Courses at SPI 2019

Session I – May 13 - 21, 2019 (7-day, 3-credit)
Session II – May 23 - May 31, 2019 (7-day, 3-credit)
Session III – June 3 - 7, 2019 (5-day, 2-credit)
Session IV – June 10 - 14, 2019 (5-day, 2-credit)

Only one course may be taken per session. All courses can be taken for training and skills enhancement or academic credit. Session 1 and 2 courses may be taken for two or three academic credits. Session 3 and 4 courses may be taken for two academic credits.  Contact SPI for more information.

If you have questions about a particular course that are not answered in the information below, please feel free to contact the SPI office at

SESSION I: May 13 – 21, 2019

Analysis: Understanding Conflict – PAX 533

Gloria Rhodes

Examine the nature and dynamics of conflict and violence and explore factors that contribute to peace.  Use analytical lenses such as identity, needs, narratives, power, culture, religion, and worldview to understand and propose change in systems that perpetuate conflict and injustice.

STAR Level II: Practice, Application, Reflection and Connection - PAX 640 

Katie Mansfield and Johonna Turner

Expand your knowledge of STAR frameworks and models. Learn to lead STAR activities and adapt STAR concepts to your context and audience.  Increase your capacity to trauma-inform your work and life while building personal and professional resilience. Advanced course. Participants must have applied STAR concepts personally or professionally since completion of STAR Level 1 training.

Circle Processes - PAX 672 

Kay Pranis

Learn to design and conduct circles. Gain skills to lead a process that assists participants in responding to acts of violence or crime with respectful dialogue even when there are significant differences in perspectives, life experiences, and beliefs. 

Transformational Leadership for Organizational Change - PAX 684 

David Brubaker and Myriam Aziz

Focus on the role of leaders in organizational and social change processes, as well as on managing structures, people, networks and partnerships. Explore several types of leadership and management theories and practices.

SESSION II: May 23 - May 31, 2019

Formation for Peacebuilding Practice – PAX 532

Gloria Rhodes

Explore various competencies needed by those who work for peace and social justice. Strengthen your abilities to listen and communicate, create and maintain healthy boundaries, recognize and promote diversity, lead from your vision and values, and engage people in dialogue and decision-making.

Restorative Justice: Principles, Theories & Applications - PAX 571 

Judah Oudshoorn and Michelle Jackett

Deepen your understanding of justice. Explore a justice framework that focuses on healing, accountability, and community, not blame, punishment, and isolation. Identify the harms, needs, roles, and responsibilities of offenders, victims, communities, and the justice system after acts of crime or violence.

Forgiveness & Reconciliation - PAX 563 

Hizkias Assefa

Explore the concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation from multidisciplinary perspectives and understand how these concepts can help generate durable solutions and healing at all levels of conflict from the interpersonal to the international.  Examine these concepts from different philosophical, cultural, and worldview perspectives.

Trustbuilding: Toward Relational Justice and Sustainable Change - PAX 690

Barry Hart and Rob Corcoran

Learn to build healthy relationships and safe communities through the creation of trust. Understand the importance of practicing integrity and honoring the identity and dignity of others as well as the historical and socio-cultural contexts that affect the ability to build trust between individuals and groups.

Truth-telling, Racial Healing and Restorative Justice - PAX 671

Jodie Geddes and Lenore Bajare-Dukes

Explore linkages between truth, justice, and healing at personal and collective levels in the wake of violence. Discuss pervasive human rights violations in international and domestic contexts while envisioning what a restorative justice-based truth-telling, racial healing, and reparations process might look like today in the US.

Community Organizing for Social Change - PAX 547 

Mark Chupp

From framing the issue to mobilizing and empowering community actors, learn to design and facilitate social change processes. Explore traditional and transformative approaches used in prior social movements. Explore advances in social networking that positively and negatively influence organizing efforts.

Designing Facilitated Processes that Work - PAX 605

Catherine Barnes

Go beyond basic meeting facilitation skills and design processes that help groups to address challenging situations, transform conflict and work towards justice. Participants should have some experience with facilitation and want to take their skills to the next level through using context analysis, design principles, and more conducive process methods.

Peacebuilding Approaches to Violent Extremism - PAX 646 

Lisa Schirch

Learn practical skills for developing a wide range of potential responses to violent extremism. Practice using a systems-based approach that explores 25 theories of change that correlate with violent extremism. Discuss and explore three paradigms of response - counterterrorism, countering violent extremism (CVE), and peacebuilding.

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR), Level 1– PAX 540 

Katie Mansfield and  Joy Kreider

Explore processes and tools for addressing trauma, breaking cycles of violence, and building resilience. Increase awareness of the impact of trauma on the body, mind, beliefs, and behavior of individuals, communities, and societies. Discuss meta-level trauma awareness as well as personal/societal situations that have caused trauma and how to move forward.

Playback Theatre: Honoring Stories and Healing Wounds - PAX 579 

Heidi Winters Vogel and Roger Foster

Learn the art and craft of embodied facilitation using movement, music, and story for healing and connection. Utilize theatrical improvisation to tell real events from people’s lives, creating another perspective for feedback from difficult personal and community events.

Singing to the Lions: Helping Children Respond Effectively to Violence and Abuse - PAX 693 

Lucy Steinitz

Become a facilitator who helps children overcome fear and violence in their lives. This experiential three-day workshop that is fun and active explains the use of games, drama, dance, and art to help trauma-affected children and young adults. Learn to lead activities and discuss adaptation to various settings around the world. This is a three-day workshop ending Wednesday, June 12, 2019.


Building Resilience for Challenging Systemic Racism: A Trauma Healing Workshop for Activists and Allies - PAX 694

Ram Bhagat

Explore and interpret the root causes of inequity and injustice in social policies and practices and acknowledge the traumatic effects of racial violence in our schools and communities. Use drumming, dance, and dramatization to engage in dialogue about how society is out of balance and how systemic racism permeates institutions and human interaction. Discover ways to build our resilience to systemic racism. Three-day workshop ending Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

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