Following the validation of the ARMOUR Experimental Labs in November-December 2019 and their adjustments to the practitioners’ realities, the project team is ready to officially launch them.

Our partner and WP3 ‘Experimental Labs’ Team Leader – MVNIA, has already announced the dates for facilitating the Experimental Labs for Romania:

30 January 2020, Conflict Resolution Lab

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.

31 January 2020, Proportionate Response Lab

The Proportionate Response Lab addresses the concept of proportionality. This laboratory develops twelve scenarios, inspired by real cases, in which the state acted in order to combat radicalization. Participants are asked to debate whether these actions were proportional or not and to provide reasons for their claims. Such exercises will not only improve participants' knowledge of the issue of state response, but also their critical reading and thinking skills, as well as their ability to speak in public. Several have shown that a perception of injustice represents one of the strongest factors driving radicalization. Considering the results of these studies and, in order to avoid radicalization, the proportionate response lab provides detailed guidelines to practitioners about what are the appropriate boundaries for state action.

13 February 2020, Critical Thinking Lab

The Critical Thinking Lab provides a framework, scenario, and detailed set of exercises and simulations to assist first line practitioners learn how to encourage the developing of critical thinking skills for children and youth. The aim is to subsequently equip children and youth with the capacity for self-guided, self-disciplined thinking, empowering them to think independently, to make sense of the world based on personal experience and observation, and to make critical well-informed decisions in the same way.

14 February 2020, Coaching and Parenting Lab

The Coaching and Parenting Lab provides a framework, scenario, and detailed set of exercises and simulations that can assist participants in experimenting with coaching and parenting strategies. The aim is to help first line practitioners (in their capacity as potential figures of authority and influence) to tailor parenting and coaching skills and strategies to help young people and/or their family members better understand triggers, behaviour, decisions and reactions, enabling them to prevent them from becoming an active part of the radicalization/polarization process.

26 February 2020, Anger Management Lab

The Anger Management Lab investigates how to better teach anger management as a form of psychoeducational intervention. It comprises a series of exercises that, if used in convergence, can help first line professionals working with young people vulnerable to radicalisation use anger management strategies and techniques to help divert them from violent a disruptive behaviour. The techniques described have been inspired by the work of coachers and therapists in teaching and promoting anger management.

27 February 2020, Debate and Simulation Lab

The Debate and Simulation Lab provides the curricula and actual content of the experimental lab dedicated to simulation and debate techniques applicable in interventions targeted at young individuals that are either vulnerable to or in the process of radicalisation. It targets the internalisation and further replication of practical, hands-on – strategies and personal skills desirable in debate which may equip individuals with necessary self-affirmation and self-expression skills, while fostering their critical thinking and resilience to underlying motives of radicalisation and allegiance to extreme ideologies.

28 February 2020, Narrative Therapy Lab

The Narrative Therapy Lab delivers a framework, scenario, and detailed set of exercises and simulations that can assist participants in understanding the role narratives play in our identity formation, the way they can spot dysfunctional or toxic narratives and, last but not least, the way in which they can use narratives in order to employ promising psychoeducational intervention practices in their professional daily routine. It comprises a series of exercises that, if used in convergence, can help first line professionals use narrative therapy strategies and techniques to help divert young people from a negative image of self and others. It also offers solutions to encourage in young people positive and empowering ways of self-expression and self-affirmation. The techniques described have been inspired by the work of therapists using narrative therapy in treatment of phobias, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia etc.

Stay tuned for the outcomes of the Labs!


If you need more information or you are interested to take part / implement one, drop us a line using the project Contact page.