Training and Courses

HYVPC Mentees

View a list of former doctoral students as well as projects some of our past and present graduate students have worked on with us.

Academic Courses

Click here for list of courses on violence offered by our core and affiliate faculty.

Non-violent Communication Training

In May 2010, HYVPC hosted two workshops on Non-violent Communication (NVC) by international expert Jorge Rubio. On Friday evening, May 14, Mr. Rubio offered an introduction to NVC at the Harvard School of Public Health, which was open to the public. The following Wednesday he conducted a more advanced day-long workshop on NVC with our 10 community partner agencies. Both events were well attended and a great success.

Other Community Training

In its first five years (2000-2005), HYVPC provided formal training to its eight grassroots Community Partners in topics such as asset mapping and program evaluation. Over the past five years, we provided training on topics such as interpreting research, restorative justice, and promoting a public health approach to violence prevention.


PEACEZONE: A Program for Developing Social Literacy is a comprehensive elementary school curriculum developed by Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Joseph and Clementina Chery, Jon Oliver, Marci Feldman, and Fern Shamis to increase the ability of children to promote peace, make positive decisions, and avoid risk-taking behaviors. For more information on the curriculum, download the flyer HERE.

Training for Health Professionals

1. Dr. Robert Sege, HYVPC core faculty, in a project for the Massachusetts Medical Society, has developed a series of tip cards for parents dealing with a range of violence-related topics including time outs, spanking, bullying, and, most recently, Protecting Your Child from Gun Injury. He also co-edited the physicians’ handbook, Recognizing and Preventing Youth Violence: A Guide for Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals, now being distributed by the Massachusetts Medical Society‘s Committee on Violence. The handbook is suitable both for parent and practitioner audiences, and is available via the MMS’s Web page. Tens of thousands of the guidebooks and hundreds of thousands of the tip cards have been distributed. Dr. Sege’s work has had a broad impact statewide and serves as a national model for clinical interventions to reduce youth violence.

2. The Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center collaborated with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute to create a toolkit for providers “Healing through Helping” (Survivors for violence prevention, 2009. A resource material to assist providers in the delivery of high quality care to survivors of homicide. The design of the toolkit was informed by conclusions of qualitative study which assessed the needs and experiences of survivors of homicide and providers.