Training


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Upcoming Training Courses given by EPLO Member Organisations

September 2020

Title Self-Care and Team-Care in Peace and Conflict Work 2020
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 1 September 2020 – 20 October 2020
Location online
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Many peace workers struggle to ‘make time’ for self-care in their daily lives. Such is the urgency and importance of the work that needs to be done, that most individuals and teams find it hard to navigate the boundaries of self-care, care for others and care for the whole. This webinar offers a theoretical and practical guide for integrating systems and practices of self-care on an embodied, day-to-day level. The content of this webinar is rooted on the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication (Dr. Marshall Rosenberg), Mindfulness (Dr. Mark Williams and Dr. Penny Penman) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as implemented by the British National Health Service (NHS), as well as on the personal and professional experience of the trainer, living in and working in the frontlines of armed conflict and humanitarian crisis.

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Title Peace and Human Rights Education 2020
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 7 September 2020 – 23 November 2020
Location online
Short

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This interactive online seminar explores the questions: How can education promote sustainable peace? What are human rights and how do they play a role in formal and informal educational systems? And, how can we assist educators integrate sustainable peace and human rights discourse into school and educational curriculums and how human rights can change the future of schooling?

We will look at a wide range of civil, political, economic and social rights and their expression in educational (formal and informal) curriculums and textbooks. We will explore human rights as a governing principle for dialogue and as a basic principle for living together, and focus on the place it finds in education as a means to working towards the materialization of the cosmopolitan ideals of justice and peace.

Making use of the tools available to us in the realm of online seminars, this project will mobilize students to dream, develop, design, write and produce an online video of virtual children’s book on a human right campaign, organization or activist from the past or present.

Content:

  • Creation of a Sustainable Peace and Human Rights book in a group project
  • Key terms: peace education, human rights, activism, advocacy.
  • Educational shape of civil and political rights, and intersection with human rights
  • Human rights as basis for dialogue and sustainable peace
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October 2020

Title Psychosocial Conflict Analysis
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 6-10 October 2020
Location online
Short

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Since conflict takes place between and within people, it is in those relationships that the potential for transformation can be found. Psychosocial conflict analysis is a reflection and evaluation tool that takes into account the surrounding context, social conditions, psychological health and individual wellbeing in order to obtain a more holistic understanding of conflict dynamics. It not only engages with the needs, feelings and state of mind of the people involved in a conflict, but also seeks to analyse how the way in which we, as third party, enter a conflict setting, affects the work we do and the quality of our peacebuilding efforts.

Participants will get to know all the steps of psychosocial conflict analysis as a tool and will get familiarized with the key psychosocial factors of conflict dynamics, starting from a very personal perspective. Their own experience and perspective is not only allowed, but also encouraged in the learning process. The methodology will be a combination of inputs, conversations, and participatory hands-on exercises.

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Title Systemic Conflict Analysis
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 6-10 October 2020
Location online
Short

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In the work of peacebuilding and conflict transformation, strategies are designed on the basis of the understanding of the situation. That is why a thorough and accurate conflict analysis is crucial for planning projects. This course introduces participants to the systemic approach of conflict analysis.

On the one hand, participants will obtain a solid foundation for the basic understanding of conflict dynamics and the visualization and synthesis of the most important issues at stake. On the other, they will familiarize themselves with systems thinking in an attempt to grasp the complexity and multi-layered nature of conflict settings. Actors, relationship, interests, needs, connectors and dividers are some of the key words around which the learnings will revolve.

Participants will be able to bring in their own experiences and case studies in order to apply the tools directly. Learning will thus take place in a participatory setting with a diversity of hands-on methodologies.

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Title Peace Psychology 2020
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 7 October – 25 November 2020
Location online
Short

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This course introduces the psychology of human violence—its roots, causes and effects on individuals, groups and societies—and the psychology underlying successful efforts to build cultures of peace in individuals, families, communities and societies. Each week is structured to explore certain key concepts/issues. Topics to be addressed include: psychological and psychosocial theories and research on the causes and effects of human aggression and violence; psychosocial approaches to violence prevention and recovery; and psychological foundations for building peace at the individual, group and international levels. The course will combine lectures, readings, critical discussion and reflection aimed at increasing understanding of these topics and their implications for practice in settings affected by conflict, violence and fragility.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • To increase understanding of the psychological causes and effects of human violence and aggression at the individual, group and international levels;
  • To increase understanding of the psychological bases of peace at the individual, group and international levels;
  • To strengthen awareness of how psychological principles and tools may be applied to prevent destructive conflict and construct peace in diverse contexts;
  • To strengthen awareness of what can be done following violence to promote healing and reconciliation, and to prevent the outbreak of new cycles of violence;
  • To apply psychosocial approaches aimed at strengthening peace dynamics in communities, institutions, and families;
  • To stimulate reflection on the links between one’s own developmental experiences, worldview, behaviour and agency to build peace;
  • To strengthen awareness of strategies for psychological self‐care and resilience.
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Title Conflict-sensitive project planning and implementation
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 12 October – 16 November 2020
Location online
Short

