Conflict Transformation in Practice: Dialogue & Mediation

Thematic Training for peace and conflict work

Dialogue & Facilitation
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Informationen zum Seminar

Goran Božičević

Goran Bozicevic

Trainer für Foundations of Peacebuilding und Third Party Intervention

   Registration Deadline

     25 February 2023

     Early Bird: When registering before 10 January 2023.

Who can register for this training?

The 5-day thematic training is offered to practitioners of peace and conflict work, those who intend to work in the field, and are interested learning more about the complexity and dilemmas in the field of dialogue and mediation.

Please be aware, that all costs for this training have to be paid by the participant (or their employer), including participation fees, costs for visa, travel expenses and accomodation. The Academy for Conflict Transformation is not able to grant scholarships or any other financial support.
Please make sure to clearly express your motivation and expectations for the training. Also, please share your experiences relevant to the topic. Otherwise your registration will not be processed.


  • Clarifiy one’s personal and (own organization’s) motivation for engaging in mediation and dialogue
  • Understand the values and basic concepts and elements in Dialogue and Mediation
  • Become familiar with and have practiced methods and tools for dialogue and mediation
  • Reflect on the role and expectations on a mediator/facilitator, personal competencies & one´s own ability & strengths in this

Discern the complexity of different contexts and have come up with personal methods for dealing with complexity and difficulties


Dialogue and mediation are two of the most common means of preventing violence and addressing conflicts in a constructive manner. This training shifts common perspective´s on dialogue and mediation, viewing them as more than just techniques or skills, and rather seeing them as an attitude or lifestyle. Therefore, the training will focus not only on the skills needed to facilitate dialogue processes and mediation but on the fundamental skills and knowledge to work in a diverse and multi-faceted field of peace and conflict. The strengthening of the participants’ sense of self, the awareness of one´s own patterns, attitudes, behaviors, biases, as well as needs and limits, are core issues to the course, not only through a theoretical input, but also through the continuous encouragement of self- and group reflection.

Key Topics

  • Clarifying and acknowledging one’s own personal (and organisational) motivation for Dialogue and Mediation
  • Getting to know and understand how parties in conflict may perceive outsiders
  • Ethics of an intervention
  • Understanding meaning and forms of: trust, threat, safe space, and social roles.
  • Understanding and becoming familiar with methods of facilitation, mediation, and dialogue.
  • Accepting difficulties as given & inevitable, and anticipating and dealing with them.
  • Understanding complexity of context and conflict levels, from personal to global.


  • Reflection on exercises and personal state of mind/emotions are vital part of learning.
  • “Power with” is shared in a group where trainers are not above participants, learning is experiential, focus is on participants rather than only on the topic.
  • Nonviolence is a basis of any intervention, and part of an approach where everyone is respected as human being.

  Further information

  Venue: Arbeitnehmer-Zentrum Königswinter (AZK), Johannes-Albers-Allee 3, Königswinter, Germany

  Price includes materials, lunch and coffee/tea

  Additional Costs: Costs for accommodation, additional meals and travel have to be additionally covered by the participants.

  This thematic training is part of our Full-time Course in Peace and Conflict Work. We have a few spots available for external participants.


Please register for this thematic training online via our website by 25 February 2023. We will then contact you for the next steps. Please note that the number of available spaces per training is limited, and registrations are reviewed on a rolling basis. Early registration is highly encouraged.

Visa: Participants from outside the EU will need a visa to enter Germany. We can generally support the visa process with a formal invitation letter from our side. Be advised that it takes a significant amount of time to get the visa processed, so be sure to start the process at the latest 6 weeks before the training start. Please make sure you are eligible and check the specific requirements and usual timeline for processing with your local German embassy. The responsibility for obtaining the visa lies with each of the participants themselves.

If you will need a visa to enter Germany, please send the contact persons (below) a notice through email and attach a scanned copy of your passport - we need this in case we would support you with an invitation letter.