AVP USA has been writing manuals since 1976. These manuals have been used by AVP groups around the world. Their current manuals are called the "reference" manuals. Some AVP groups have modified the USA manuals to suit local customs, cultures and conditions. These are called local manuals.

The AVP International Education Committee collects, writes, and makes available AVP manuals from around the world to support the facilitating of AVP workshops. It also writes and translates AVP training materials and manuals.

AVP USA (reference) Manuals
There are four current AVP USA Manuals:
● Basic Level, 2002
● Second Level or Advanced, 2005
● Facilitators Training Manual, 2013
● Youth Manual, 2000
AVP International Manuals

The first AVP International manual was the Light and Lively Supplement, produced in 2017. It is available for free download to AVP facilitators on the AVP International website (registered users), Section: Resources, Manuals

Official Translations

Manual translations that are the exact “mirror” match of the United States reference manuals are called Companion Manuals. All manual translations produced by AVP International are “Companion Manuals.”

The Translation Oversight team investigates which AVP national groups need manuals translated and which groups can translate manuals. This team sets the quality guidelines for the manual translations, commissions the translations themselves, then arranges for the review and layout of the translated manuals.

Manual translators are paid with money that has been raised by donations to the AVP International Educational Materials Fund. The number of manuals that can be commissioned for translation is limited by the amount of money that is donated to this fund.

The AVP International Education Committee would like to thank everyone who has donated to this fund for their generosity. The AVP groups around the world who use these translated manuals benefit greatly from being able to read the AVP manuals in their own language.

If you require a manual in a language not currently available on the AVP International website, please contact us at or click here

Other AVP Manuals

Local AVP manuals are written and produced by national or local AVP groups worldwide and may or may not be based on the reference manuals written by AVP International or AVP USA.

PDF copies of manuals are available for free download to registered users of the AVP International website.

Print copies of the USA manuals and the Spanish Companion manual translations are available from the USA Distribution Center. Order from the Facilitators Section/Educational Resources/Manuals Section of the AVP USA website


AVP Best Practice Team, Is What You Are Doing An AVP Workshop: the Essence of AVP workshops, online, AVP International Education Committee, 2017.

This is a collection of essential elements of AVP workshops with a review of the element, why AVP uses this element, what activities are involved and what happens if this element is left out of a workshop.

Available: as a free pdf download from the International website - Resources page of the Facilitators Section.


AVP International Organising Guide Team, AVP International Organising Guide, 2017, online.

This comprehensive guidelines on how to start an AVP group, how to start AVP groups in prisons, schools and other settings, how to build and sustain a group with many examples of how AVP groups thrive throughout the world.

Available: free pdf download from AVP International website, Resource Section

Alternatives to Violence Project USA, AVP Organizing Kit: a guide for those initiating or strengthening AVP in communities and prisons, 2010.

This Kit provides guidelines on how to start and maintain AVP groups in prisons and communities.

Available: In print format from the AVP-USA Distribution Center, see and a free pdf download from the AVP-USA website.


AVP International Education Committee Overview and Strategic Plan

VISION: A beloved community of AVP Facilitators dedicated to continuous learning.

MISSION: To sustain the core and guide the future of AVP training. The Education Committee supports facilitators by developing training materials and providing related resources for facilitators and AVP groups worldwide.


1) Create Quality Educational Materials for use by AVP International facilitators around the world

  • to continuously write, review and revise AVP Manuals
  • to provide quality translations of AVP Manuals
  • to continuously review workshop practices and create publications that exemplify AVP values and best practices in community building, learning, evaluation and research.

2) Develop the infrastructure for the AVP International Education Network

  • to put all the manual materials, as well as other workshop materials including multimedia resources, into the structure (keep safe)
  • to set up a database site to receive, evaluate and house future materials contributions.
  • to facilitate the networking of individuals and groups of AVP facilitators as educational resources for each other
  • to recognise and respond to specific technological needs of groups and the diversity of those needs.

