Nonviolence Training

nv_training1ISPN’s Nonviolence Training program introduces the principles and practices of nonviolence developed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to students, teachers, police officers, hospitals, inmates and community members.  Our instructors also train new trainers to work in schools atand the community annually.

Our Nonviolence Training Workshops are customized to meet the needs of the group. Our most popular training is Nonviolence Conflict Resolution, which teaches practical skills to dealing with conflict.

For more information or to schedule a training, please contact Sal Monteiro, Nonviolence Adviser, at or 401-345-9732.  If you get our voicemail, please be sure to leave a message!

Come Train With Us (Upcoming Events)

Saturday September 8th and Sunday September 9th from 9am-4pm each day, ISPN offers a Core Nonviolence Training that is open to the public.  This two day training offers an introduction to the Kingian Principles and Steps of Nonviolence. Throughout the training participants will learn Martin Luther King Jr.’s six principles of nonviolence and come to a greater understanding of nonviolence as a tool for change.  The training answers these key questions: what is nonviolence and how does it apply to my life? Core components covered through this training include: The History of Nonviolence, defining key terms (Violence/ Nonviolence), the 4 components of a Beloved Healthy Community, the six Principles of Nonviolence and the Steps of Nonviolence.

To register or if you have questions, please contact Sal Monteiro at or 401-345-9732.

Where We’ve Trained

  • Adult Correctional Institution (ACI) Maximum and Medium Security Prison
  • Boston University School of Theology
  • Gordon Bailey Elementary School
  • Institute for Nonviolence- Chicago
  • Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) at Roger Williams University
  • Moses Brown School
  • Providence Police Academy
  • Providence College
  • Rhode Island Hospital Summer Jobs Program

Meet our Master Trainer: Sal Monteiro

salSal Monteiro is currently a student at College Unbound, expected to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in May 2017. Sal spent over 12 years (1992-2004)  incarcerated at the Adult Correctional Institution in Rhode Island. Sal was first introduced to the Principles of Nonviolence during his time in prison. After returning home, he became a Streetworker at ISPN in December of 2005, helping at risk youth to the end cycles of violence in Rhode Island. He has since facilitated Nonviolence Trainings around the globe and across the United States in: Belfast, Ireland, California, Chicago, Baltimore, MD and St. Louis/Ferguson, MO. Sal returned to the prison as a Nonviolence Educator and is currently teaching courses at Providence College and Moses Brown School in Providence, RI. He has been practicing the principles of Nonviolence in his own life for over 20 years and is a proud member of the Cape Verdean community and father to an 11 year old daughter.


The Principles & Practices of Nonviolence

Dr. King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence:

  • Nonviolence is not for cowards.  It is a way of life for courageous people.
  • Build the Beloved Community everywhere you go.
  • Attack the forces of evil, not persons doing evil.
  • Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the just cause.
  • Avoid inner violence of the spirit as well as outward physical violence.
  • The universe is on the side of justice.

Dr. King’s Six Practices of Nonviolence:

  • Gather information.
  • Share the information with all who care about the problem.
  • Strengthen your own commitment.
  • Negotiate with dignity for all.
  • If negotiations fail, take appropriate direct action, then negotiate again.
  • Always reconcile.  Celebrate reconciliation!