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Every project affects local peace and conflict dynamics in its own way. Starting from a conflict analysis, this seminar focuses on the identification, understanding and implementation of conflict-sensitivity tools for project planning. Participants undergo an in-depth exploration of the methods of Do No Harm, Outcome Mapping and Reflecting on Peace Practice.

Through a combination of participatory dynamics and methodological input, the group will be able to bring in their own case studies and tackle challenges from their own professional experience. In order to make the learning processes as enriching as possible, the group will be divided into a basic and an advanced seminar.

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Title Masculinities, Marginalisation, Militarism
Organiser swisspeace
15-30 October 2020
Location online
Short

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From academia to practical programming, gender has often been equated with “biological sex” and been used as a synonym for women. This undermines the real analytical and emancipatory potential of gender analysis. This course provides counterweight to this tendency, highlighting the role of masculinities in conflict and peacebuilding.

The deadline to apply is 31 August 2020.

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Title Constructive Third-party Intervention: Mediation, Negotiation and Dialogue
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 19 October – 23 October 2020
Location online
Short

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This seminar will address the values necessary for successful negotiation, mediation and dialogue processes. Participants will clarify terminology and concepts and take inventory of interpersonal, workplace and armed conflicts they have experienced. They will reflect on how to create a safe and conducive environment for peaceful conflict transformation as well as how to build and sustain trust and confidence in the process. Further analysis will cover crosscutting issues such as gender, youth and cultural influences as well as power imbalance.

Examples will be given of effective all-inclusive, multi-track processes and approaches that link Track One (top government or institutional level), Track Two (public leaders such as religious or civil society leaders) and Track Three (community and grassroots actors). Participants will share experiences, best practice and challenges faced when conducting dialogue processes at the community, national and/or regional (cross-border) levels including intergroup, multi-ethnic, religious-based and complex political conflict situations.

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Title Constructive Third-party Intervention: Roles, relationships and responsibilities in peace work
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 19 October – 23 October 2020
Location online
Short

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Peace workers face challenges on various levels of their working environment. This seminar addresses the challenges relating to partners and offers a range of tools that will help tackle them. The program will focus on the relationships within peace work in conflict and post-conflict areas at the grassroots and middle level. It will analyze the power structures within peacebuilding organizations as well as those with their partners and other actors. The seminar also explores the challenges facing relationships with the partners as individuals who are affected by traumas and struggles.

During the seminar, participants will discuss the tasks and responsibilities of a facilitator, consultant and adviser. Using non-formal exchange methods (e.g. small groups, experiential learning, interactive activities), they will reflect upon their own role in representative situations. We will examine scenarios to map out difficulties in engagements and co-operation and take a closer look at our personal experiences and successes while learning to balance and self-care.

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Title Effective Advising in Complex Contexts: Enabling sustainable peace
Organiser Interpeace
Date 20 October 2020 – 25 January 2021
Location online
Short

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The online global edition of Interpeace’s Effective Advising Course is a professional development course made up of eleven 2.5 hour sessions as well as self-guided and group exercises over a period of 3 months.

The course equips national and international experts/ advisors with new ways of approaching the complexity of their work – and do so more consciously and creatively. The course aim is to reinforce participants’ ability to identify and seize opportunities in their work that can contribute to enabling sustainable peace.

A team of three experienced facilitators guide 20 selected participants from around the world to take a step back from their day-to-day work environments and reflect on their roles and effectiveness as advisors.

Interpeace’s interactive and practice-oriented methodology provides a space for professionals to take a fresh look at advisory challenges and provides practical frameworks to support new ways of thinking.

The course is structured around three main learning pillars:

01. Advisory roles, functions and approaches
02. Advising in complex socio-political (peacebuilding) contexts
03. Individual attitudes and skills

Five core training modules structure the course: 1) Advisory roles, 2) Peacebuilding principles, 3) Interpersonal skills, 4) Advising in complex systems, and 5) Change processes.