3) Develop processes for the AVP International Education Community

  • to evaluate, inform, improve and disseminate educational materials (respectful of the variety of needs including cultural differences)
  • to develop and implement processes and guidelines for evaluation and quality assurance of AVP exercises, agendas, manuals.
  • to facilitate the networking of individuals and groups of AVP facilitators around educational resources
  • to facilitate keeping facilitators active and involved in AVP
  • to support collaboration with other AVP International committees and teams.

Other educational publications/resources include:

This online bookstore has a number of books that help teachers learn skills for creative conflict resolution they can use themselves and teach to students. It provides interactive activities and games that help students recognise creative and positive alternatives.

Available at:

(section in construction) The AVP International Education Committee produces educational publications/resources other than facilitators training manuals. These include:

AVP International Education Committee, Light and lively supplement, online, The Committee, 2017.

This is a collection of over 180 light and livelies. It includes a table of the light and livelies by characteristics, such as Quick Emotional Release and which light and livelies are variations of other light and livelies. This is called a draft to emphasise that this is a living document and more light and livelies will be added to each edition/version of this supplement.

Available as a free pdf download from the International website - Resources section of the Facilitators Part.

Creative Responses to Conflict website,

This online bookstore has a number of books that help teachers learn skills for creative conflict resolution they can use themselves and teach to students. It provides interactive activities and games that help students recognise creative and positive alternatives.

Available at:

MacBeth, I. & Fine, N. Playing with Fire: Creative Conflict Resolution for Young Adults, Jessica Kingsley, London, 2011. ISBN 978-1-94905-184-2.

This practical and ready to use guide presents a complete training program for helping teenagers and young adults deal creatively with interpersonal conflict and violence. Great for teachers, youth workers, social workers, counselors, administrators and others.

Available from:

Garver, N. & Reitan, E. Nonviolence and community: reflections on the Alternatives to Violence Project, N. Pendle Hill (PHP) Pamphlet 322, Pendle Hill Publications, Wallingford, 1995.

This is a description of AVP, the key features and philosophy and processes of an AVP workshop.


Hamer, K. Leading a group: a practical and comprehensive handbook, 6th ed. The Author, Maroubra, Australia, 2017.

Provides an outline of the functional issues involved in group dynamics. It offers practical guidelines and facilitation and leadership skills to aid in the successful management of a group. These guidelines can be varied and utilised in any type of training or support group for any organisation and for any age group.

Available: Print copies from or free pdf downloadable copies from the AVP International website Resources Section -

Herzfeld, Sally et al This we can do: Quaker faith in action through the Alternatives to Violence Project, 2015 Backhouse Lecture, The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia, 2015

This booklet outlines the development of AVP within prisons, schools and community groups in Australia and across sixty countries across the world.

Available as a free pdf download from

Prutzmann, P. et al, Friendly classroom for a small planet: a handbook on creative approaches to living and problem solving for children, Children’s Creative Responses to Conflict, Avery Publishing Group, 1978 ERIC document ED253494

This is a collection of classroom activities, educational games, teaching methods and resource material for elementary/primary school students.

Available for free pdf download from the ERIC database -

“Is What You Are Doing an AVP workshop?” - the Best Practice Team publication ---insert link to these publications--

*List Core values - click here

*Articles on Core from Transformer (Dawn)read more

*Reading list with abstracts (Katherine will create this list) **Pendle Hill pamphlets

*Playing with Fire *AVP studies and AVP authored literature (create link to Graeme’s site) (Katherine)

*AVPUSA Transformer (put in link) ● Link to Organising Guide

*Transforming Power Stories (Dawn)



AVP workshops are based on experiential learning. All facilitators use a range of learning activities or exercises in their workshops. The activities/exercises are available to facilitators in AVP manuals that are used throughout the world.

The AVP Education Network collects AVP manuals that are being used around the world. These are available free in pdf format for registered users on the AVP International website, section: Resources, Manuals.

The activities/exercises from these manuals are being collected into the Activities/Exercises Database on the International website. Facilitators can search for individual activities/exercises, for all the versions of each activity/exercise from each manual. Also facilitators can search activities/exercises by, and for all the activities/exercises on the Basic Workshop building blocks and the Advanced Workshop topics.

This database is a living document, continuously changing through the feedback and suggestions of our facilitators.

(Link to the Database will be posted here...)

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