The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding offers a comprehensive community model that takes the approach of addressing conflict and violence with a continuum of prevention, intervention and restorative strategies involving youth and adult populations, including those healing from the otherwise lasting impact of trauma.

Upcoming Trainings

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NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE - 6 Part Webinar Series

Dates: 8/29, 9/26, 10/30, 11/14, 12/12 and 1/19/20

Location: Via zoom webinar

Join RPCP and partners for a 6 month webinar series to build knowledge, capacity, and resources to develop and facilitate your own community justice process that is centered around and with community residents who are most affected by injustice and incarceration. Beginning August 2019, each webinar will be 1 ½ hours and co-facilitated by Jhody Polk and various social justice champions across the U.S. The webinar series will include 1 free private coaching session with Jhody Polk and will give you access to partnerships and resources to identify, address, and transform injustice in your local communities! For more information and to apply, click here.


Restorative Justice Practitioner Training

Dates: October 24, 25 from 9AM- 5PM

Location: Gainesville, Florida

This two-day experiential training introduces teachers, law enforcement, social service providers and community members to the core principles and practices of Restorative Justice Circles. Participants learn the difference between a punitive and restorative approach. It is a process that offers both victims and those who caused harm an opportunity to seek answers and accountability to begin to repair the damage caused by conflict and/or crime. Over the course of the training, participants engage in role plays and activities which put theory into practice.

For more information click here.

Upcoming Events

CRACKED UP: The Long Arm of Childhood Trauma
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Cracked Up: The Long Arm of Childhood Trauma (Documentary) - FREE!

WHAT: CRACKED UP: The Long Arm of Childhood Trauma (Documentary) + Panel Discussion with co-founders of Peace4Gainesville: A trauma responsive community initiative.

WHEN: Monday Evening, September 23 at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Hippodrome State Theater - 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL
PRICE: Free (Tickets required) - Love Offerings Accepted

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In Cracked Up we witness the effects adverse childhood experiences can have across a lifetime through the incredible story of actor, comedian, master impressionist and Saturday Night Live veteran, Darrell Hammond. Behind the scenes, Darrell suffered from debilitating flashbacks, self-injury, addiction, and misdiagnosis, until the right doctor isolated the key to unlocking the memories his brain kept locked away for over 50 years. Cracked Up creates an inspiring balance between comedy and tragedy helping us understand the impact of toxic stress and childhood trauma in a new light, breaking down barriers of stigma and replacing shame with compassion and hope.