Detailed sessions

This manual’s training material is divided into learning blocks called ‘sessions’. These sessions constitute a cohesive curriculum as they are currently laid out in the manual.

Each session has a consistent structure, and is prefaced by a one-page overview, which sets out the timing, activities and objectives of the session, as well as general adaptation notes. This is followed by a description of each of the activities included in the session, including: format, summary, required materials, key explanation points and facilitation options and suggestions. The box below summarises the sessions by day.

Day one:

Introductions, Integrated Security, Challenges and Threats


Session 1: Opening

Session 2: Introductions and expectations

Session 3: Integrated Security:
The conceptual framework


Session 4:

Understanding and assessing challenges and threats in context:

  • Discussion of challenges currently experienced by human rights defenders.
  • Risk analysis, vulnerabilities and capacities.
  • Threholds of 'acceptable risk'.
  • The impact of challenges/threats on physical and psychological well-being.

Day Two:

Contextual Analysis, Developing Strategies, Staying Safe and Well


Session 5: Contextual analysis: a framework for understanding challenges.

Session 6: Developing sustainable strategies and tactics/understanding strategies.


Session 7:

Integrated wellness – strategies


Additional module

Day Three:

Reflections, Recommendations, Protection Options, Next Steps/Closing


Session 8: Reflections/workshop Summary

Session 9: Recommendations

  • Presentation of key recommendation themes.
  • Group work and presentation.


Session 10: International protection mechanisms (how to find protection support in times of crisis? Where are our allies?)

Session 11: Next steps

Session 12: Closing