Playing with Fire: Training for Those Working with Young People in Conflict Second Edition

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Aug 15, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 240 pages
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Playing with Fire is a structured manual and training programme to help youth and conflict practitioners work with young people caught up in conflict and violence. All aspects of conflict are covered, from the initial igniting spark to the roaring blaze. The manual includes ideas and session plans that can be adapted to the needs of a particular group. Sessions include exercises and activities that explore situations of conflict, develop skills to deal with them, and rehearse techniques for future use. The training section outlines how to deliver the programme, including how to use role-play and work constructively with conflict in the training room. This second edition includes new sessions on working with issues of identity and prejudice and working with wider community issues, as well as new exercises and activities. Appendices include alternative session plans and ideas on games and group work exercises. This is a valuable guide for youth practitioners and all those working with young people who face conflict or violence.

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Preparing the Ground
Ourselves and Our Communication
Immediate Responses andCoping Mechanisms
Powerlessness and Assertiveness
Anger Enemies and Awareness
Inequalities and Empowerment
Crisis Management Recovery and Reparation
Towards Community Action
Facilitating Change Conflict Growth
Games and GroupDiscussion Techniques
Example Programmesand Session Plans
Useful Websites andFurther Reading

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Fiona Macbeth is currently Teaching Fellow in Drama at the University of Exeter, and Nic Fine now lives in South Africa where he is the Director of Hearts of Men -- a programme working with young men at risk of violence and gang activity. They developed the first edition of Playing with Fire whilst working for Leap Confronting Conflict. Jo Broadwood is director of the Leap Academy of Youth and Conflict at Leap Confronting Conflict. She has considerable experience of youth and conflict work including the design and development of programmes for young people at risk and training programmes for practitioners. Carey Haslam and Nik Pitcher are both senior trainers at Leap and have many years of experience of designing and delivering youth and conflict programmes.

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