IPT Master Class on Conflict Transformation

During this master class, participants get acquainted with the underlying philosophical approaches, theoretical concepts and practical tools for facilitating conflict transformation in complex constellations. Participants will develop skills, and practice a facilitator’s attitude to apply their knowledge in different settings
(eg. as inside mediators, as third party, or when working with potential veto groups) and at different societal levels.

Scheduled Course

IPT Master Class on Conflict Transformation: 10 – 20 November 2019

Course Methodologies
Our faculty uses innovative teaching techniques that foster personal and professional growth, cross-cultural exchange and sound theoretical understanding as well as practical skills and experience. This includes:

  • Expert inputs and exchange with our course faculty
  • Practical exercises in which knowledge and skills will be contextualised and related to one’s own environment
  • Cross-cultural exchange amongst participants encouraging sharing of best practices, lessons learned and strategies to respond to challenges and opportunities in the field
  • Techniques that foster self- and collective-care and awareness

What to expect

  • Understand the difference between concepts, such as conflict management, conflict resolution, conflict transformation, dialogue, mediation, negotiation, facilitation
  • Learn to apply tools for complex conflict analysis (actors mapping, structural power analysis, analysis of cultural meanings, needs analysis)
  • Develop key competencies on how to promote, support and guide reflective ‚deep dialogue‘ processes
  • Acquire strategies on how to deal with dynamics of exclusion and stigmatisation, as well as power asymmetries in conflict constellations
  • Gain soft skills which allow for self-care, reflection and awareness on one’s own conflict behaviour and to engage with conflicts as opportunities for change, rather than destruction

Who should attend

  • Professionals working in fragile contexts
  • Educators, social workers, community workers and others operating in contexts affected by conflicts and violence
  • Practitioners and academics who wish to reflect and expand on their experience, insights and skills in an international and interdisciplinary group-setting

Please note that the core methodologies for our IPT-Programme are based on a combination of critical pedagogy, on lectures, cross-cultural group work, individual and shared reflection.

Course Faculty
Gudrun Kramer is the director of the ASPR and board member of the Herbert C. Kelman Institute and OSCE Academy in Bishkek. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of conflict transformation gained through her work in different conflict zones, such as South Caucasus, Central Asia, South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. From 2010-2017 she joined GIZ as Head of Programs related to 'Supporting Palestinian Refugees', and, amongst others, has delivered lectures and trainings at various universities in Austria, at the OSCE Academy in Kyrgyzstan, the Université de Paris Sud and more. 

Wilfried Graf is co-founder and executive director of the Institute for Integrative Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Vienna (IICP), today Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation (HKI), with associates in Vienna, Jerusalem and Ramallah. He has been working as advisor, trainer and senior research fellow in conflict regions and post-conflict societies, particularly the Balkans, South Caucasus, Central Asia and Sri Lanka. Today his work focuses primarily on Israel/Palestine.

Julia Scharinger manages the ‚International Civilian Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Training Programme‘. She has been accompanying individuals, families, communities and organisations invested in dealing with the past, gender- and social justice as well as creative peacebuilding-processes primarily in Southeast- and South Asia, as well as Austria. Her work and curiosity is underpinned by the exploration of individual and collective narratives that invite experiences of peace, agency and connection in one’s life.

What other participants say

  • I really liked the human basic needs-approach to conflict transformation. I do truly believe that if we work on the human basic needs level, we can foster positive change. All of us are just humans, after all.
  • This was a very powerful exercise. At first, I was a bit hesitant what this exercise might entail, but after embracing it you could truly learn from it and reflect on your own decisions and the implications of your perspective and how they can narrow your view if you are not aware of it. It sharpened my awareness.
  • I received knowledge, understood my skills, learned cases from the other participants. I think I will do some analysis based on the Conflict Transformation model for my field and discuss it with my colleagues.

Please note that the attendance of a Core Course  is pre-requisite to participate in this Master Class. Excemptions can only be made on individual bases with proof of attendance of similar courses and/or relevant professional and academic experience.

Course Fees: EUR 1.658,00
Self-funded candidates and partial scholarship-applications for people from DAC-receiving countries can still be considered on a rolling basis!

For being able to take your application into consideration we would need a filled in ONLINE application form plus supporting documents for our admission board:

The following link leads you to our online application form for our IPT Courses 2019 is:


To complete the application, you will be asked to upload:

-  Your Curriculum Vitae

-   A recent photograph

-   A scan of the data page of your passport

Please upload these documents in one file - the file name should be your "family name, first name".






IPT Core Course

The ENTRi certified CORE COURSE comprises theoretical inputs and practical exercises tailored to the realities in the field. All modules enhance interpersonal skills, highlight the importance of active involvement in the host society, and promote a reflective and critical approach. Junior professionals benefit particularly as they get the opportunity to reflect on their own mission readiness and motivation.

Please note that the attendance of this course is a requirement to attend our master classes and specialisation courses! This requirement may only be waved on individual basis and consideration of similar related experience!

Scheduled Course

IPT Core Course: 27 Oktober – 8 November 2019
Application Deadline (Scholarships): 26 Juli 2019Applications of qualified, self-financed candidates can be considered after this deadline.

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