Knowledge and Skills for Community Empowerment and Participation

This interdiac fOUR-month course starting could be the right choice for YOU, if you....

  • Are engaged in social, community or youth work as a paid worker or volunteer.
  • Have an interest to learn about methods leading to community empowerment and participation.
  • Would like to develop your knowledge and skills.

Course Content

The course will build on your experience of working with people and covers the following topics:

  • Understanding the personal basis of social, youth and diaconal work as a positive resource in the work we do.
  • Understanding of professional practice in community development and user participation.
  • Acquisition of methods in community development work & diaconia.
  • Acquisition of participatory and user research methods.
  • Learning about methods of conflict prevention and resolution.
  • Learning about personal professional development strategies.
  • Deepening understanding of the ethical basis of social, youth and diaconal work in practice.
  • Integrating the theological and biblical basis of social and youth work and diaconia and relevant spirituality.

The interdiac Learning Approach

The programme will use a participatory approach that will integrate:

  • Your own experience and practice with the development of new knowledge and skills.
  • Contact teaching in four workshops in an international group, which will normally be held in Český Těšín.
  • Practice based learning in-between the contact teaching.
  • On-line learning using the platform Fronter.

The curriculum has been designed by interdiac partners, especially for people working in Central and Eastern Europe.


The course is recognised as having 30 ECTS and students will be registered with the Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak), which is the largest University for social & youth work, diaconia and nursing in Finland.

Diak will provide a transcript of records of the study, according to the ECTS system, so the student who completes the course will receive a diploma from interdiac with the recognition of Diak. The students will join others who are enrolled in the double degree programme accredited by Diak and by Charles University, Prague.

Timetable for the Course

The Course starts on the 4th September 2017 and Contact teaching sessions, normally held in Český Těšín will be on the following dates:

September '17 October '17 November '17 January '18
4. 9. - 8. 9. 9. 10. - 13. 10. 27. 11. - 1. 12. 15. 1. - 18. 1.

In between each contact teaching session, course members will continue in their own work place or stay in Český Těšín (Czech republic) and follow a practice placement locally. The Course ends on the 11th January 2018.

Please Note:

You can also apply for a one-year course, which includes this semester and the following one which deals with community based management. You can find the course details in the invitation to study for the spring semester course 2018 on our web site. The application form for the one year course can be filled out here.

The participants in the one-semester programme will join the student group following the Double Degree Programme in Social Services – focus on Diaconia and Christian Social Practice.

Are you interested to join this course?

  • You are invited to click on and to fill out the application. The completed form will be sent automatically to the interdiac email address.

Closing date for Applications

The application form must be returned at the latest by the 31st May 2017. The results of the selection committee will be published by the 13th June 2017.

NOTE: If you want to apply for the one year course, the closing date is also by the 31st May 2017 and the results will be published by the by the 13th June 2017.  

Financial Matters

The study fee will be 40€ per Study unit plus the costs of accommodation in Český Těšín during contact teaching sessions and at other times if the student stays in the area. These costs are kept to a minimum.

Admitted students will have the possibility to apply for financial support to help cover travel and accommodation expenses. More detailed information can be found in the Guidelines for applying for financial support.

Language and Practicalities

The study programme is taught in English and therefore applicants should be able to follow the programme and produce assignments in English.

Please note that this course is ‘full time’ because it includes either an agreed practice placement specially organised locally or participants may continue in their own working place, in diaconal, social, community or youth work.

Contact for more details:

Ms. Barbora Zielinová
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Fixed: +420 558 764 336
Mobile: +420 731 685 672