Working with Conflict


11-18 October 2015 , Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona-Spain

Understanding and Working with Conflict –Training of Trainers is a training course organised by UNOY Peacebuilders in cooperation with its member organisation Fundació Catalunya Voluntària. It is part of the Understanding and Working with Conflict Training Series, now on its 4th year. This year’s theme is Designing and Implementing Quality Trainings for Conflict Transformation. More information about the previous trainings can be found on

The main aim of the training is to provide trainers, multipliers and potential trainers with training and facilitation skills, with a specific focus on ensuring the quality of the learning process of an educational activity. In the training, we will look at diverse ways of organising a training by looking at appropriate methodologies, and when and how to use them best to maximise learning and creating high-quality learning processes.

The training will use experiential learning methods to facilitate learning focused on communication, inter and intra-personal skills. Key skills and competences of a facilitator and trainer will be presented and put into practice. The training will include an overview of communication and conflict theories and tools, constructive responses to conflict, principles and practice of non-formal learning methodologies, including training concepts related to comfort zones and conflict sensitivity. During the training, participants will get hands-on experience in conducting a training session in groups of 2-4. This practice session will include a video analysis followed by well structured self-reflection, debriefing and feedback sessions from the trainers and other participants. A co-learning environment will be ensured during the whole process.

The training of trainers seeks to build competences (knowledge, skills, attitude) of learners related to two very specific themes:

  • Conflict Transformation Tools: Conflict and change are a part of human life, and are continuously present in human relationships. Examples of interpersonal, inter-group and organisational conflicts will be used to give participants a deeper understanding of how their day to day interaction with others are entry points for constructive change, at the social, political or cultural level.
  • Quality Learning Process: This training is designed to empower participants, not just in designing and conducting trainings, but in being able to look at different dynamics that support a quality learning process. Mechanisms include understanding different learning styles; understanding different methodologies and how they are linked to address specific objectives of a session; coherence between program flow, objectives and methods used; and a focus on debriefing process. The participants of the training will have the possibility to contribute directly to a research report into quality in youth peace work with a focus on non-formal learning, created as a result of the organisational assessments focused on Monitoring, Learning and Evaluations within five European UNOY Peacebuilders member organiastions and UNOY itself.

The training course is divided into three phases:

Phase 1- Online Pre-Training  (September 1 – October 10 2015)

  • the online phase will consist of 6 full weeks of online modules and group work. It will prepare the participants for the face-to-face training, especially in the knowledge and theory-based aspects of the topic. The online phase will also serve as a platform for participants to familiarize themselves with each other, and team up in small groups and work together.

Phase 2 – Residential Training  (October 11-18 2015)

  • the residential or face-to-face training is a skills-based and learner-centered training that will include theory, reflection and  hands-on practice. It will run for 8 days, and is divided into three parts – 3 days will be dedicated to knowledge-review on peace and conflict and quality design of educational activities; 2 days will be dedicated to training and facilitation skills, and 3 days will be dedicated to training practice by the participants themselves. A transversal theme for these 8 days is the incorporation of inner/personal peace awareness among participants.

Phase 3- post-ToT evaluation and follow-up workshops ( October 20 – December 15 2015)

  • the last phase is for follow-up and multiplier events. Participants will continue with “peer-to-peer” mentoring and support system in this phase. As mentioned before, the training will also be linked to the research report into quality in youth peace work with a focus on non-formal learning. The final version of the report will be presented during the Young Peacebuilders Forum in The Hague, November 2015.


This ToT will give strong emphasis on training and facilitation skills, as well as quality of the learning process and therefore require participants with very specific profiles to ensure that the training can smoothly flow with the highest standard. Specific profiles for this ToT include the following:

  • young people between 18-30 years old
  • youth with
    • trainer profiles (have conducted trainings themselves, or sessions or workshops; and have the means and possibilities to conduct further trainings within their organisations)
    • multiplier profiles (youth who work with other young people and can give sessions or workshops to young people)
    • educator profiles (youth who work with students either through formal or non-formal education)
    • organisers of educational activities; including its MEL
  • youth who reside in one of the 47 Council of Europe member countries. To check whether you are eligible, kindly consult:
  • youth with basic to advance background in peacebuilding, peace education and conflict work (either through studies, trainings or other relevant experience)
  • youth who have initial experience or proven interest in designing and facilitating non-formal education trainings in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation
  • youth who have at least 1 planned multiplier workshop as part of the follow-up of the training
  • youth with good level of working English
  • youth who are able to participate in all three phases of the ToT
We encourage young people linked to UNOY member organisations to apply for the training course!

If you fit this profile and are interested in participating, please fill out this online Application Form. The deadline is 10 August 2015, but we encourage you to submit the application as soon as possible.


All costs during the course of the training will be covered by the organisers, as well as the majority of travel costs. A participation fee of €50 for all participants will be deducted from the final amount for reimbursement. The participants should be present for the entire training course.  Participants attending less than 80% of the sessions will not be reimbursed.

The following expenses will be covered by the organizers:

  • Visa fees
  • Local transportation costs to/from the airport
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and accommodation for the duration of the activity
  • Other ToT related costs (training material, travel costs during the workshop, etc.)
  • International travel costs will be reimbursed to participants as follows: 70 % will be reimbursed on the basis of the least expensive route between their place of residence and the town in which the course is held. Only the least expensive mean of transportation will be reimbursed (economy class, no taxi). Under 600km of distance participants are required to travel on land.

This training course is supported by a grant from European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.