NEW PEER-MEDIATION AND MENTAL HEALTH TRAININGS SET IN JANUARY 2021 IN MARIENFELDE REFUGEE SHELTER

We are preparing to go into the New Year with a set of peer-mediation workshops in the refugee shelter located in Marienfeld. Additionally, an exclusive mental health training session will take place as part of our M3NTAWARE initiative to integrate mental health awareness and support, as a big effort and part of our peace building in refugee shelters.

This will be our second time conducting the workshops in Marienfelde refugee shelter, since the summer of 2019, where 15 newly trained peer-mediators had established themselves in its mediation clinic (read more about our previous work here).

Many thanks for the cooperation with International Federation Berlin-Brandenburg gGmbH. More updates will follow on our website and social media.


Wir freuen uns über eine neue Reihe von Peer-Mediations-Workshops in der Flüchtlingsunterkunft in Marienfeld auf das neue Jahr.
Darüber hinaus wird im Rahmen unserer M3NTAWARE-Initiative eine exklusive Schulung zum Bewusstsein über die psychische Gesundheit stattfinden.


Es ist bereits das zweite Mal, dass wir die Workshops in Marienfelde durchführen können, seit im Sommer 2019 15 neu ausgebildete Peer-Mediatorinnen und Peer-Mediatoren ausgebildet wurden und erfolgreich praktiziert haben (mehr über unsere bisherige Arbeit erfahren Sie hier).
Vielen Dank für die Zusammenarbeit mit der IB Berlin-Brandenburg gGmbH. Weitere Updates folgen auf unserer Website und auf Social Media!

FIRST WORKSHOPS IN LOWER SAXONY ARE SET FOR THE NEW YEAR 2021

For the first time as R3SOLUTE we are expanding our workshops to Lower Saxony, Hannover! In cooperation with UFU (Unterstützerkreis Flüchtlingsunterkünfte Hannover e.V.) and the Johanniter Hannover Leine, we will be inviting people to join our complete set of conflict competency and peer-mediation workshops for the shelters operated by the Johanniter. We find that this is a special opportunity to have our methods and values for sustainable and empowerment-based peacebuilding being continued together with the new peer-mediators that will come out of our training. Together with UFU we have identified a site-specific network of mental health professionals called NTFN e.V., whom we will provide further information about to participants who are interested in learning more about their work. In addition to providing advice and referrals, the NTFN e.V. also offer therapeutic -individual and group sessions to help affected people in crisis situations. 

INFO-MEETING WITH R3SOLUTE AND THE NEW PEER-MEDIATORS AT SIN e.V WOMEN’S SHELTER

We had the opportunity to visit the women of the SIN e.V shelter who had completed their conflict competency and peer-mediation workshops earlier this summer. Our team was able to catch-up with the past participants and hear their experiences with using the new techniques in their everyday lives, that they were introduced to during our workshops. 

The women introduced themselves as peer mediators to the inhabitants of the shelters and told them about their roles moving forward! People were very welcoming of the new peer mediators.

Photographs were taken in order to create the official list of peer-mediators, who the residents can seek out in case they are experiencing disputes or who have questions surrounding conflict competency. The shelter’s management together with R3SOLUTE is in the process of establishing an office within the shelter that will function as a neutral space for disputes to be mediated. Aditionally, together with the first peer-mediators of SIN e.V women’s shelter we provided information about our workshops to other residents to see if they would be interested in attending further workshops in the nearest future.

We are really excited for the third official peer-mediation clinic in Berlin to start running its course and our team is looking forward to further maintaining the exchange together with the peer-mediators and provide them with further mentorship and support ahead.

MENTORING THE PEER MEDIATION CLINIC

The workshops are completed and today it was time to start mentoring the women in the SIN e.V. shelter to support them in the next steps. Together with administration and management, some of the new peer mediators discussed the best ways to offer their help to the other residents. The peer mediators suggested getting an office room and a badge to raise awareness in the community that they are there for them in case of conflicts. In addition, they are planning an info-meeting for the residents, where the peer mediators introduce themselves and their tasks. The women were all very committed and are looking forward to the work. 

Die Workshops sind geschafft und heute war es an der Zeit die Frauen in der SIN e.V Gesamtunterkunft zu besuchen, um das Mentoring zu beginnen und sie in ihren nächsten Schritten als Peer Mediatorinnen in der Unterkunft zu unterstützen. Gemeinsam mit der Heimleitung saßen die neuen Peer Mediatorinnen an einem Tisch und diskutierten über die besten Möglichkeiten ihrer Arbeit und wie sie die anderen Bewohnerinnen darauf aufmerksam machen können. Die Peer Mediatorinnen wünschten sich ein Büro sowie einen Ausweis, welcher den anderen zeigen soll, dass sie bei Konflikten für sie da sind. Die Heimleitung wird die Mediatorinnen bei Bedarf auch telefonisch kontaktieren. Außerdem soll es schon bald eine Infoveranstaltung für die Bewohnerinnen geben, wo sich die Peer Mediatorinnen samt ihrer Aufgaben vorstellen wollen. Die Frauen waren alle sehr engagiert und freuen sich auf die anstehende Arbeit.

R3SOLUTE MEDIATION CLINIC

On our last day of workshops, the group came together to reflect on the mediation exercises of the previous meetings. The women shared what they had learned and what they struggled with. Then, the five steps of a mediation were quickly revised and used for one last mediation role play. 

Lastly, the participants received their certificates and flyers with useful numbers and information in case they needed help with their mental well-being. 

