ACT | Acceptance Commitment Training

An education and counselling programme for school, youth welfare and youth social work

What is antisemitism? Which manifestations are relevant today? Who is affected? How important are one’s own attitudes, experiences and emotions in dealing with current antisemitism? Which basic principles, forms of work and methods have proven their worth? Which strategies for dealing with incidents are effective and recommendable? How can those who experience antisemitism be protected? And how do we intend to position ourselves on this topic as an educational institution and as a group?

Contemporary antisemitism occurs in various social spaces. Subtler manifestations overlap with open, even violent aggression against Jews; both manifest themselves particularly frequently in educational institutions. In Germany, the historical tradition of antisemitism creates a specific context for the educational work in this area. For years, the phenomenon of antisemitism has been treated exclusively in the context of historical mediation and is still not an object of pedagogical training. The increasing number of antisemitic incidents and the general increase in discrimination and violence against minorities at schools and other educational institutions present skilled workers with the challenge of responding competently and appropriately.

ACT helps pedagogical professionals::

- to perceive contemporary antisemitism from a Jewish perspective and to recognize its current relevance,
- to identify and reassess its current manifestations, taking into account their central mechanisms and functions as well as links to other collective attitudes of rejection and phenomena of group-focused enmity,
- to critically question their own attitudes to antisemitism,
- to practice and apply contemporary pedagogical approaches and teaching methods,
- to test and implement reaction and intervention possibilities (complaint management, dealing with conflicts and incidents, crisis intervention, counseling of affected persons, prevention, and network management)
- to receive peer support

The current ACT event series takes place in Berlin. It was made possible by the support of the Regional Centre for Civic Education (Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung) and is carried out in cooperation with the anti-discrimination officer of the Senate Administration and the RAA Berlin.

The complete ACT program comprises 3 two-day modules (a total of 6 training days), along with practical supervision and peer consulting as required.