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Youth Counselling Training 2016

In the context of the socioMovens Youth Counselling Training 2016, more than 35 committed project coordinators and tutors from Central and Eastern Europe gathered at the Fazenda Gut Neuhof from 10th till 15th July 2016. There, they deepened their knowledge about and experiences in the socioMovens youth work and developed new ideas for further projects.


During the seminar the participants from eight countries learned, deepened and discussed experiential education exercises, the usage of the sports4peace dice, the spiritual framework as well as the organisational management of sociomovens youth projects. Moreover, they were provided with and introduced to a multiplicity of methods and manuals for their further youth counselling.

The participants could additionally present their own experiences in organising a youth social project week and / or in counselling and accompanying regional youth groups. Based on these reports, an exchange of the insights helped to give mutual advice and guidance by best practice examples.

In order to understand the juveniles‘ (group dynamic) experiences during a project week, the counselling training was structurally geared to the characteristic elements of the socioMovens youth work. Accordingly, every morning started with a shared motto and impulse – which was developed by the participants -, every session began with a warm-up, and every day was finished by a reflection. Furthermore, the participants attended the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. There, a lecture of the former member of German Parliament, Erich G. Fritz, introduced them into the historical as well as recent developments and challenges within Europe. In addition, they visited the Leonardo da Vinci Campus in Nauen (Brandenburg).

The social institute Kommende Dortmund organised the seminar in cooperation with our association Verein socioMovens e.V.  The training was sponsored by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft katholisch-sozialer Bildungswerke (AKSB), Bonn, by financial means of the Federal Government’s Child and Youth Plan und by the solidarity initiative Renovabis.