By DPC Associate Trainer Linda Skogsby:
“Our focus in Sweden has been to educate young adults between 19-29 years old, who in their daily life meet our main target group - young people in destructive environments or at risk of getting there. Our courses have had mixed groups, from football coaches to an imam. All of them important players in young people's lives.
Between 2nd and 9th of November 2019, we held a training in Malmö, led by associate trainers Linda Skogsby and Sigrun Sigurdsson, as well as Colin Craig and Sarah Dolah, who brought the methodology to Sweden after her training. Many of the 16 participants live and work in urban and often tough environments. We went out to the countryside to focus, change perspective and reach out of our comfort zones, in order to really get the full 5-day training experience.
It became clear what a massive process the participants go through during these days. Our participants live in the reality of bombs on the streets, armed violence, and drugs. Therefore, their process becomes larger, longer and more intensive, and at the same time, these are the individuals that really need the skills that DPC provides.
Our participants were hand-picked because we know they can make a difference for other young people and for themselves. They already have many skills, but DPC is very complementary. If what we teach in DPC could be useful to them in any way, in their professions or in their everyday lives with young people, we have made a big difference.”
Fryshuset, a Swedish-based organisation promoting empowerment and inclusion of at-risk youth, has been working with DPC since 2018 and is a hub for the methodology in Sweden. So far, 90 people have been trained in the method, from Fryshuset employees to external partners and, most importantly, young people. Recently, DPC Founder Colin Craig and DPC Trainer Jim Hyde attended the Fryshuset Conflict Management Conference.