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Practitioner Trainings

Practitioner Training for civil and nonviolent conflict transformation


160601_Apply now_quer5x10We offer 5-day practitioner trainings on the following topics, held in English language. They are aimed at practitioners, who are active in the area of civil conflict transformation. They serve to deepen existing knowledge and are strongly tailored to the specific needs of the participants.


Next training series: 28.09.-13.11.2020 / 01.02.-19.03.2021 / 19.04.-07.05.2021 / 04.10.-19.11.2021

For all offers contact: Jakob Meyer  training(at)

The whole range of our Practitioner Trainings at a glance

Anti-Bias and Social Inclusion

Dates: 02.-06.11.2020 / 25.-29.10.2021

Participants are able
•    to reflect upon and express their own role in processes of exclusion and inclusion at personal, interpersonal and structural levels in a global context;
•    to critically reflect on the role of prejudices, power inequalities and ideologies in peace work and to begin to develop strategies to counter their negative effects;
•    to explain and build upon the anti-bias and social inclusion approach in their own work context.

Peace Work aims at establishing and nurturing inclusive societies that provide equal access to social, political and economic resources to all – irrespective of their ethnic origin, age, gender, physical or mental condition, religious background, sexual orientation, etc. The training introduces the concepts of Anti-Bias and Social Inclusion. It aims at strengthening respect for diversity and creating awareness for discrimination and social exclusion.
Participants will reflect how they themselves are involved and/or affected by the social/global power relations. They will learn how to initiate processes of prejudice awareness that motivate and equip individuals, groups and institutions to critically confront their discriminatory attitudes and actions, and thus develop sustainable empowering structures.

StrategisingStrategising Nonviolent Change For Social Movements

Date: 19.-23.10.2020 / 18.-22.10.2021


Participants are able

  • to apply selected tools for the analysis of the dynamics of nonviolent social conflict in their own contexts;
  • to think more strategically, i.e. formulating goals, steps and demands of nonviolent social movements;
  • to reflect and more systematically manage risks and opportunities.

From Gandhi to the ‘Arab Spring’, from the anti-nuclear movement to the struggle for... The training will offer a “guided tour” through cycles and dynamics of strategising processes in nonviolent movements. We will use a variety of practice-oriented analytical and strategic tools, with many application exercises on participants’ own case studies.

Coaching elements will be used to tailor the trainings to the needs and interests of the participants, so that they will leave with a practical toolkit for further action. Special emphasis will be given to not just develop grand plans, but to deal with chaos and risks, opportunities and repression, and how to build strategic alliances, in order to turn inevitable failures and shortcomings into long lasting success.

ManagingOrgChangeCommunication Skills 

Date:  01.-05.02.2021


Participants are able

  • to assess the strengths and weaknesses of communication;
  • to analyse and distinguish the layers of verbal and non-verbal communication;
  • to analyse the communication in a given situation and to react and act in a constructive manner;
  • to communicate using non-violent communication methods e.g. active listening, reflection and mediation.

Peace work without appropriate communication is impossible. Many phrases can stabilise or destabilise a situation. Successful peace processes are based on an appropriate and respectful communication. Participants will gain insights into selected methods and have the opportunity to apply these methods to their own communication and/or case studies. Key methods used are active listening, reflection, non-violent communication according to Marshall Rosenberg and the phases of mediation. Participants will assess the strengths and weaknesses of these methods in order to enrich their constructive communication.

The training is relevant for all who are involved in peace work and need to communicate constructively with respect and authenticity.

ProjektmanagemProject Management

Dates:  09.-13.11.2020 / 15.-19.03.2021 / 15.-19.11.2021


Participants are able
•    to assess the strengths and weaknesses of selected project management approaches and tools;
•    to select the relevant and appropriate tools for their project context;
•    to apply key elements of selected project management tools.

Peace work needs proper planning, monitoring and evaluation in order to be able to contribute positively towards conflict transformation. In this training we will deal with questions about effective ways to promote peace and respective tools are offered to find valid answers. These approaches and tools range from Outcome Mapping to „Do no harm“ and “Reflecting on Peace Practice”.
Participants will gain insights into selected tools and have the opportunity to apply these tools to their own projects and/or case studies. Participants will assess the strengths and weaknesses of these tools in order to choose and adapt the right tools for managing their peace projects.
The training is relevant for all who intend to engage in or are already in a position to coordinate peace projects.

