Dr. Nadi Towfigh offers various seminars, usually lasting one or two days, dealing with educational, psychological and intercultural topics. The duration and content of these courses can be tailored to specific situations and needs. The seminars are targeted towards mixed groups of professionals from different educational or psychological institutions, or towards established teams from a single organisation. They cover diverse topics and include practical exercises based on a strong theoretical foundation.
Regard man as a mine rich in gems …
Search for the hidden potential in each individual
The aim of this seminar is to discover and focus on the hidden resources and potentials in each individual. Aside from the general welfare, this journey of discovery brings joy to us all.
How can we
• discover the “good” in every person?
• reveal and promote the positive qualities of each individual?
• emphasise the power of encouragement over criticism?
• encourage the contribution of each individual towards improving his surroundings?
• empower team members by using a positive leadership style?
With whom, when, and how should I speak?
Communication and conflict resolution
This seminar deals with constructive communication styles and trains to use helpful conflict resolution skills.
How can we
• use constructive communication styles?
• deal with sensitive topics?
• schedule our communication – selecting the right place and time?
• find an adequate start and ending to each communication?
How can I understand better what you are trying to say?
Communicating empathetically with children
Communication with children can be demanding. In this seminar we explore different ways to communicate with children in a relaxed, sensitive, and understanding manner.
How can we
• sensitise ourselves to communicate better with each other?
• learn to actively listen, comprehend, and then decide on a suitable approach?
• improve verbal and nonverbal communication?
• set boundaries and resolve conflicts?
Diversity in the age of inclusion
While diversity enriches our world, it can also create challenges when people interact with each other. Why are some people excluded and others are not? What can we do to make our coexistence peaceful, unprejudiced and tolerant? How can we embrace our diversity and explore its positive potential for our everyday lives?
How can we
• avoid obvious and subtle forms of exclusion?
• stop racism?
• apply “inclusion” in our daily educational lives?
How to thrive in a group?
Does your team suffer from recurring tension between members? Do some feel ignored and others overworked? In this seminar for constructive teamwork we will discuss strategies for empowering individuals that will result in the whole team’s wellbeing and eventually improve work performance.
How can we
• cultivate techniques for empowering all team members to explore and develop their potential?
• create ways to build creative niches for individual team members?
• focus on individual strengths rather than on failings?
How to teach children to become world citizens?
Parents and teachers often face the challenge of sensitively introducing young children to different cultures and religions and showing them the bigger picture. A training for those who wish to introduce children to a vision of a peaceful world. The seminar offers
• Intercultural / interfaith education.
• Appreciation of cultural and religious diversity.
• Child friendly explanations of diverse cultures, religions, and their differences.
Cultural and religious diversity
How to deal with differences in culture and religion?
We live in the age of globalization, but what does that mean in practice? How can we build bridges between different cultures and religions? How to cope better with global diversity? How to better understand what appears, at first glance, so foreign and exotic?
• Empathetic and practical ways on how to bring about unity in diversity.
• Role plays for teaching diversity.
• Differentiating between religion and culture.
• Understanding the concept of prejudice.
Turning strangers into friends
How to build a society without borders
There are many newcomers arriving in Germany now. They have travelled a long and difficult road. They desire acceptance and belonging. We do not know their background or their language, and some of their ways may appear strange to us. We wish to integrate them but come across certain challenges. How can we become friends?
Communication without language
How to communicate with children and their parents without a common language?
We often meet newly arrived children, parents, and families who are yet unfamiliar to us. They speak different languages, have different customs and traditions, perhaps even different rules. We want to get to know each other by asking and answering questions but sometimes it is hard in the absence of a common language. What are the options when we need to communicate without a common language?
What is challenging about being different?
How can we work together so that diversity leads to mutual enrichment?
We are getting to know many new people. They have their own history, dreams, desires, as well as fears and anxieties. So do we. How can we grow together in such a way that diversity can be seen as beauty and mutual benefit rather than a burden?
Children’s laughter and tears
Children smile despite traumatic experiences
During their flight to safety, the children have encountered traumatic situations. Now they paint aircrafts, fires, bombs, and war pictures. They miss their homes, friends, and absent family members. Yet we hear them laughing and playing, and we can observe their pleasure in learning new things. We sense that these children are traumatised but feel helpless to intervene. What do these children need? Can we, and how should we, help them?
Understanding the concept of “same” and “different”
They have experienced war, poverty, flight, anxiety, and distress. They speak a different language and have a different religion. They are traumatized, sad, scared, lonely and worried. Are they different or are they like us? What separates us? And what do we have in common? How do we find a common ground in dealing with day to day differences? How can we familiarise children with this topic?