Joint staff training

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Short-term joint staff training events


MAY 15 -19, 2017

Vienna (Austria)


In the framework of the Eramus+ Programme and of the Sapere Aude Project it has been envisaged the implementation of a Short term joint staff training event. Short term joint staff training events allow the participating organisations of the Sapere Aude Project to organise short training event for youth workers linked to the topic of the project.

In this regard, a “Train the Trainers” training was organized in May 15-19, 2017 in Vienna (Austria) . The training was organized by the Partner organization Therapeutische Gemeinschaften Österreich. The training used as a basis the contents developed in the intellectual output “Training handbook to Train Mentors” developed by the Sapere Aude Project partners and  containing training contents to train mentors in providing specific support to young people in residential care to improve their school success.

One or two representatives of each Sapere Aude partner organization participated in this 5 days training . The contents learnt would serve to train mentors back in their local organizations in order for them to participate in the 9 months mentoring pilots.


The training was divided in 4 sections


1.1. General structure, objectives and activities of the AUDE project
1.2. General characteristics of AUDE mentoring pilot project activity
1.3. Presentation of AUDE project partners


2.1. What is alternative care of children?
2.2. Key aspects of alternative care
2.3. UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children
2.4. General overview on pros and contrast of different alternative forms of care
2.5. Residential care as a type of alternative care for children
2.6. Basic characteristics of emotional and behavioural development of children in residential care
with a focus on children aged 12 – 17
2.7. Children in residential care and the framework of their relationships with others (biological family, youth workers, caregivers, teachers, peers)



3.1. Definition of mentoring in general and social mentoring in particular
3.2. Better chances through social mentoring for children/youth to deal with pressures and challenges
in everyday life
3.3. Better chances through social mentoring for children in residential care, considering their specificneeds
3.4. Purpose and responsibilities of social mentoring
3.5. The Role of a Mentor – what mentors are and what they are not
3.6. What a mentor does – expected and suggested activities for mentors
3.7. General aspects of stages in social mentoring relationship
3.8. Rules of communication in social mentoring process
3.9. Empowering aspect of social mentoring – solving problems versus giving advice
3.10. Mentor support – ways for supporting mentors in their mentoring effort
3.11. Good and bad practices – effective and ineffective mentors



4.1. Social mentoring for improving educational paths of children in residential care
4.2. Benefits for parties involved: children, mentors – volunteers, caregivers, teachers, schools and
the community
4.3. General aspects of social mentoring implemented in AUDE mentoring pilot project
4.4. Specific educational-oriented mentoring activities
4.5. Specific school-oriented mentoring activities
4.6. Means of providing support to mentors
4.7. Expected results in AUDE mentoring pilot project
4.8. Evaluation


The training was very well welcomed by all participants and proved very useful to train mentors at national level afterwards.

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Participants: Olaf Anguera (Fundacio Plataforma Educativa), Marta Garcia (Fundació Plataforma Educativa), Delphine Chaix (Parrains Par Mille), Anaïs Dassy (Parrains Par Mille),  Jadranka Lukin (Play Association), Hess Reinhard (Therapeutische Gemeinschaften Österreich), Olgica Cekic (Therapeutische Gemeinschaften Österreich), Hermann Radler (Therapeutische Gemeinschaften Österreich), Ljiljana Bahn(Therapeutische Gemeinschaften Österreich), Sonja Radler (Therapeutische Gemeinschaften Österreich), Sven Foltele (S & S gemeinnützige Gesellschaft für Soziales mbH), Philomena Karg (S & S gemeinnützige Gesellschaft für Soziales mbH)