SecurityManagemSecurity Management

Dates: 12.-16.10.2020 / 01.-05.03.2021

Participants are able
•    To apply a security management framework and so advance organizational security management
•    to apply selected risk and context analysis tools and develop security guidelines

Peace workers face threats not only because of where they work but also because of what type of work they do. This training aims at proactively managing security on an organizational level while touching aspects of personal security. Therefore coordination or management level staff of NGOs and others who are responsible for security of fieldworkers or activists will benefit most.
The training is structured alongside a security management framework that can also be used for advancing organizational security later on. We work with inputs, examples, exercises and small group work. The training also includes a crisis management simulation and smaller roleplays. The training will focus on creating policies, programmes and practices that make peace work and activism safer.

Trauma_StressCounselling in Trauma and Stress

Dates: 08.-12-11.2021

Participants are able
•    to assess the effects of traumatic events and adequate responses;
•    to reflect upon their own role as the counselling person;
•    to take care of their own needs as caregiver.

Understanding the emotional effects of conflicts and disasters on their victims and responding to the victims` needs are crucial capacities for peace workers and staff of NGOs working in conflict areas and disaster situations.
In this training you will get familiar with the emotional responses to traumatic events, effects of traumatic events on specific vulnerable groups and the social impacts of trauma. Further, the role of the counselling person and the work with victims will be explored and special attention is given to the needs of the caregiver.
This training course addresses staff of NGOs and peace workers who experience or need to assist in traumatic and stressful situations within their work.

Realising Gender Equity 

Date: 08.-12.03.2021

Participants are able
•    to understand the basic concept of gender sensitivity in civil society organisations and activists' movements;
•    to identify in which ways gender is relevant for themselves in their context;
•    to plan concrete steps for advancing a safer space and gender sensitive mainstreaming.

In this training, we will look at power differences from a gender perspective. Social norms are interacting with power issues and shape society's understanding of 'men' and 'women' and their 'appropriate' roles at work and in the public sphere. A more just society relies on gender-sensitive civil society organisations.
This training, therefore, will look at the relevance of 'gender' on an individual and organisational level. Together we will develop an organisation-specific plan for creating a momentum of change and a plan for transformation.

Introduction to Security

 Date: 01.-05.11.2021

Participants are able to
•    Analyse the ways in which they as individuals and their groups, movements or organisations respond to risk
•    Carry out an in-depth context analysis with a view to improving security practices
•    Create basic security plans and protocols for common or high-risk aspects of their work
•    Know and choose secure practices and tools according to their own situation and capacity

Activists and peace workers face many dangers in their work. This training combines physical, psychosocial and digital elements of security into an integrated approach to improve participants‘ abillity to think critically and act to improve the security of themselves, their communities, and families.
This training takes an approach which aims to redefine security in the context of peace work, reclaiming the concept from statist and militarist associations. Participants will understand and define 'security' for themselves in the context of their activism.
A special focus will be given to high risk activities like demonstrations, nonviolent actions, monitoring and documentation, but also to secure one‘s ways of communication.
Participants will learn to assess their own security situation and identify areas for improvement, as well as entry points to security strategies and plans for relevant aspects of their work.

Facilitation_and-Training_SkillsFacilitation and Training Skills

Date: 22.-26.02.2021

Participants are able
•    to assess their own strengths and weaknesses as a facilitator of trainings for adults;
•    to better design trainings that are based on key principles of adult learning and the concept of Action Learning.

Facilitation skills are essential for everyone who wants to work with people and support communication processes. Training is a very sophisticated form of communication and is aimed at facilitating learning.
Participants will gain an overview of learning theories, principles of adult learning and a selection of training concepts like Action Learning and Comfort Zones. Moreover, the design of this training will be critically reflected in order to assist participants in designing and conducting trainings themselves.

Additionally participants will get an opportunity to demonstrate their skills as a facilitator including a video recording for self-reflection and if requested with feedback from trainers.

digitalSecurityDigital Security

Date:  28.09.-02.10.2020 / 08.-12-02.2021

Participants are able to
•    Identify and respond to emerging risks to the sensitive information they manage in their work
•    Maintain and improve the basic security of their digital devices and accounts
•    In accordance with their necessities, understand and implement advanced tools to protect their data storage and communication

This training will create awareness and support capacity-building which is relevant to the digital security of the participants. Peace activists will be enabled to do the risk self-assessment related to their own information management. They will gain insights into personal and organisational strategies on digital security concerning computers, internet and mobile/smart phones.
Participants will learn about secure behaviours and tools to use for maintenance of devices, safer storage and recovery of sensitive information, and more secure communication.

