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John F. Reuwer, MD

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Academic Educational Background

  • March 2016 - Advanced Trauma Focused Workshop, Alternatives to Violence Project, Lancaster, PA. 
  • 2016 Attends and presents workshop on nuclear weapons abolition at the World Beyond War national conference, Washington, DC.
  • April 2015 - Delegation to peace villages in Colombia, under the auspices of Peaceworkers.
  • January 2015 - Nonviolent Communication in the Workplace, New England NVC, Burlington, VT.
  • 2015 Joins the National Security Committee of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
  • January 2014 - Spirituality of NVC workshop, Rowe Retreat Center, Rowe, MA.
  • June 2014 - Nonviolent Conflict Intervention Skills training, Peace and Justice Center of Vermont.
  • 2013 - present: Adjunct Faculty in Peace and Justice Minor Program, Saint Michael's College, Colchester Vermont - teaching conflict resolution courses in nonviolent action and nonviolent communication.
  • September 2013 - Be Peace Advanced Course, Razur Foundation, Charlotte, VT. 
  • March 2012 - Techniques of Nonviolent Communication: A Needs Based Approach to Therapy, Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association.
  • February 2012 - Advanced Communication Techniques training, Vermont Department of Corrections.
  • July 2011 - Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive training, National Peace Academy, Burlington, VT.
  • May 2011 – Christian Peacemaker Team Delegation to Colombia – supporting local peacemakers in nonviolent actions.
  • February, 2011 – Short course on political mediation and civil resistance at Virginia Tech, taught by staff from the United States Insitute for Peace, and the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict. Blacksburg, VA.
  • November 2010 – Be Peace foundations course, taught by the Rasur Foundation. Charlotte, VT
  • June 2009 – International Intensive Training in nonviolent communication, taught by Marshall Rosenberg. Albuquerque, NM.
  • December 1996 - named Christian Peacemaker Teams Ambassador for Peace
  • October 1994 June 1996 – Training in nonviolent action with the Christian Peacemaker Corps, with active deployment to Haiti, Palestine, and urban conflict areas of Washington DC.
  • 1989-2016 Short term peace and medical missions to Belize, Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, Palestine, and Mali, Colombia, and Qatar.
  • July-August 1988 – Training in nonviolent action by the Servicio Paz y Justicia and Fellowship of Reconciliation. Mexico and California.
  • 1987 – 2013– taught informal courses and lectures on nonviolent action as an alternative to war, at Radford University, Virginia Tech, national medical conferences, and the US Army War College.
  • 1987 - present - Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
  • 1980-1981 - Rotating Internship, St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • 1980 – MD, University of Virginia with 3 month experience in India,
  • 1976 – BA in religion and archeology – University of Virginia

Professional Experiences in Peacebuilding / Community Building

Dr. Reuwer has been studying and teaching alternatives to violence for over 30 years. He is an emergency physician with 28 years of emergency department experience, currently practicing urgent care and occupational medicine. He was a founder of the Grand Rapids, Michigan chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility in 1981, and a charter member of Physicians for a Violence-Free Society, and a long-time member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. He was a charter member of Christian Peacemaker Teams, a peacekeeping project of the Mennonite, Brethren, and Quaker congregations, and served in Haiti, the Middle East, Washington DC, and most recently Colombia. His work includes applying nonviolent communication for the prevention of conflict, and adapting it clinically to promote mental and physical wellness. His most recent endeavor was living in a violence prone Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he worked on several models of unarmed civilian protection to address urban violence.

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