Center for Peaceful Solutions

Our mission is to reduce the effects of conflict, trauma and violence on individuals, families and communities.
We work in neighborhoods and the justice and education systems.

The Dialogue Road Map

Hearing the other in the way they want to be heard, and letting them know you have done so
Asking questions only for the purpose of clarity, and exposing the narrative
Allowing 'what is' to just be; having no opinion, judgment, blame or own story; and honoring the whole person and the present state
Asking permission to give my input, and gauging readiness to change
Exploring available resources both personal and or professional, and examining the responsibility of the listener/mediator

Our fingerprints on the lives we touch never fade

Be The Change

Updates

Healing the homeless in Long Island

The Center for Peaceful Solutions worked with The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) over a one-year period. The INN is the largest organization that fights hunger and homelessness on Long Island, New York. The INN is a volunteer-based organization with volunteers who help coordinate the donations and distributions of food, clothing,

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New Visions Charter High School

We were delighted to work with the New Visions Charter High School staff in South Jamaica, NY. Over the course of an academic year we introduced staff to the Dialogue Road Map and supported them to use it in their everyday interactions. Restorative approaches are becoming very popular in New

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Unexpected feedback

Very often we work with actors to demonstrate to training participants how the Dialogue Road Map can work in different situations. The actors play a variety of roles from patients with schizophrenia, perpetrators or victims of violent crime to divorcing spouses or neighbours.
Sometimes the actors will sit in on

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What people say

Jean Victor
The peaceful solutions training affected my life in many ways. It's helped my marriage become stronger just by listening to the needs of my wife. It's helped build a relationship between me and my sister. It’s also helped both my little boys on how they communicate with each other other in school. The training should be taught in schools as early as kindergarten.
Diana Allie
I was left hopeless after the my 26-year-old son was murdered by a knife. I learned how to communicate in a non-violent way, and navigate the judicial system without being bitter and upset about my son’s death. I used the training to connect with the broken families, and my four children are getting better in their depression. We are talking more about the death and how we can move forward in our life.
Dave Little
Resistant and reluctant to see this training doing anything for me, I was quite astonished to realize that I had the power and the tools to change and be heard and understood in a positive matter. Through this training I have learned to listen better and communicate in a much more effective way. The training gave me deep inside an understanding about better methodologies to listening and communicating.