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15-16 March: More than words - Creative methods for working with groups

Workshop with Henk Goebel

forumZFD is inviting participants to the workshop "More than words - creative methods for working with groups". It will include practical learning of creative tools for facilitation and communication, aimed at opening and deepening discussions and work-processes. These tools and methods can be applied in a range of settings and enhance understanding of group processes, team-building, methods of communication and evaluation, as well as personal development.

Group discussion, participants taking notes
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Context

Communication and group dynamics form an integral part of the daily work conflict transformation in general and in the project of forumZFD and its partners. The ability to constructively communicate, give and receive feedback, facilitate personal development and improve group, and work-processes is of outmost importance. In particular, considering the diverse social settings we  operate in. Such abilities have to be context-sensitive and adaptable. Given this multi-facetted and sometimes sensitive working environment, having a wide range of communication tools is beneficial for enabling non-violent conflict transformation. 

Our approach

Through giving a workshop on creative methods of communication, we offer an opportunity for individuals who are interested in learning more about how to interact with others. These methods can be applied in a wide range of settings and facilitate improved group-dynamics, in professional as well as personal life.

What we do

One cannot not communicate – Paul Watzlawik

We communicate not only with spoken or written words. Communication is more than words; it is also body language or the tone of voice. In arts different sources of communication are being used, e.g. painting, playing or writing poems. And often one understands a picture, photography or a play without words. To work with tools and methods which have their roots in art and creative work, enables wider and deeper processes when working with groups or individuals. It helps the participants to be more aware of a wider variety of possibilities of human interaction and supports the participants to develop their own (not only) professional personality. In this workshop, Henk Goebel will include practical learning of such tools. He is a German actor, social worker and drama therapist and has previously worked with creative methods, as well as Playback Theater, as a means of dealing with and understanding trauma.

In this workshop we will include practical learning of creative tools for facilitation and communication, aimed at opening and deepening discussions and work-processes. These tools and methods can be applied in a range of settings and enhance understanding of group processes, methods of communication and evaluation, team-building, and personal development. We will also work with the Bruce Tuckman group-phases model. This model helps to understand and to work with processes of group dynamics. The workshop includes a detailed description of all used methods and their purposes- first in English, later on in Arabic.

Our aim

If professionals have a better understanding of and knowledge about tools and methods with creative elements, they have a wider variety of ways to deal with the challenges while working with groups in general, and in the field of conflict transformation in particular. It's difficult or maybe impossible, to describe and transform conflicts only by words. A lot of creativity and devotion is needed in order to develop confidence that conflicts can be changed in a positive and constructive way.

If you are interested in taking part in the workshop, please sign up via this form. We will contact the selected beneficiaries on 8 March.

 

 

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