Holistic Security: Trainer’s Manual
Organisation: Tactical Technology Collective
Type: Guides and Manuals
This manual was created as a companion to Tactical Technology Collective’s Holistic Security – A Strategy Manual for Human Rights Defenders.
It was also created to reflect new knowledge and best practices identified through Tactical Tech’s facilitation of dialogues and engagements between experts and facilitators in overall protection, digital security, and psycho-social well-being for human rights defenders (HRDs) between 2013 and 2015. The Trainer’s Manual is divided into three parts:
Part I includes general articles on best practices when facilitating security and protection trainings for HRDs, whatever their main focus may be (e.g. digital security, risk analysis, integrated security).
Part II includes ‘stand-alone’ sessions which are offered ‘as-is’ without explicit need for prerequisites, and can be carried out in the context of any security-related training. They were designed by participants of the Training of Advanced Security Trainers (TOAST) event which took place in April 2015 as part of Tactical Tech’s Holistic Security project. They were subsequently elaborated upon during a writing sprint in the same month.
Part III includes eleven sessions designed to form a sequential ‘flow’ based on the material from Holistic Security: a Strategy Manual for Human Rights Defenders. The sessions were developed for and tested at two four-day ‘Introduction to Security’ trainings held at the Centre for Training and Networking in Nonviolent Action “Kurve Wustrow” in 2015. They do not, however, represent the totality of potential sessions that could be created based on the manual. As such, we would encourage facilitators to take inspiration from the themes, approaches and ideas put forward here to develop and share further sessions designed to suit the needs of the groups they work with.