Training and Workshops

For over three decades, CPT has been equipping its Corps with skills for peacemaking to build partnerships and support local nonviolent peacemakers in conflict areas who confront systems of oppression and violence. We want to share our skills with you and your community! CPT offers in person and online workshops for community groups, organizations, and congregations.

If you and your community are interested in learning practical skills for community transformation and resilience, CPT offers the participatory workshops listed below as well as custom workshops and training.*

Training List & Information

Online / In Person
3 hours

Take To the Streets: Protests and Police intervention in the US and Canadian context

CPT has brought together our collective experience to create a three-hour online training on protests and police intervention. This training is highly interactive for the participants. In this workshop, we share our knowledge, tips, and tactics and then lead the group through exercises to create strategies to be carried into the streets as we work together towards justice.

Topics that are covered and what you can expect to learn:

De-escalation: learning and practicing various de-escalation skills and help discerning if it is appropriate to attempt to de-escalate different situations. 

Participating in a protest: Tips on preparing yourself for various protest scenarios that may arise. We will also cover protest anatomy, affinity groups, and common organizing structures. 

Police, Military, and other violent presence: Interacting with police and military, responding to state violence, preparing for arrest, and counter-protesters.

Self Care: how to take care of yourself during and after this hard work.

Online / In Person
3 hours

Nonviolent action in our daily lives

This is a basic training on nonviolence and how it can be used in our daily lives and communities. This training is interactive for the participant and will help build skills as well as help participants understand their boundaries and personal biases. 

Topics that will be covered and what you can expect to learn:

Understanding violence and personal boundaries: Group conversations on how we each view and experience violence and how that relates to our personal boundaries.

De-escalation: learning and practicing various de-escalation skills and help discerning if it is appropriate to attempt to de-escalate different situations. 

Tactics in protective presence: explore different ways to address the violence that occurs in our daily lives and communities.

Self and Community Care:  how to take care of yourself during and after this hard work.

In Person
3 hours

Nonviolent Tactics for Social change

The invitation to join the call towards collective liberation echoes around the world. This training offers a highly interactive session containing group conversation reinforced by role plays and practice of nonviolent tactics. This training is ideal for groups thinking of engaging in actions and street protests or people wanting to refresh skills of nonviolence. 

This training is similar to CPT’s Taking to the Streets training, with the additional component of in-person practice and role plays designed to build muscle memory and assist in quick decision making.  

Topics that will be covered and what you can expect to learn

Reflections on Violence: Group conversations on how we each view and experience violence. 

De-escalation: learning and practicing various de-escalation skills and help discerning if it is appropriate to attempt to de-escalate different situations. 

Tactics for change: Practice various tactics that help further nonviolent change in our personal lives and protest settings. 

Police, Military, and other violent presence: Interacting with police and military, responding to state violence, preparing for arrest, and counter-protesters. 

Self and Community Care: how to take care of yourself and those around you during and after this hard work. 

Custom or tailored workshops

Is there a training that not listed that you would like CPT to facilitate for your group or a special circumstance that requires a tailored training? If so, Contact us for more information. Topics offered include: 

NonviolenceAccompaniment Undoing Oppressions De-escalation Protests, affinity groups, and risking arrest Social cohesion

For all information on custom workshops or training, including fees and availability, please contact outreach@cpt.org.

How to Hold Your Loved Ones Accountable When They Say Something Racist

In Person | 3 hours

Bystander intervention

In Person | 3 hours

Participant Capacity

The ideal size for a CPT workshop or training is around 15 participants. At a maximum, we can work with groups as large as 100.

Generally, we ask for a minimum of 6 people for online training. With fewer than 6 participants, there is usually not enough synergy for generative discussions or group exercises.

Covid precautions

CPT asks that all participants of in-person workshops be vaccinated for COVID-19 and wear masks at all times during sessions.  Training will be scheduled considering safety and travel restrictions and may change as COVID conditions change.

Costs

Online training and workshops

For training and workshops listed above (excluding custom workshops) we request $500 for groups under 20 participants. For groups above 20, please contact outreach@cpt.org.

In Person training and workshops

For training and workshops listed above (excluding custom workshops) we request a $500 training fee plus travel room and board for the trainer/s. For groups above 20, please contact outreach@cpt.org for pricing as additional trainers may need to be added

*We never want money to be what holds people back from engaging with nonviolence or CPT! Let us know if finances are an issue; we want to work with you.

Contact & information

Contact Julie Brown, our Outreach Coordinator at outreach@cpt.org, for booking information.