We are Noémie, Cécile and Elena! We are teacher-researchers in sociology, political science & international relations, and social science & economics at the ICP (Institut Catholique de Paris).
The world changes.
The climate, geopolitics, access to natural resources, growing poverty are topics that have become recurrent. The human being is at the heart of these upheavals, and yet, if we talk a lot about biodiversity, technologies, or the quest for new energies, we talk little about the displacement of populations, the emergence of conflicts in our territories or solidarity and relational richness within organizations.
At the ICP we seek to change this by providing professional training adapted to working professionals who want to give meaning to their career by seizing tools, techniques, knowledge and skills that will bring something positive to this world which growls.
But how can a lawyer, territorial agent, business manager, specialized educator, doctor, nurse, volunteer, etc., be part of this change in a professional setting?
Here are 3 examples of professions (and there would be many more!) to which the training provided at the ICP can give meaning on a daily basis.
Social impact measurement, for entrepreneurs, CSR managers and advisers to social enterprises
Professionals in the social and solidarity economy, CSR and social entrepreneurship need to assess and report on the social impact generated by their projects. In the same way, to create or become a company with a mission, the definition and the evaluation of the reason for being are essential.
There are different tools to assess the social utility and measure the impact of its organization.
In particular, the Action Research Group on the Evaluation of Social Utility (GREUS) has developed a methodology which is not limited to measuring the final effect produced on the people targeted (number of people employed, housed, fed , formed, etc.). It makes it possible to identify and qualify the particular way in which each project contributes to the common good and the general interest. It is not limited either to the choice of the most suitable evaluation reference system. On the contrary, it allows the construction of specific indicators to account for the social value specific to each project.
The proposed evaluation methodology is participatory and mobilizes all stakeholders around workshops led with collective intelligence tools. Detailed information on the method can be found on their website.
If these subjects interest you, we offer a university certificate "evaluating the social utility and measuring the social impact", a 5-day training course eligible for the CPF to accompany you in the implementation of the process of evaluation of your project.
Reception and support of migrants, for project managers in social action centres, specialized educators, or doctors in a priority neighbourhood: strengthening ethics at the heart of your missions
Specialized educators, doctors in priority neighborhoods as well as project managers in social action centers have skills specific to their profession, but they may need to complete their career with transversal skills linked to the reception and support of migrants.
Indeed, despite their initial training, they do not necessarily have the answers adapted to the problems they may face in their daily lives: situation of great precariousness, exploitation, discrimination, racism... The legal and administrative frameworks are sometimes complex. and change regularly, and the situations encountered require careful listening and support.
Finally, they are put in tension between their missions and their sense of ethics, and the migration policies that they have to implement or with which they have to negotiate constantly. This questions them about their professional posture: in a context of constraining and suspicious policies, how to keep law and ethics at the heart of their practice?
Concretely, the questions focus on what a dignified welcome means, on the transformations of the social action sector in the face of migrant populations, on the signs of mental disorder and on the different types of psychosocial intervention, on the role of society civil law in accommodation or in access to rights, on the functioning of immigration administrations, etc.
If you want to objectify your view and strengthen your capacity for action, to move towards a more united society, here is information on our university degree Social Action and Migrations which starts in January 2023 => until December at the rate of 6 sessions of 4 days over 12 months - 157 hours (including 30 digital), it's here:
I am a journalist, social worker, security guard, and I do not know how to manage the conflicts at the heart of which I may be confronted in my missions
My missions lead me to find myself immersed in the heart of tensions in situations or risk areas. And yet, I have not been trained in the techniques of conflict analysis, non-violent communication or the easing of tensions. And finally, in this fragmented world, I don't even know the key gestures of human security.
There are, however, civilians who intervene without arms in order to settle conflicts in the long term, who work in collectives such as Peace Brigades International, Nonviolent Peaceforce, Christian Peacemakers Teams, Search for Common Ground, Interpeace, HRO, Tous migrants! You see, more and more of them are training to support threatened people, take on the role of mediator and intervene wisely. They use their skills of observation and analysis, their listening and their empathy, and use mediation methods.
Practiced for 30 years in several regions of the world, the Civil Peace Intervention (ICP - not to be confused with the Catholic Institute of Paris eh?) is understood as the sending, at the request of local actors, of unarmed teams trained in conflict analysis, security issues, observation, local mediation and support.
The actors trained in civilian peace intervention can be very diverse and these methods adapt to local issues in our own territories! PKI is an alternative to military and humanitarian interventions. Actors who are equipped with this method are able to: Observe and testify to the situation on the ground, provide a deterrent presence, promote dialogue and reconciliation and strengthen the capacities of local civil society.
At the ICP, you are offered a unique educational experience of discovering civilian peacekeeping, your strengths and weaknesses in the face of conflicts, and experiences supervised by specialists and people in the field.
If you want to learn more about non-violent communication and contribute to the appeasement of conflicts with proven methods, with online modules to follow at your own pace accompanied by tutors, including two very interactive weeks, one in January (16 -January 20, 2023 online), and a final week of face-to-face simulations in June 2023? it's this way