LAPD officers talk POWER

LAPD police officers taking part in Beyond Us and Them's POWER program Law enforcement

The Peace Officer Wellness, Empathy & Resilience (POWER) Training Program is a nationally certified intensive and interactive curriculum for police and correctional officers that utilizes mindfulness practices, compassion-based communication exercises and training in wellness-related areas such as stress management and self-care. Participants in the conversation documented in the video below were all active officers with the Los…

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Trainer leadership​ initiative

​Beyond Us and Them, formerly Center for Council’s, Trainer Leadership Initiative provides direct council training, mentorship and support for extraordinary individuals working in the areas of race and reconciliation, education, educational equity, youth rehabilitation, children’s welfare, health, human rights, gender equality, environmental justice, the arts, restorative justice, prisoner reentry, and more. Participants hail from Anti-Recidivism…

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Our International partnerships

Beyond Us & Them has played a critical role in a series of interfaith “Bearing Witness Retreat” programs offered through Zen Peacemakers. At each of these international events, Beyond Us & Them offers training, coordination, support and consultation in integrating Council practice. Daily small-group Councils are offered, led by trained facilitators, and public trainings and…

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Cops & Communities: Circling Up

LAPD police officers taking part in our cops and communities program

In September 2018, Center for Council brought together a group of law enforcement officers and community leaders to explore where there is common ground in their seemingly disparate experiences and how council can serve as a model for improving community-police relations. This project was made possible with generous support from the Angell Foundation. Additional support…

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