About us

We are a nationwide non-governmental organization uniting more than 200 people working in adult education and working for social change in Poland. Our office is in the capital city – Warsaw. The most important area of Association activity is training new trainers and developing qualifications of the professional ones.

The NGO Trainers’ Association delivers many activities in youth and adults education, especially in the training of trainers, educators and facilitators. Our experience in adult education is a result of many ToT courses, courses for facilitators and shorter workshops for experienced trainers that undergone about 1000 persons.

NGO Trainers’ Association actively works on the quality of the learning process in non-formal education. We’ve created and developed the system of certificates of quality in learning for trainers and educators acknowledged by many institutions in Poland and is shown as an example of innovation in non-formal education.

In recent years we have started activities focused on preparing trainers to work with special needs groups, which are at the risk of social exclusion like older people, blind/visually impaired people and people with low competencies.

We participate in international projects. We support sharing information and experiences in adult information, promote new trends, valuable sources of knowledge, ways and methods of coaching work, and modern technology in teaching adults. We are active in searching for innovations in training, education, development in Poland and abroad. We work with organizations, institutions, experts. We implement projects financed from external resources and training to order specific groups.

We inspire and develop talents in trainers and strengthen non-governmental organizations and other forms of social self-organization in the quality of educational processes.

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

We are currently participating in the following European projects under the Erasmus + Programme:

  1. Education by the way (Erasmus+ KA2 Adult education) – as a leader
  2. Eco-Active for Planet (Erasmus+ KA2 Adult education) – as a leader
  3. DiverPass – guidance for professionals to support migrant learners (Erasmus+ KA2 Adult education)
  4. Storytelling to Develop Civic Competences in Young People – StoryDeC (Erasmus+ KA2 Youth)
  5. Young Messengers of European Memory (Erasmus+ KA2 Youth)
  6. Volunteering creates Social Transformations (Erasmus+ KA2 Adult education)

Choose a course for yourself

The courses are conducted in English by our experienced trainers and supervisors, who have several years of practice working with adult learners.

Participants: trainers, educators, facilitators working with groups and adult learners in a non-formal context.

Courses in 2021 and 2022:

  1. Designing a long educational cycle (11-15 October 2021, 30 May – 3 June 2022)
  2. Difficult situations in trainers practice as an opportunity for growth and development (27 September – 1 October 2021, 19-23 September 2022)
  3. Active methods in adult learning (25-29 October 2021, 4-8 July 2022)

 

1. Designing a long educational cycle
11-15 October, 2021   |   30 May – 3 June, 2022

This course is an opportunity for NGO trainers, educators and facilitators who face the challenge of designing and developing an educational cycle for one group, which is more complex and longer than two meetings, each at least two days long (the group is working more than four days altogether).

Most of the trainers and facilitators participating in ToTs or trainers’ school learn how to design and prepare a training – a form taking from few hours up to a few days. In many cases and educational fields, one meeting is not enough. We need to designs an educational process that needs to have a form of a cycle consisting of more than one educational method (training, project group, one to one consultations, coaching etc.).

Trainers and educators participating in the course will have the opportunity to learn the specifics of a long educational process compared to single training. During the course, we will answer strategic questions: how to design a long educational process, what are specific needs of participants in a longer process, how often people should meet, what other forms of education should be designed, what are the specific challenges in longer process and how to deal with them, what kind of regulations should be developed, how to boost participants’ motivation, what kind of online tools and applications are useful and how to use them during the process. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and exchange their experiences and examples of good practice with other trainers and educators.

