and growth doing so allows.
Workshop topics include:
- Nonviolence theory
- Structural/systemic roots of violence
- Power dynamics in conflict
- CLARA method of de-escalation
- Choosing the right interventions for each level of conflict
- Ways to handle fear
- 7 steps of mediation
- Emotional intelligence
- Peace team roles
- Roadmap: a long-term strategy for building a nonviolent future
Meet the Instructors: Mica Stumpf & Peijman Kouretchian
Mica Stumpf received her BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley and has been actively involved with the Metta Center for Nonviolence for the past four years. In the fall of 2013, she spent six weeks working with an international peace team in Jeju Island, South Korea.
Both Peijman Kouretchian and Mica have trained in restorative justice and mediation. Since January of 2013, they have been working as Kingian Nonviolence trainers with East Point Peace Academy. This has opened the opportunity to teach nonviolence in local jails, tapping their passion to serve communities most affected by violence. Peijman also works with individual clients in his empowerment coaching practice.