Between January 2008 and June 2009, several of our Violence Prevention and Conflict resolution workshops were conducted in various locations that include Buffalo, NY; Toronto, Canada; Leiden, Netherlands; and Dominica, West Indies as a pilot test to towards the formulation of a curriculum and training manual to accompany the movie Lessons from Homicides: The Buffalo Story.
The workshops include an introduction to the Lessons from Homicides Project; a showing of the documentary Lessons from Homicides: The Buffalo Story; an open discussion about the movie; special instruction and discussion about the logic of senseless violence; the explanation of the Quality of Life Approach to Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution; the taking of a non-violence pledge; and the presentation of certificates of completion.
Since July 2009, the workshops have developed to become Peace Development Workshops as they have been revised based on findings from the pilot Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution Workshops.
The workshops are also being conducted in following levels:
(Introduction). Trainees view the documentary Lessons from Homicides: The Buffalo Story, and learn about the Quality of Life Approach to Peace Development.
Trainee centered application where the trainee learns to apply the principles to her or his own life.
Trainee and small group centered, where the trainee learns to apply the principles beyond her or his self and to help others apply the principles to improve their own peace development capacities.
Training for trainers, where the trainee learns to use the tools of our approach to independently conduct Peace Development Workshops through use of the Quality of Life Peace Development Instructor’s Package.
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