Campaigning for Nonviolent Change

Date: 15.-19.02.2021


Participants are able

  • to facilitate the planning process of a nonviolent campaign in their own contexts;
  • to select creative forms of actions for successful and sustainable campaigns.

Successful nonviolent movements are not just reacting on their opponents, but use operational planning and develop campaigns to put their activists on the offensive.

The training will focus on the planning process for a nonviolent campaign: How to pick the right campaign and formulate demands? How can we plan and then handle dynamics of political campaigning? Can we find consensus for „nonviolent discipline“, and how to make everyone do the right thing at the right time? How to develop creative actions and create strong images? How should we communicate with authorities and opponents, and lead negotiations? How do we ensure sustainable change after the campaign is over?

The training is for activists, organisers and leaders as well as peacebuilders and trainers involved in nonviolent movements, who want to plan and coordinate successful nonviolent campaigns and/or facilitate others to do so.

Defending Human Rights

Date: 26.-30.10.2020 / 04.-08.10.2021


Participants are able

  • to gain an insights into the concept of human rights and an overview of selected international and regional human rights instruments;
  • to formulate their own standpoint on the universality of human rights;
  • to identify potential strategies for defending human rights in their own context.

Human rights matter for peace work in at least three different ways. The denial of human rights can be a cause for conflict. Violent conflict often goes along with gross human rights violations. And human rights can serve as a vision for a just and peaceful society in a post-conflict setting.

In this training we uncover the origin(s) of human rights, give an overview of the most important international and regional human rights standards and apply these to selected case studies of human rights violations. Furthermore we will discuss the universality of human rights from different perspectives.

We will share examples how human rights are effectively claimed and defended – and how human rights defenders need to and can be protected. The training is relevant for all who want to understand the concept of human rights in detail and for those who want to defend human rights or even protect human rights defenders.

ManagingOrgChangeManaging Teams and Organisations

Date:currently not scheduled


Participants are able

  • to identify and understand the way external conditions impact on internal processes and dynamics of an organization;
  • to strategise adequate organisational responses to changing environments.
  • to engage in and facilitate – where necessary – change processes within teams, departments or organisations as well as undertake initiatives for organisational strengthening;
  • to reflect their own role within the organisational context.

Nonviolent Conflict Transformation

Termin: 05.-09.10.2020 / 11.-15.10.2021

Participants are able

•   to understand the approach of nonviolent conflict transformation
•   to identify and understand the need for nonviolent action to confront injustices
•   to gain an overview of the wide range of nonviolent means
Peace work is often associated with “classic” peacemaking approaches like negotiations and mediation.
Such methods can lead to sustainable solutions and a de-escalation of conflict. However,
in order for them to be successful, there has to be a certain degree of power balance between
parties and awareness for the root causes of conflict.

Utilising the Media for Campaigning and Advocacy 

Date: currently not scheduled

Civil society organisations and movements often lack the public visibility they deserve. That’s why it is important for them to harness the potential of both the tra­ditional and the new media. This training will focus on how a good relationship with the media can be esta­blished and utilised to the benefit of campaigns and advocacy strategies.

Participants will learn the basic principles of journalistic writing and how to get their message across effectively and efficiently. This includes the drafting of press releases as well as conducting interviews and press conferences. Special emphasis will be put on the opportunities the social media offer for campaigns.

DealingPastDealing with the Past: Transitional Justice for Conflict Zones

Date: 03.-07.05.2021

Wars and/or absence of the civil rule of law lead to numerous injustices. These individual injustices are often degenerating into new patterns of violence seeking justification in the past. A vicious circle.

Dealing with the past in a constructive manner is at the core of peacebuilding. It is a precondition to reconciliation.

Defining guilt, responsibility, justice includes questions such as: Why trials, why punishments? Is there collective guilt/responsibility? How to deal with collective memory and opposed versions of truth and history? Which wars are justified? Who is a victim, what is victimisation? The training will offer insights into these processes in the Balkans but foremost seek for answers and foster requestioning.

Gender_sensitive_PlanningGender-sensitive Planning in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding

Date: currently not scheduled

Gender-sensitive analysis and planning skills are inevitable for designing and implementing projects that will support positive socio-political changes. In this new training course peace workers will discuss why and how gender matters in the context of conflict and peacebuilding; and consider deep-rooted notions of feminity, masculinity and power asymmetries in a society.

The training will be highly interactive and participatory, based on participants‘ own experiences from their diverse cultural backgrounds. Moreover, conflict-sensitive project management tools and their incorporation into participants’ own work practice will be part of the training. The training is especially designed for those who have experiences in peace work and see a demand for adding gender dimensions into their own work.