Training and workshops
We understand our training services as preventative work, that is, as work that helps people become aware of racism and other forms of discrimination so that they themselves try not to discriminate or try to critically reform potentially discriminatory structures. Awareness training is intended to enable the participants to take on the challenges of everyday “multi-cultural” coexistence by helping them acquire and deepen their intercultural and social skills. We structurally anchor our training sessions in the client’s organisational context.
Our empowerment workshops are aimed at strengthening those affected by discrimination, in particular by racism.
Our approach to training
The substantive and methodical focus of our educational work is reflecting on one’s own position, socialization and actions. For this reason we work with an experience-oriented approach that is based on the idea that each individual is the expert for his or her own experience. Space is provided for critical reflection and exchange of these personal experiences in order to allow different perspectives to be represented, heard and respectfully considered and also to present different perspectives as such as a valuable element making up democracies. To allow for this, it is important for the trainer to create the conditions for an open learning atmosphere where the participants trust that their experiences and perspectives will be treated with respect and confidentiality. That means that everything that is shared during a training session is not communicated to people outside of the session.
In addition, the participants are given the opportunity to bring their own issues and interest into the process, contributing to the democratic participatory character of these trainings. The trainers bring many years of experience and expertise in the field of anti-discrimination to the discussion when dealing with these topics.
In order to ensure the high quality of our training services, we usually offer our training sessions with two trainers. We attach great importance to these two trainers having different gender identities and different social positions with regard to racism, in order to ensure that the trainers are able to consider and represent different social perspectives during the training. However, this may sometimes not be appropriate or possible depending on the topic, target group or specific time capacities.
Intercultural Competence and Awareness
The focus of our intercultural competence training sessions and continuing education lies in the individual skills in dealing with “differences” of any kind. Intercultural competence is an open, self-critical and respectful way of perceiving and dealing with difference in general and does not necessarily require concrete knowledge about specific cultures. Key aspects include self-reflection, the ability to change perspective, the development of empathy and the ability to calmly confront uncertainties about people and situations. Your own personal and professional repertoire should therefore be expanded by the development of alternative ways of understanding situations and reacting to them.
The content of our intercultural competence training and continuing education is not the teaching of specific cultural knowledge. This may be of great importance for certain target groups in some situations, for example, for the deployment of employees to certain countries. However, in order to avoid that these training sessions simply lead to the reproduction of useless stereotypes, it is advisable to first offer these trainees a space for self-reflection so that the participants can deal with culturally specific information carefully and critically. If such stereotypes are acted upon uncritically, these tend to lead to conflict escalation instead of de-escalation.
Our empowerment training sessions are designed for people affected by discrimination, in particular racism. They focus on reflecting upon internalised and consciously experienced discriminatory socialisation, structures and actions and upon strengthening oneself in dealing with them. These training sessions can generally be oriented towards racism and other discrimination or specifically focus on certain target groups or issues.
Coaching, professional consultation, moderation
In the field of supervision, moderation and professional consultation we support individuals, groups and organisations in the development of work structures and services that deal with diversity in an inclusive and sensitive manner. BDB offers its many own years of experience and expertise in the development of new creative solutions that are suitable and effective for the individual organisational context.