Communities and Crisis – Inclusive Development through Sport

18-23 October 2013

Rheinsberg, Germany.


From 18 to 23 October 2013, ICSSPE will host the 6th edition of “Communities and Crisis – Inclusive Development through Sport“ in Rheinsberg, Germany. “Communities and Crisis” was first initiated in 2007. Since then, more than 300 participants from all over the world have taken part in this seminar. “Communities and Crisis” provides participants with unique insights into the use of sport and physical activity for inclusive community building, particularly in areas recently affected by crises. These crises include natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or tornadoes, as well as man-made crises like civil wars and vulnerable communities.


Sport, play and physical activity are integral parts to the community rebuilding process. Careful design and implementation of these programmes under consideration of cultural diversity, gender and inclusion of all age groups is critical to ensuring positive development and avoid potentially harmful psychological effects.


Through this programme, participants learn to use sport as positive means of physiological and psychological rehabilitation, both through practical, hands-on workshops as well as through theoretical learning sessions. It emphasises the importance of cultural sensitivity and the implementation of appropriate monitoring and evaluation techniques.


The seminar will provide experiential and pedagogical learning experiences in the following areas:


  • Psychological aspects of trauma
  • The role of sport, play and physical activity in community building and disaster recovery
  • Gender equality issues such as participation, empowerment and protection
  • Victimisation and trauma, participation and inclusion
  • Development and maintenance of sport and movement
  • Self-care and team-building within socially problematic areas
  • Funding, monitoring and evaluation
  • Implementation of psycho-social sport programmes


As in previous years, ICSSPE will host the 2013 seminar together with Kennesaw State University (USA) and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).


International academics, leaders of sport organisations, experts and practitioners amongst others in sociology, psychology, social work, sport and physical education deliver the curriculum to participants.


The workshop facilitators include:


Prof. Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper

Prof. Dr. Ardith Peters

Prof. Dr. Alan Kirk

Mr. Joeri Verellen

Prof. Dr. Irene McClatchey

Dr. Monica Nandan

Dr. Dean Ravizza

Ms. Jutta Engelhardt

Ms. Lydia la Rivière Zijdel

Mr. Pierre Bataille

Ms. Marianne Meier

Mr. Ken Black


Participants are recruited from the master’s programme in Adapted Physical Activity at KU Leuven as well as the master in Social Work at Kennesaw State University. In addition, the seminar targets graduate students of various academic disciplines as well as first-line service providers. By acquiring new skills and implementation philosophies, participants are able to establish new programmes or enhance existing programmes in which they are involved. 


Evolving from this workshop has been a partnership between the Red Cross/Red Crescent Reference Center for Psycho-Social Support, Technical University Munich and the Swiss Academy for Development, which has led to the development of a handbook on Sport and Physical Activities in Psycho-Social Interventions. The handbook will be delivered to thousands of International Federations of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society frontline workers starting in 2014. 


The seminar is set to take place at HausRheinsberg, Germany´s first hotel specially designed for patrons with disabilities. The hotel provides an ideal setting to conduct the seminar modules, as well as the opportunity to get to know each other and engage in leisure activities. This includes conference services, a modern sports facility as well as a swimming pool, sauna, fitness room, and fireplace lounge. The hotel restaurant offers specialties of the region as well as international delicacies.


Additional information about HausRheinsberg, including directions, may be obtained at


Below you find the official flyer of the seminar.


ICSSPE offers eight bursaries covering 100% of the registration fee. Applications shall be sent to Mr. Jörg Pluschkat,, including the following:

  • Letter of motivation (1 p.)
  • Letter of recommendation by superior or professor (1 p.)
  • C.V. (1 p.)

Recipients are required to make contributions to ICSSPE’s daily social media and communication activities during the seminar.

Deadline for application is 9 September, 2013.


In order to register for the seminar please fill in the form below and send it to Mr. Jörg Pluschkat,