Applications for this year’s course are closed. Next year’s applications open May 2021.
Be trained as a professional facilitator and gain the skills required for conflict transformation
Seeds of Peace is proud to announce its eighth annual Dialogue Facilitation and Conflict Transformation Course, a nine-month intensive training program that develops personal and professional abilities that can be valuable for many different careers and purposes.
The course uses a unique experiential learning methodology designed specifically for those living in conflict-affected communities. It will give you the skills to facilitate dialogue effectively in any number of settings—with your families, colleagues, and with groups in conflict both within and across borders.
Previous course graduates reported working for more than 50 projects and institutions in Palestine and Israel. Additionally, this is a rare opportunity to engage with a remarkable network of Palestinian and Israeli peers.
Location and Schedule: The course will be held in Jerusalem from October 2018 to May 2019, meeting approximately once every two weeks on Fridays and occasionally on a Saturday between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a total of 20 meetings and 140 classroom hours. Classes will be primarily held at the Seeds of Peace office in Jerusalem.
Course Content and Style: Key elements of the course include:
- Some theoretical reading in advance of classes and some written work between meetings. However, learning is largely experiential and includes peer facilitation with feedback and enrichment.
- Introduction to group work theory in general, and conflict based group work in particular.
- Systematic development of communication and facilitation skills, and introduction to a rich set of facilitation tools.
- Ongoing Palestinian-Israeli dialogue centering upon a renewed reality check, personal growth and empowerment. The dialogue based group work serves as a “laboratory” to develop and test the possibilities of building peace.
- The course is taught entirely in English.
Field Service: Practical experience facilitating dialogue outside of core sessions will enable you to translate your skills to real-world environments.
- Participants are required to voluntarily facilitate two local events held in 2019 or 2020, either uninational or binational, organized by Seeds of Peace in Palestine and/or Israel.
- Course graduates who have completed all requirements will have the opportunity to apply for a facilitator position for a month-long session at the Seeds of Peace Camp in the US during the summer of 2019 or 2020. It is our hope and expectation that all qualified participants will attend at least one session. Please be aware that, should you be chosen to facilitate at Camp, you will be expected to be free from other obligations during this period (July 2019 and/or July 2020). While you will be offered a modest stipend, this is viewed as part of the learning experience.
Participation is open to both Seeds of Peace alumni as well as those who have not previously participated in Seeds of Peace programs. Applicants must be:
- At least 22 years of age and able to communicate in English.
- Sincerely interested in developing facilitation skills and serving their community/country.
- Must be on time and attend at least 80 percent of classes in order to complete course.
- Able to commit to “field service” practicum through facilitation of two local uninational or binational events organized by Seeds of Peace.
- Able to facilitate at the Seeds of Peace Camp in the US during the summer of 2019 or 2020.
The actual cost of this Course to Seeds of Peace is approximately NIS 9,500 per participant. In keeping with our mission and commitment to this work, we have secured philanthropic support to cover a large percentage of the costs, allowing us to extend this opportunity to the most deserving candidates.
We are asking for a tuition fee of NIS 750—less than 10 percent of the actual cost. We are committed to ensuring that cost does not prevent qualified applicants from participating; scholarships will be made available based on need. Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from the course (though permits will be arranged for participants traveling from the West Bank). Travel stipends may be available if necessary.
Course participants receive:
- First-rate training and supervision.
- Professional skills valuable for a range of professional environments.
- Rare opportunities for practice in the field of dialogue facilitation and conflict transformation.
- Rare opportunity to meet Israelis/Palestinians and engage with them for better understanding between people and their personal and societal needs, hopes and visions.
- Certification as a trained facilitator following the completion of all course requirements.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for the 2018-2019 course are now closed. Applications for the 2019-2020 course will be posted here in May 2019.
For additional information on the Dialogue Facilitation and Conflict Transformation Course, please contact one of the following:
“I use what I learned in this Course nearly every day of my life.” —Israeli participant
“Taking this facilitation course with Seeds of Peace has helped me tremendously in my professional career. I now have the ability to get the best out of my colleagues while they feel comfortable and safe. With my facilitation skills I help my colleagues to accomplish more work in less time through eliminating misunderstandings that cause repetitive work. I believe the skills that I have learned at the facilitation course are long-life skills that I apply in my daily life with my friends and family and professional career.” —Palestinian participant