Nonviolence Certification

Earn certification through the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island and become members of the global nonviolence network.

3-Day Kingian Nonviolence and Conflict Reconciliation Workshop

The three-day workshop includes the 16 modules of in-depth study of the philosophy and methodology of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s approach to personal transformation and social change. For individuals who cannot attend the whole two-week training institute, this 3-Day workshop is a brief starting point on the path to becoming a nonviolence trainer. The workshop may qualify as a continuing professional development program for many educators and professionals.

Level I: Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation (2 Week Certification Program)

The initial week of the Level I training consists of introductory training in Kingian nonviolence conflict reconciliation course and introduces key concepts and essential background information about nonviolence, including core values, conflict analysis, nonviolent historical movements, dynamics of social change, and study of several of the most important essays written by Dr. King. Participants learn through a combination of instructional and interactive small group activities and training exercises. Some evening discussions and dialogue opportunities supplement morning and afternoon sessions.

The second week of the training prepares participants to become certified trainers and workshop facilitators qualified to deliver a 16-hour Introductory Nonviolence Workshop. This portion of the training involves guided practice presentations, supervised facilitation rehearsals, and demonstrations of simulated workshop sessions. Final certification as a Level I nonviolence trainer requires mastery of basic Kingian nonviolence concepts and successful demonstration of workshop facilitation skills by the conclusion of the Institute.

Level II: Advanced Nonviolence Leadership Training (1 Week Certification Program)

The Level II course offers an in-depth study of Kingian nonviolence methodology, including a review of the Level I curriculum, leadership characteristics, historical and organizational analysis, social action research, and community organizing and mobilization strategies. Emphasis is on leadership development and continued involvement in nonviolence education and training efforts. The training is presented using a seminar and small group discussion format and individual study and team activities. Level II certification as a nonviolence leader and trainer expects to demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of nonviolence as represented through the study and analysis of nonviolent leaders, organizations, or movements.

Level III Certification

Level III is the highest tribute the URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies pays to certified Kingian Nonviolence trainers who have institutionalized or internationalized nonviolence.