Practitioner Trainings

Practitioner Trainings

We offer 5-day practitioner trainings in English on the important topics related to civil nonviolent conflict transformation. The trainings are hands-on and are tailored to the specific needs of the participants. The participants are supported by experienced trainers and can not only deepen their knowledge but also share their own experiences. They empower and connect with each other.

Currently, we offer a series of seven practitioner trainings in February/March as well as in October/November, which can be booked individually or in combination. In April/May a shorter series with some more practitioner trainings takes place.

Seminar house of KURVE Wustrow in Wustrow (Wendland)

The participants are activists and staff of non-governmental organisations or initiatives, who promote nonviolence, peace and justice. They apply the acquired knowledge in their practical work and share it with others in their own contexts.

Topics and Dates

Dates: 

  • 25.-29.10.2021
  • 24.-28.10.2022

Objectives

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. 

Trainers

Cvetka Bovha

Prasad Reddy

Dates:

  • 02.-06.05.2022

Objectives
Participants are able

  • to apply the Do No Harm tool to a real project
  • to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Do No Harm approach in comparison with other tools they know
  • to integrate Do No Harm into existing project management procedures

We want to do good, but might do harm instead. How can we avoid doing harm? The Do No Harm approach was developed by many practitioners engaged in development work and humanitarian assistance to give an answer to this question. Nowadays it is used by many organisations, also particularly in peace and human rights work.

In this training the Do No Harm tool will first be presented by the trainers using a case study. Then participants will be supported in applying the tool to their own projects. In a confidential setting (based on Chatham House rules) the critical details of the project design will be identified and options for a conflict sensitive and effective re-design will be developed. The training is relevant for all who coordinate projects and intend to apply the Do No Harm tool to their own – which might be projects with a focus on peacebuilding, development or humanitarian assistance.

Trainers

Wolfgang Heinrich

Jochen Neumann

(Deutschsprachiges Seminar / In German Language Only)

Termine: 

  • 19.-23.04.2021
  • 16.-20.05.2022

Ziele
Die Teilnehmenden haben

  • sich mit der Vielfalt dessen auseinandergesetzt, was „Beratung“ bedeuten kann.
  • Haltungen und deren Ausdruck reflektiert, die für Beratungsrollen relevant sind, insbesondere für Beratung in sozialen Bewegungen und kultursensiblen Kontexten.
  • Methoden und Instrumente erlernt und geübt, die sie in Beratungstätigkeiten nutzen können.

Beratung kann in unterschiedlichen Arbeitszusammenhängen genutzt werden und bietet viele verschiedene Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten. In diesem Fachseminar beleuchten wir unterschiedliche Kontexte und Rollen, in denen Beratung flexibel eingesetzt werden kann sowie Beratungsmethodik und Phasen der Beratung in Einzel- und Gruppensettings. In der Beratungsmethodik beziehen wir uns insbesondere auf systemische Beratung, sowie achtsamkeitsbasierte Ansätze aus den kontextuellen Verhaltenswissenschaften (z.B. ACT).

In der KURVE Wustrow liegt uns eine kultur-, kontext- und konfliktsensible Beratung in sozialen Bewegungen und in anderen Kulturen am Herzen. Daher nimmt die Reflexion von Haltungen und der beraterischen Beziehung eine besondere Rolle ein. Wir schaffen außerdem Raum für die Auseinandersetzung mit der Frage, wie Berater*innen nicht nur für den beraterischen Prozess, sondern auch sich selbst sorgen können.

Trainer*innen

Thimna Bunte

Harald Weishaupt

Dates:

  • 15.-19.02.2021
  • 07.-11.03.2022

Objectives

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.

Trainers

Mai Ali

Thimna Bunte

Hilal Demir

Dates:

  • 01.-05.02.2021

Objectives

Participants are able to

  • assess the strengths and weaknesses of communication;
  • analyse and distinguish the layers of verbal and non-verbal communication:
  • analyse the communication in a given situation and to react and act in a constructive manner;
  • communicate using nonviolent 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, nonviolent 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.

Trainers

Dorothea Giesche von Rüden

Mehrangiz Maki

Dates:

  • 08.-12.11.2021
  • 10.-14.10.2022

Objectives

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.

Trainer

Ruth Mischnick

Anne Beer

Date:

  • 09.-13.05.2022

Objectives

Participants are able

  • to assess the strengths and weaknesses of selected processes of dealing with the past
  • to find their own answers to key questions related to dealing the past processes

Violent conflicts lead to numerous injustices and leave scars on a society. These injustices are often degenerating into new patterns of violence seeking justification in the past. A vicious circle.

