Applied Peacebuilding Skills Certificate Program
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This five-month online program teaches practical hands-on skills to building peace.

Learning the skills of “peace” is a lifelong adventure. It is a journey, and none of us are experts in all types of conflicts. This skill-building program is an MCC pilot project that seeks to teach and develop peacemaking skills, and apply these skills within today’s context of home, work, and community. Participants will learn to integrate practical peacebuilding skills in everyday ways wherever they find themselves.
 

This program is for you if you consider yourself a leader (no matter your position) and would like to gain practical hands-on skills to engage in conversations that link your faith with peacemaking, and how to make a difference in your community. Together we will be engaging in conversations, skill-building sessions, and ongoing reflective practice to connect what we are learning to our faith, scripture, and Jesus as our foundation for peace.

There will be bi-weekly discussion conversations and practical skill-building sessions. Foundational topics will include:

  • Understanding your own conflict style using the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Assessment (TKI™) from Psychometrics Canada
  • Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation Skills
  • Conflict Mapping
  • Unpacking White Privilege and Being an Ally
  • Restorative Justice Approaches
  • Learning about Peace Circle Processes
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Learning how to become an Active Bystander

Disclaimer: This course is to build practical skills and there is no verification of skill level upon completion.

Timeframe: 5 months from September 22, 2021, to February 2, 2022.

Format:

  1. Complete a weekly reading, short journaling assignments, watch TED talks/documentaries, read articles, and online course discussions.    
  2. Attend two (2) monthly, two-hour skill-building and discussion-based sessions (virtually) held every other Wednesday evening from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST.
  3. All participants must have access to the internet for Zoom videoconferencing, and to access the online course portal for weekly discussion chats.

Materials for Participants to Purchase

Textbook: Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians by John Paul Lederach. Participants will need to purchase their own copy of the textbook online prior to the course's start. Some options include: Menno MediaAmazon or Chapters/Indigo.

Cost: $150.00 for the five-month course includes access to the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI™) with a personalized report and the Training Active Bystanders (TAB) Workshop.

MCC Ontario Applied Peace Skills Certificate Program Overview
(Fall/Winter 2021)

Register for the program here. Registration closes September 8, 2021.

Please contact restorativejustice@mcco.ca with questions.