Training and Education Opportunities

WORDE provides trainings and consultation for public and private agencies along with civil society actors to develop their capacity to address issues pertaining to public safety, with a core focus on preventing radicalization to violent extremism. Our trainers have robust experience working with public officials, law enforcement agencies, and community leaders that are involved in efforts to promote social cohesion,  community policing, and community-led initiatives for responding to acts of hate or targeted violence, along with improving direct services provisions for individuals who may be vulnerable to radicalization.

Training for Service Providers to Expand their Services to Address Violent Extremism Related Issues:

WORDE utilizes a broad approach to violence prevention. Our trainers highlight the importance of addressing cross-cultural potential risk factors that may include psychological, sociological, economic, ideological and/or political factors. WORDE’s experienced team of trainers and consultants draw from evidence-based research that rejects one-size-fits-all models and provide numerous case studies and practical applications that draw from years of direct service experience with diverse populations. Our trainings are intended for direct service providers (clinicians, case managers, positive youth development specialists, etc), programmatic staff, schools, government officials, law enforcement, community & faith based organizations and the wider community.

Prior trainings & presentations have included:

  • Cultural Considerations When Working with Trauma Survivors
    • Conference Keynote Address (Mar 2017)
  • Building Community with Muslim Youth
    • Conference Presentation (Oct 2016)
  • Bullying & Discrimination of Refugee Youth.
    • Online module, online (Sept 2016)
  • Preventing Violent Extremism through Education: Taking action
    • UNESCO International Conference (Sept 2016)

Cultural Competency Trainings

WORDE educates policymakers and law enforcement officials about the differences between mainstream Islamic ideologies, and radical ideologies promoted by violent extremists. Our programs are designed to not only facilitate US government efforts to identify credible Muslim partners, and engender mutual trust between the government and Muslim communities — but we also work alongside faith-based organizations to build their capacity to counter extremist narratives.

Choosing Muslim partners carefully is necessary to avoid empowering groups that propagate draconian and extreme interpretations of Islam. In many countries, violent and non-violent extremist groups have sophisticated public-relations campaigns which portray themselves as being “moderate” Muslims. In reality, many of these groups promote hatred and intolerance. They also support militant jihad and challenge existing political establishments by advocating for Sharia-based Islamic states based on their narrow interpretation of Islamic law. Careful examination of these groups will confirm that they will not serve US interests in the long-run.

Our workshops provide tools to identify partners that have consistently supported shared values. These values include religious freedom of all persons, non-violence in conflict resolution, and respect for the government’s rule of law and its ability to provide social justice. Across the world, millions of Muslims uphold these shared values and have the capacity to counter radical narratives, promote social cohesion, conduct development and humanitarian assistance work, and mediate peaceful conflict resolution. Our goal is to raise the public profile of these Muslim individuals and institutions.

Prior trainings and presentations have included training for the US State Department, US Agency for International Development, the US Department of Defense, FBI, local law enforcement agencies, community service providers, and non-profit organizations.

 

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