This concludes an incredibly insightful workshop with the lovely group of women of the SIN e.V shelter.

To learn more about our programs, click the link to read more about the content of our workshops: Link to R3SOLUTE Programmes. Follow our social media and visit our website to stay updated on the latest developments of R3solute’s work.

R3SOLUTE PEER-MEDIATION WORKSHOP I

The women of the SIN e.V shelter have completed part 3 of the Peer-Mediation workshop. The session was facilitated by Helen Winter, Muhamad Naanaa, Judith Huber, Felix Klapprott, and Julie Gabrielsen. As a warm-up for the day, the participants engaged in a Power-Posing exercise, in order to reflect on what kind of effects our postures can do with our emotional state of being. The warm-up was followed by a thorough walkthrough of the 5 stages of mediation. Participants go to share their associations and past experiences surrounding the topics. The 5 stages of mediation sealed down numerous topics that have been brought up in past Conflict Competency workshops; such as culture, prejudice, paraphrasing, asking open-ended questions, power structures, and others. The women had the opportunity to practice each stage of mediation by role-playing a fictional conflict situation provided to them. Many fruitful and critical points were brought up and the session was rounded up with a group debrief.

The second part of the day focused around mental health awareness, Psychologist Felix Klapprott addressed the steps one can take to help another person receive mental health support. Felix explained the process of how a therapy session would look like and explored a case-study together with the participants. The session was finished off by providing the participants with contact details and information on mental health resources available to them in Berlin.

To learn more about our programs, click the link to read more about the content of our workshops: Link to R3SOLUTE Programmes. Follow our social media and visit our website to stay updated on the latest developments of R3SOLUTE’s work.

R3SOLUTE CONFLICT COMPETENCY WORKSHOP II

The second day of our Conflict Competency Workshop continued with the women from the SIN e.V. shelter learning mediation techniques and practicing peer mediation with each other.

The women explored the power of listening and empathy, and learnt how to positively reframe discussions and diffuse tensions. After practicing these different techniques, the women had the chance to do a peer mediation role play with each other and put these skills into effective action.

The peer mediation was followed by a M3AWARE session with discussions and exercises on mental health led by Dr. Felix. Klapprott. The participants shared their own understanding of mental health and how it can exacerbate conflict, and also discussed the ways to help others who might be struggling with mental health issues. 

As always, everybody had insights to share from their own experiences and contributed to another great session!

To learn more about our programmes, click the link to read more about the content of our workshops: Link to R3SOLUTE Programmes. Follow our social media and visit our website to stay updated on the latest developments of R3solute’s work.

R3SOLUTE CONFLICT COMPETENCY WORKSHOP I

In this session, the women of the SIN e.V shelter came together once again to first start off discussion on the topics of conflict and culture. 

The women shared their experiences around this with their group members.

This topic was complemented by a small role play case in which Julie Gabrielsen performed ways of introductions in different cultures to the women in one group and mediator Helen Winter and Muhamad Naanaa in the other. The participants then analyzed what they saw. Interestingly again, the differences in culture led to various interpretations of their introductions which resulted in positive lively debates within the participants. 

Based off of this exercise the women discussed what is custom within their own cultures. This as many of the other exercises of the day led them to discussions around their experiences with German culture but also the culture of others they live with, as well as prejudices. 

Lastly the workshop ended with a small introduction into M3NTAWARE by M.D. Sebastian Winter. The topics around stress and the flight or fight response were introduced and supplemented by a role play by the women.

To learn more about our programs, click the link to read more about the content of our workshops: Link to R3SOLUTE Programmes. Follow our social media and visit our website to stay updated on the latest developments of R3SOLUTE’s work.

R3SOLUTE’S INFO & STORY SHARING SESSION AT WOMEN’S SHELTER

 

Our first community workshop has begun with women from the SIN e.V. shelter getting to know each other through a story sharing session. It was an encouraging start, with everybody engaged and ready to share. In this first session Intercultural Mediator Helen Winter and Doctor Sebastian Winter explained the purpose of the workshops to the participants and also facilitated an open environment for participants to share with one another. The participants were refugee women from a variety of backgrounds, speaking German, French, Arabic and English. They spoke about their experiences living in the shelter and some of the struggles and challenges that they are facing and what they were hoping to learn. We are really looking forward to working with and learning from these women over the next few weeks.

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To learn more about our programmes, click the link to read more about the content of our workshops: Link to R3SOLUTE Programmes. Follow our social media and visit out website to stay updated on the latest developments of R3solute’s work.

R3SOLUTE WORKSHOPS ARE RESUMING VERY SOON!

We are very excited to share the news about our workshops returning at the end of June! Seeing as we find the inclusion and support of women of high importance, the first community we are resuming our work with is a women’s refugee shelter operated by SIN e.V. It will be a full set of workshops starting with a day of Story-Sharing, then further proceeding with Conflict Competency workshops and ending with Peer-Mediation training. To learn more about what each set of programmes entails, click this link to read more about the contents of our classes: Link to R3SOLUTE Programmes. Follow our social media and visit our website to stay updated on the latest developments of R3SOLUTE’s work.

Schedule for the Workshops: 

FRI 26.6. 17:00 – 18:00, Story Sharing and Info-Session with registrations

THUR 2.7. 17:00 – 19:00/20:00, Conflict competency I

FRI 3.7. 17:00 – 19:00/20:00, Conflict competency II

SAT 4.7. 10:00 – 17:00, Peer-Mediation I

TUE 7.7. 17:00 – 19:00/20:00 Peer-Mediation II