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Advanced level 1 Training 
In NonViolent Resistance Therapy


In two alternative tracks:

Children & Adolescents  |  Non-Emerging Adults  

Training | Advanced level 1 (AL-1) ​​

Special announcement

On April 3, 2024, CNTP will announce its next-generation training framework. The content of this page will change accordingly.  

Course information

The Advanced Level 1 course expands Foundation Level learnings to challenges of greater complexity, wider systemic settings, and a deeper acquaintance with one or more of NVR’s wide range of implementations:  

First, advanced Level 1 goes beyond Foundation Level’s didactic step-by-step model into the complex, non-linear realities of acute crisis, extreme behaviors, unpredictable developments and outcomes, and multiple stresses on the family and theraputic systems.

Second, it teaches how to acknowledge and work with the wider social ecosystems of which clients and their presenting problems form part, such as an extended family, multiple agencies involved in the case, an employer, a spiritual affiliation, or a neighborhood. This recognition becomes part of planning and carrying out an NVR intervention.

Third, whereas the Foundation Level Course focuses principally on parental authority facing children’s disruptive behaviors, AL-1 will expand your understanding of NVR’s applicability by offering alternative specialization tracks. In 2022, two such tracks are being offered – NVR with Families of Children and Adolescents - with a focus on systemic trauma and children’s unmet needs; and NVR With Families of Adult Children - with a focus on de-accommodation to entrenched dependence in emerging adults.

More Advanced Level 1 tracks are planned for 2023. 

Practitioners wishing to combine several tracks will be provided with an opportunity to do so at adjusted durations and rates.

More information about CNTP’s AL1 track system will be made available during 2022.

What you will learn

During the Advanced level 1 course, participants learn:

Examples of complexity-related learnings  

  • How to manage inter-parental tensions through an NVR intervention

  • How to manage parental aggression and dysregulation

  • How to work with families that have experienced severe trauma and multiple stressors

  • How to work given a sabotaging or disinterested parent or others 

  • Conducting interventions in the absence of supporters

  • Initiating an intervention in response to an acute crisis of self-harm, suicidal behavior

  • How to position oneself as a therapist in the most helpful, collaborative ways

Examples of abilities related to working with the larger system

  • Help parents identify emotionally safe positions of other adults and inviting them to become supporters

  • Invite members of the larger family and community to transition from critical and prescriptive to emotionally safe, supportive positions

  • Organise the family and its support network to resist dangerous and coercive behaviors of other adults around the family

  • Help motivate supporters and prevent compassion fatigue

  • Organise and manage a functional ecological support network or caring community

  • Work with schools, psychiatric services, police and other professional systems to form a non-critical, effective professional network

Examples of specialization-related abilities

In the Entrenched Dependence track

  • Generating hope and trust in despaired parents of adult children

  • Mapping and de-constructing shells of social withdrawal

  • Planning and managing the de-accommodation process

  • Managing de-accommodation risk

  • Coping with the “suicidal specter”

In the child and trauma focus track:

  • Create an emotionally safe caring community around the family, to enable the family to become a ‘healing environment’

  • Support parents out of social isolation

  • Help parents and supporters maintain the boundaries and integrity of the nuclear family

  • Utilise positive action methods to help parents overcome traumatic reactivity

  • Help parents develop hope and confidence

  • Regenerate sensitivity for unmet child needs

  • Promote reconciliation, resonance and caring interaction between parent and child

​Asynchronous learning assignments

  • Continue writing a reflective log

  • Form NVR peer groups (3 to 5 practitioners)

  • Take part, as a supporter in your colleague’s casework

  • Reading

  • Undertake an NVR related activity of participant’s choosing.

  • Write a 2,000 word case study

Duration, dates and sequence 

Dates for the advanced level course will be announced during 2022. 

The course spans a total of 6 X 6 hour study days, or 36 hours in total. The six days are delivered in two parts. The first part spans four consecutive days. It is followed by an interval of several months during which participants carry out assignment work. Following this interval, the remaining two days of the training are held consecutively. During these two days group members reflect on their experiences and present cases for discussion. To complete the course, participants are requested to submit their reflective log and a 2,000 word written case study.  


All trainings will take place via Zoom for as long as COVID restrictions hold. 

​Group size:

Minimum 10, maxiumum 15 


Dan Dulberger (Emerging Adults track) , Dr. Peter Jakob (Children and Adolescents track) 



An Advanced Level 1 certificate of attendance*  in NVR practice will be provided to individuals who:

  • Attended training sessions

  • Showed involvement in discussions

  • Submitted a reflective log with written records of all completed independent learning assignments.

  • Submitted a  2000-word case study following the instructions in the SNTP AL NVR teaching manual and coursework submission guidelines.

  • Have complied with course’s terms and conditions

* Please note that a NVR AL1 training certificate does not certify NVR competence (see more in “Certification”).


To be announced during 2022. 

Eligibility for participation

  1. A personal interview with the candidate

  2. Succesful completion of the Foundation Level course.

  3. Professional qualification in a social work, mental health or educational profession, with eligibility for membership in a recognised professional association, a provisional or full registration with a recognized provincial regulatory college (in Canada), or a state licensing board (in the USA). Typical professions of this kind are nursing, social work, special needs teaching, clinical psychology, counselling therapy, addictions counselling, clinical psychology, educational psychology, psychiatry, systemic therapy.


NVR for caregivers of Children and Adolescents

This track addresses NVR’s application in the context of children and adolescents, in all caregiving settings (biological, foster, adoption residential, inpatient), facing the entire spectrum of difficulties, disabilities or disorders, with a special emphasis on trauma, multi-stress and the child’s experience of the change process.

Instructor: Dr. Peter Jakob 

NVR for caregivers of adult Children

This track addresses NVR's application inthe context of adult children living in entrenched dependence-accommodation relations with their families of origin, across a wide range of mental health conditions, lifecycle stages, harmful behaviors and complicating factors. 

Instructor: Dan Dulberger


An NVR foundation level training certificate does not certify NVR competence (see more in “Certification”).


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