OUTCOMES

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • know how to design an effective educational cycle
  • know regulations and rules of work with the group in the educational cycle
  • understand different roles in the educational cycle: coordinator, supervisor, process assistant
  • analyze difficult group situations from different angles and perspectives
  • apply supervision methods and tools to support  individuals during the educational cycle

CONTENT

  • designing educational cycle, online tools and application useful in an educational cycle,
  • specific roles in the educational cycle – coordinator, supervisor, process assistant
  • regulations and rules to work with the group in the educational cycle,
  • managing and supporting the team of trainers in the educational cycle, communication within a team,
  • tools and methods for supporting individuals during the educational cycle: tutoring, consultations, supervision, individual action plan
  • group process in an educational cycle, typical difficult situations and challenges in the educational cycle,
  • team supervision as a tool in a longer process.

 

2. Difficult situations in trainers practice as an opportunity for growth and development
27 September – 1 October, 2021   |   19-23 September, 2022

This course is an opportunity for trainers, educators and facilitators to develop, analyze and better understand difficult situation connected with working with groups and use them as an opportunity for growth and professional development.

Supervision is an important tool for professionals working with groups, no matter the area of interests or specialization. Trainers and educators participating in the course will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of difficult situations and learn methods, tools and techniques for group supervision, peer to peer supervision, and a self-supervision (auto-evaluation).

We will use different approaches: cognitive-behavioural, systemic and interpersonal, and diverse methods helpful in trainers and facilitators development. We will focus on methods and tools that each trainer and educator can use after the training in everyday practice during the training. We do not expect participant to have any supervision experience nor certificate. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and exchange their experiences and examples of good practice with other trainers and educators.

OUTCOMES

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • know what is the supervision and how can it help in growth and professional development
  • understand different forms of supervision: peer to peer, auto-supervision, group supervision
  • analyze difficult group situations from different angels and perspectives
  • apply supervision methods and tools in everyday work

CONTENT

  • difficult situation or difficult participant/group – differences and consequences,
  • difficult situations analysis (what happened) and hypotheses (why it happened)
  • typical difficult situations in group work and how to deal with them,
  • tools and methods for self-supervision in a frame of cognitive-behavioral approach: self-talk, cognitive distortions and thinking patterns (ABC model),
  • peer to peer supervision: feedback and feedforward,
  • metaphor and drama techniques for group supervision,
  • dealing with trainers and group emotions during difficult situations,
  • group process and difficult situations,
  • working with group resistance to change,
  • supervision as a tool for professional and personal development.

 

3. Active methods in adult learning
25-29 October, 2021   |   4-8 July, 2022

Key theories in adult learning describe how adult learning differs from other educational activities and what needs to be taken into consideration when working with adults as opposed to children or youth.

Adult learners are equal to trainers in the learning process, bringing their own personal stories, experiences and expectations to any activity or training session.  The trainer should be aware that his/her role is not so much to provide relevant knowledge but to free the learners’ mind from the current thinking patterns and show them new possibilities. The role of a trainer is to give opportunities to adult participants to learn by acting and experiencing.

OBJECTIVES

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • know the principles of adult education and learning through experience,
  • know methods of working with adults, practical experience of selected techniques and reflection on their usefulness at work,
  • implement and adapt (also through significant modification) training techniques and methods to the needs of the groups with which the participants work,
  • exchange of experiences in an international group of adult education practitioners,
  • develop a critical approach to the methodology used so far through meta-level analysis and peer review.

CONTENT

  • trainer competences
  • how the human brain learns – Neuroscience
  • active methods in adults learning – David Kolb cycle, Malcolm Knowles rules
  • difficult situations during training
  • designing educational activities: goals, methods
  • feedback
  • tools and methods in adult learning (e.g. out of class learning, drama, peer learning)

Organizational information

COST

The cost includes the attendance of 5 days course, educational materials and coffee breaks — the price for the full course for one person: 350 euro.

PLACE

Warsaw, Poland

LANGUAGE

All courses are taught in English by our experienced trainers and supervisors, who have several years of practice working with adult learners. Language knowledge required at the communicative level.

REGISTRATION

 

CONTACT US

Coordinator of international activities: Anna Skocz

email: anna.skocz@stowarzyszeniestop.pl