2021 EUSPR Pre-conference workshops

For workshop registration, please visit our Ex Ordo website. 

Workshop 1: Unplugged – Wednesday, 29th September, 9:00 – 10:30 CEST

Presenters: Annemie Coone and Johan Jongbloet

The workshop is aimed at experienced school prevention trainers from the EU-Dap Faculty network focusing on the implementation of online Unplugged activities for teachers. We also open up to trainers of other interactive prevention programmes who are interested in implementing online interactive elements in their TOTs.

We will introduce (30 min) the participants in the adaptation of the three-day Unplugged training of teachers to an online mode. We have a look at some core elements of the adapted training outline (e.g. concepts like ‘building risk level in a group’, ‘building low risk to high risk subjects’). To close we discuss the strengths, difficulties and opportunities of this adapted three-day teacher training.

In the second part of the workshop (60 min), we have a look at some good practices with online TOTs experiences from different EU-Dap faculty partners. Next to this we exercise some of the ‘new’ online Unplugged train the trainers activities. We debrief and exchange opinions to adapt this to other teachers trainings in different cultures and contexts.

This workshop is interactive, building on experiences and visons of participants. They will be provided with the draft edit of the Unplugged Trainer’s Manual in online version.

Workshop 2: How to build bridges between agile development, ethics and impact in prevention? – Wednesday, 29th September, 9:00 – 12:00 CEST

Chair: Karin Streimann


  • Triin Vilms from Estonian National Institute for Health Development will introduce Estonian public sector innovation project titled “My first charge for juvenile drug possession”.
  • Grete Arro from Tallinn University Centre for Innovation in Education will talk about educational television show where scientists are demonstrating how to make learning meaningful.
  • Miska Simanainen from Finnish Social Insurance Institution will present basic income experiment, which aimed to increase employment.
  • Alex Sutherland from Behavior Insights team in the United Kingdom will talk about unintended consequences of experiments that are relevant for prevention professionals.
  • Riina Raudne & Daniel Kotsjuba will be moderators of the workshop. Riina Raudne, PhD, is an Estonian researcher, social entrepreneur and activist with 10 years of experience in academic research, curriculum design, policy development, coalition building and campaigning to reframe the “common sense” on the topics of HIV/AIDS and alcohol. Daniel Kotjuba is a designer of Public Services at Estonian Public Sector Innovation Team.

The Estonian National Institute for Health Development, together with the Estonian Public Sector Innovation Team, invites EUSPR Conference participants to attend a pre-conference workshop about innovation and ethics in the prevention field.

Agile development is seen as a way to solve wicked problems, such as poor mental health, delinquent behaviour, risky driving or environmental crisis. It is difficult to know in advance if the process itself or the new solutions might have unintended consequences, what are the dangers of disruption when dealing with vulnerable populations, and if products will create actual systemic change.

The workshop will debate how we can design at a fast pace, without causing any harm.

Workshop 3: From threat to opportunity – and back again? Digital prevention following the COVID-19 pandemic – Wednesday, 29th September, 13:00 – 14:30 CEST (Early Career Workshop)

Presenters: Desirée Schmuck & Samuel Tomczyk

This workshop will explore the experiences, consequences, and opportunities of the “digital push” in prevention following the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for early career researchers and practitioners in prevention-related disciplines. The workshop will begin with an overview of the literature on coping with a changing digital landscape, in particular, digital stress, digital well-being, and digital detox through the lens of communication sciences and health psychology. Then, participants are asked to share their experiences, fears and successes connected to digital change throughout the pandemic. Finally, in a joint discussion, helpful strategies for digital self-care, dealing with challenges in digitalizing prevention research and practice, and key implications for future research and collaborative action will be identified.

Desirée Schmuck, Ph.D., is an assistant professor for Digital Media Effects at the Leuven School for Mass Communication Research. Her research focuses on the effects of digital media use on individuals’ subjective well-being, democratic engagement and intergroup relations among majority and minority members.

Samuel Tomczyk, Dr. Phil., works as a junior professor for Digital Health and Prevention at the University of Greifswald. Through mixed-methods research and using a positive-psychological approach, he examines barriers, facilitators, and efficacy of implementing digital technologies in evidence-based prevention, health care, and civil security.

Workshop 4: Restorative justice and prevention of sexual violence – Wednesday, 29th September, 13:00 – 16:00 CEST

Presenter: Karin Streimann

EUSPR, EUCPN and the Estonian Ministry of Justice have the pleasure of inviting you to a webinar on restorative justice and its role in preventing sexual violence.

13.00​ Introduction to the seminar
Anu Leps, moderator, Estonian Ministry of Justice

13.10 Why Is It So Difficult To Prevent Sexual Violence?
Brit Tammiste, Estonian Ministry of Justice

13.30​ Evaluation of Restorative Practice in the area of Harmful Sexual Behaviour exhibited by children in the Youth Offending Service work
Janine Carroll, NGO Restorative Now, United Kingdom

14.30 Dialogue Group of Victims and Offenders of Sexual Violence Who Are Not Related by the Crime
Kristel Buntinx, NGO Moderator, Belgium

Kristel Buntinx has worked for 20 years as a mediator for the organization ‘Moderator’.Moderator is recognized and gets funding by the government as the umbrella and forum organization for victim-offender mediation for adults in the Flemish part of Belgium. She started in 2001 as a mediator in the stage of execution of punishment, in almost all prisons in the Flemischpart of Belgium. Since 2008, she has also experience with mediation before trial. She works mostly in serious crimes as homicide; armed robbery and sexual violence.

Janine Carroll is the director of Restorative Now, a training and culture-change organisation, focusing upon the implementation of sustainable restorative practice across a variety of settings. Restorative Now works internationally across Europe, South East Asia and Australasia, within the criminal justice, education, police, social work, housing and community agency sectors. The driving vision of the organisation is the universal applicability of Restorative Practice, allowing for a move beyond a binary focus on right and wrong doing, to one of the commonality of human need and dignity. Janine Carroll has over 30 years’ experience in the restorative practice field, with accredited Trainer and Practitioner status with the Restorative Justice Council UK.

Check the full schedule of this workshop here.