FIRST BLOC - "Radicalisation, Social Risk and Victims Support”

DURATION: From June 27 to July 1, 2016 (10 hours)

SCHEDULE: 10:00 - 13:00; 14:00 – 17:00


The training course aims to discuss the new social risks in international and local terms and to identify the processes involved in building them and the paradoxical social intervention in its control. It also seeks to equip graduates for innovative intervention strategies, operative and heuristics that can be used in an integrated manner. The aim is also to promote a better understanding of the processes of radicalization in order to know their identity traits and discuss innovation strategies and social intervention aimed at direct and indirect victims of this phenomenon.


  1. To Identify and understanding the causes of radicalization in a global context
  2. To recognize the importance of dialogue on the concept of citizenship and to further develop the dynamics of identity along with the religious/political beliefs
  3. To prepare participants to identify those most at risk and to the use of tools to respond to different levels of radicalization and to give support to the victims
  4. To know the different tips of social intervention on the victims support


The methodology proposed is very participative and was organized taking into account the international models of summer courses. More academic and more reflected taking into account foreign public, training is labor character, in English, and requires permanent moments of debate. This methodology can be adapted according to the profile of the candidates.


    MODULE I – Risks in a Global Context

  • Risk societies and Social Work
  • EU, terrorism and radicalization; Social policies approach

    MODULE II – Radicalization: Processes, factors and values

  • Radicalization: factors and recruitment
  • Recruitment and new technologies
  • Human rights: Freedom vs security

    MODULE III – Forensic Issues

  • Young people at risk and Forensic Issues
  • Forensic Social Work: Theoretical approaches and strategies

    MODULE IV – Intervention: Ethical implications and new Victims Support strategies

  • Ethical approach Victims Support
  • New strategies on Victims Support
  • Victims Support: The role of social Mediation
  • Crisis intervention Method

    MODULE V – Action to Change

  • Action to Change: Best Practices and Interventions (Refugees Welcome; Médicos no Mundo; ADFP; UC)



Lecturer in Coimbra University in the graduation, master and PhD in Social Work. She is the coordinator of the Graduation in Social Work in the same University and also the coordinator of the master in Social Intervention, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, partnership between the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra. Currently the main research interests are related to social rights and criminal rights of citizens and citizens and the identity issues of Social Work.


Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra. It has a doctorate in Letters (Département de Sociologie, Social Travail et Politiques Sociales) in the area of specialization Social Work and Social Policy, the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). She teaches in the areas of Social Policy, Ethics and Compliance, Social Services and Social Entrepreneurship, with several publications in these areas and funded research projects (national and international), focused on issues of unemployment, poverty, social mediation, local development and trafficking humans. It is integrated Interdisciplinary Center researcher of Social Sciences, New University of Lisbon (CICS.NOVA) Unit R&D evaluated by FCT with Very Good.
It is to complete the Post Doctorate in Philosophy and Politics in PHILéPOL Research Centre (Philosophie, Épistémologie, Politique) of Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité. Currently holds the assistant principal functions of FPCE in second term (2015-2017).


Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra, PhD in Social Work from the University of Fribourg (2000, Switzerland) with a thesis on Social Mediation. It teaches in the areas of Social Services and Dynamics group, Strategic Planning and Social Innovation, Intervention Methods and Social Research, Theory and Mediation Models and Social Work and Entrepreneurship, with several publications in the areas of Social Services, Health, Social Mediation and Community Sustainability and Social Enterprising Initiatives.
She is the coordinator of the master's degree in social work and scientific consultant in the area of Social and Community Mediation since 2013. It has research experience of coordination within the Centre for Citizenship and Social Intervention. It collaborates researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center of Social Sciences, New University of Lisbon (CICS.NOVA).



Degree in Social Work by the Institute Miguel Torga (ISMT), Master in Family and Social Systems by ISMT, Postgraduate in Child Protection, Faculty of Law, University of Coimbra and Student of PhD Interuniversity Program in Social Work, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra and the Faculty of Human Sciences of the Portuguese Catholic University. ONG Akto – Direitos Humanos e Democracia
Akto was created recently (June of 2015) our main goals are:

  • To promote training and education in the field of Human Rights and Democracy;
  • To introduce young people to the European Community and to the Erasmus+ program;
  • To promote intercultural activities, volunteering and activism between young people.

Akto and all the persons involved have a strong connection with the work of associations and NGO dealing with human rights. We have a strong experience in promoting training courses, target to youth, about volunteering, human rights in general, gender equality, secure employment for young people, human trafficking, and social inclusion, among others. Akto is now working to help the refugees that are coming to Portugal. We're official representing , in our city, the „Refugees Welcome“, which is an international organization that aims to shelter and to give legal advice and health support to the young refugees that come by themselves to a new country. Related to this work, we're starting to give lectures in schools to raise awareness about the refugee’s crisis, because we want to eradicate prejudices and to contribute a non-discriminatory society. In 2016, Akto start to give training in the areas of Human Rights and Democracy, gender equality, LGBT Rights and Human trafficking.


Has Law degree and a graduation in Human Rights and Democracy. Currently she is finishing a Master Degree in Human Rights and an advanced-level Course in United Nations Peace Support Operations. She has experience in the Erasmus+ program, as an Erasmus student in Universität Bayerische Julius-Maximilians, Würzburg (Germany), as a leader in a youth exchange in Poland and a training course in Turkey. She has also training in England, Germany, Romania and Canada and experience in Develop Cooperation Mission in Cape Verde. Currently, she was the Executive Coordinator at an NGO, responsible for the national and international teams, as well as the Coordinator of the only national shelter for male victims of Human Trafficking. She is a trainer in the areas if human rights – gender equality, social inclusion, human trafficking, among others (especially target to youth) and humanitarian aid. Currently Sofia Figueiredo is the CEO of Akto – Human Rights and Democracy.


Works in an NGO since 2010 as a sociologist. She has experience in research projects namely volunteering in Portugal. She was coordinator in several projects (women in politics and LGBT rights). In the Erasmus + program she participated has a team leader in a youth exchange in Estonia, a training course in Kosovo and Poland and Erasmus in Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany).
She has experience has a trainer in Sao Tome and Principe about domestic violence and, in Portugal, about human rights, human trafficking, LGBT, gender equality. In December of 2013, was in Philippines has a Humanitarian Aid Worker, especially in the field about GBV. Currently she is International Projects Coordinator of Akto – Human Rights and Democracy.