Center for Transformative Education

FTC (working w/ groups in conflict)

In January 2009 we launched our first facilitation training course in partnership with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs’  Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) and the University of San Francisco. Offered on two separate campuses, in two distinct cities, New York City and San Francisco, this course was co-designed and supervised by Ahmad Hijazi, a pre-eminent facilitator for groups in conflict who is the Director of the acclaimed School for Peace in Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam, and Co-Senior Facilitators Ahmad Amara and Dror Post. This was the first time that a course utilizing the School for Peace's groundbreaking model of working with groups in conflict was offered in the United States. In January 2010 we offered a second Facilitation Training course at USF.

We are currently evaluating the 2009 and 2010 courses in an effort to replicate them at a number of universities around the US.

Facilitation Training Course Summary

The aim of this course is to qualify participants to work as facilitators of groups in conflict in top, middle, and grassroots level settings (i.e., Track One, Track Two, and Track Three). Using the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a case study, our comparative approach, which de-exceptionalizes conflicts in order to focus on larger patterns of social relations, allows participants to deepen their understanding of conflicts worldwide. Because the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most widely studied conflicts in the ‘western world,’ numerous different models of facilitation, intervention, and conflict resolution have emerged in Israel and Palestine and/or have been applied to it. As such, it is ideal for using to examine best and worst practices.

Students engage with both practical and theoretical models of working with groups in conflict. This give them the experience and knowledge to work with different groups in conflict as opposed to working with groups that deal exclusively with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In addition, this course is highly interactive, integrating three distinct components:

(1) experiential group process: an experiential-based experience in which participants go through the dynamic process of being part of and a participant in an actual group in conflict.

(2) theoretical knowledge: learning about various theoretical models of group facilitation, paying particular attention to models and challenges of working with participants involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

(3) practical training: preparation to to begin facilitating groups in conflict as practitioners.

The course encompasses more than 70 hours of in-class time and there are a maximum of 18 students in each course. All courses are co-taught by one Israeli and one Palestinian facilitator/educator.

Course Application

As of 2011 we are not accepting applications.

Course Tuition

This facilitation training course involves more than 70 hours of in-class time. Tuition costs include Course Reader and all other relevant fees. Course offered at Columbia University's Center for International Conflict Resolution, which does not include academic credit:

• Current Columbia University student - $1,500

• Columbia alumna/alumnus - $2,700

• All other students - $3,600 

Course offered at the University of San Francisco, which includes academic credit:

• Student receiving 4 academic credits - $4,720

• Student not requesting academic credit - $3,600

A limited number of scholarships are available. When applying please put this request in the body of the email. For more information contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.