The Conflict Resolution Lab provides a framework, scenario, and detailed set of exercises and simulations dedicated to conflict resolution. These techniques are applicable in interventions targeted at young individuals that are either vulnerable to or in the process of radicalisation. It approaches conflict resolution as a form of psycho-educational intervention in which the teacher, counsellor, or any person of influence and legitimate authority for the target group can advise, promote and assist participants in internalizing the skills necessary for positive resolve of tensed situations and conflicts. This form of intervention creates the premises for behavioural change while offering a safe space to exercise new ways of handling tensed and conflicting situations and social interactions.
The first ARMOUR Conflict Resolution Lab was launched on the 30th January 2020 in Bucharest, Romania. The laboratory, hosted by “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy, was attended by 16 practitioners from various fields of interests such as teachers, youth workers, social services, specialist professionals working with youth as psychologists, law enforcement agencies and security professionals who tested,learned and experimented conflict resolution techniques.
The techniques were received with enthusiasm and practitioners agreed upon the fact that teaching adolescents to apply constructive conflict resolution techniques provides them the necessary toolkit in order to develop healthy conflict styles, thereby facilitating the bonding that is essential to the development of resilience to radicalization, social polarization, violent extremism and violent narratives.
You can find more details about the ARMOUR Experimental Labs planned to take place in Romania here.