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Title Creative Approaches to Conflict Transformation: Qualities and skills of facilitation
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 26 October – 30 October 2020
Location online
Short

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This course introduces different embodied and creative means of conflict transformation and, through their practice, trains participants in relational skills, qualities and competences as future facilitators.

Throughout the course, participants get to understand and train peace and conflict work as a comprehensive and relational practice that addresses not just the rational intellect, but potentially includes all parts of the human being. We will work with a range of different creative approaches. Emphasis will be placed on embodied practices of movement (theatre, dance) and dynamic breath as well as creative means of expression and reflection (journaling, painting, contemplation).

Working with group-dynamics and self-exploration participants directly experience the methods themselves and learn how to work with each other in the safe frame of a training setting. This will allow participants to identify their strengths and unfold their potential as current and future facilitators of learning processes.

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Title Creative Approaches to Conflict Transformation: Dance and movement in peacebuilding
Organiser ForumZFD
Date 26 October – 30 October 2020
Location online
Short

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This course explores creative methods for conflict transformation, with emphasis on embodiment and movement, combining theory and practice in a participatory dynamic. Participants will be introduced to different methods, incorporated in a carefully structured framework. The idea is to work hands-on and learn by doing, by observing one’s own transformation processes, sharing their personal and collective experiences and dialoguing with theories and authors of the field.

Different techniques are explored, including movement, theatre, music, and contemplative practices. Exploration of the dynamics of embodying and languaging (voicing and communicating transformation) are explored through painting, journaling and embodied writing. The course aims at providing a space where conflict workers can engage in transforming their own conflicts and tap into their own creativity, confidence, differences, commonalities, and power. Using these experiences as a learning resource, participants will further transfer this knowledge to understand the place and impact of creative approaches in the field of peacebuilding.

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November 2020

Title Strategic Dialogues in Peace Processes
Organiser swisspeace
Date 2-10 November 2020
Location online
Short

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Learn how to assess the use of dialogue in complex peace processes by gaining a thorough understanding of the opportunities, challenges and requirements of a strategic approach towards dialogue.

The deadline to apply is 31 August 2020.

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Title Religion, Peace & Conflict
Organiser swisspeace
Date November 2020 – August 2021
Location Basel, Switzerland
Short

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The media often reports about religiously motivated acts of violence. At the same time, throughout history, religions repeatedly contributed to peacebuilding. In the CAS Religion, Peace & Conflict you will reflect upon these ambivalences with experts from academia and practice, and look into concrete case studies and peacebuilding approaches relating to religion.

In this program you will:

  • Learn about concrete methods of conflict analysis and discuss which roles religiously motivated actors play in conflict contexts;
  • Get an overview of key terms and concepts regarding religion and explore ways in which religions can drive conflict and promote peace;
  • Study conflicts with a religious dimension through case studies and learn about different peacebuilding approaches to transform these conflicts;
  • Unpack contested notions such as „radicalization“ and „extremism”;
  • Exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.
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Title Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials
Organiser swisspeace
Date November 2020 – August 2021
Location Basel, Switzerland
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Civilian peacebuilding plays a crucial role in efforts to transform violent conflict, promote peace, rebuild war-torn societies and prevent the recurrence of violence. This postgraduate program provides a holistic understanding of civilian peacebuilding. It analyzes theories, concepts, debates, policies, and practices in the different fields of peacebuilding ranging from peace mediation, conflict transformation, the role of gender to dealing with the past. Additionally, you acquire skills and tools to apply in conflict situations.

The program can be studied in two versions and can be taken over one or two years at the University of Basel, Switzerland. The comprehensive version (24 course days) consists of an Introductory Module (2 days), a Thematic Module (five courses, 13 days), a Methodological Module (two courses, 6 days) an Applied Module (2 days) and a Concluding Module (1 day). The short version (18 course days) does not include the Methodological Module.

In this program you will:

  • get a comprehensive overview of different fields of civilian peacebuilding.
  • reflect critically on peacebuilding practices.
  • link latest findings from research and best practices to your work.
  • acquire practical peacebuilding skills and tools.
  • lay the foundation for your next career step.
  • exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.
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(forumZFD is a member of EPLO member organisation German Platform for Peaceful Conflict Management)

Upcoming Training Courses given by Non-EPLO Member Organisations

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