Dealing with a violent past in a constructive manner is at the core of peacebuilding. It is a precondition to reconciliation. However, there are many different ways – ranging from impunity and general amnesty to national truths commissions and international courts of justice.

Such processes invoke questions such as: Why punishments, why amnesty? Is there collective guilt / responsibility? How to deal with collective memory and opposing versions of truth and history? Who is a victim, what is victimisation?

The trainers will offer insights into the processes they have been involved in. But foremost we will seek for answers and foster re-questioning.

Trainers

N.N.

Dates:

  • 04.-08.10.2021
  • 17.-21.10.2022

Objectives

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 can be protected.

The training is relevant for all who want to gain a better understanding of the concept of human rights and who want to defend human rights or protect human rights defenders.

Trainers

Daniel Ó Clunaigh

N.N.

Dates:

  • 08.-12.02.2021
  • 14.-18.02.2022

Objectives

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.

Trainers

Marianne Koch

Peter Steudtner

Date:

  • 22.-26.02.2021
  • 28.02.-04.03.2022

Objectives

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.

Trainers

Claudia Frank

Jochen Neumann

Date:

  • 01.-05.11.2021
  • 07.-11.11.2022

Objectives

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.

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.

Trainers

Marianne Koch

Peter Steudtner

Date: not scheduled at the moment

Objectives 

Participants are able

  • to understand how external conditions impact on internal dynamics of an organisation
  • to engage in and facilitate change processes within teams or organisations
  • to reflect their own role within the organisational context.

Organisations working in conflict zones are often faced with specific challenges like rapidly changing environments. Often they experience tensions between a strong obligation and commitment towards assisting communities in distress and on the other hand of complying with standards of professional organisations as also demanded by international donors.

The seminar introduces key concepts of organisational development and the facilitation of change processes in organisations or teams. Participants will be introduced to analytical and strategic tools as well as methods to support change processes like facilitating larger groups, group dynamics or phases in organisational development. The training addresses staff with internal advisory functions or who are involved in internal development processes.

Trainers

N.N.

Dates:

  • 11.-15.10.2021
  • 03.-07.10.2022

Objectives

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. To create such pre-conditions, nonviolent direct action can be a tool to raise awareness, mobilise people and confront injustice.

The training addresses people who are or want to become peace or movement workers. Participants will study the basic concepts of nonviolent conflict transformation based on Diana Francis, including definitions of violence and peace by Johan Galtung as well as means of nonviolent action as described by Gene Sharp and others.

Trainers

Jochen Neumann

Laura Weber

Dates:

  • 15.-19.03.2021
  • 15.-19.11.2021
  • 28.03.-01.04.2022
  • 14.-18.11.2022

Objectives 

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.

Trainers

Gesa Bent

Jochen Neumann

Dates:

  • 08.-12.03.2021
  • 21.-25.02.2022

Objectives

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.

Trainers

Activists from the Coalition of Women for Peace

Dates: 

  • 01.-05.03.2021
  • 14.-18.03.2022

Objectives

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.

Trainer

Tanya Spencer

Dates:

  • 18.-22.10.2021
  • 31.10.-04.11.2022

Objectives

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.

Trainers

Mai Ali

Thimna Bunte

Hilal Demir

Costs and Application

Fee

The course fee is

  • 1.500,– Euro for organisations
  • 1.000,– Euro for individuals
  • 750,– Euro reduced fee for individuals (upon request)

The course fee covers training material, vegetarian full board and lodging from Monday to Friday (dormitory style) in the seminar house of KURVE Wustrow.

If lack of funds is an obstacle to your participation, please let us know. Depending on availability of funds, we may be able to offer reductions on the participation fee or cover your travel expenses partially.

Application

Applications should reach us as early as possible. We provide the application form for the respective training series in due time on our website.

People in need of a visa and/or financial assistance should apply at least 14 weeks before the training starts.

All other should apply at least 6 weeks before the training starts.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept late or incomplete applications.

Please note

For people in need of visa, contact the German Embassy or Consulate as early as possible to find out the conditions for receiving a visa.

We will support you with an official invitation and cover the health insurance during your stay. All other documents must be produced by you.

Application Form for our Practitioner Trainings

Contact Persons

Jakob Meyer and Ambalika Wilhelm

pt [at] kurvewustrow [dot] org (pt(at)kurvewustrow.org)

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