1. How can I implement the Minun Silmin, Sinun Silmin-program in my city or community?

For schools and youth workers in the City of Helsinki:

Please contact MiSi@hel.fi in order to discuss the timetable and possible ways implementation.

For others:

If your community or organisation is interested in offering its employees the possibility of being educated to be a facilitator of the ICThinking©-method, please contact MiSi@hel.fi for information on how to get started.

2. How can I become a facilitator?

A facilitator goes through the training, which consists of the following steps

  • attending the course in its entirety
  • attending lectures (2-3) on the theory and on the methods the program is based on
  • studying the course materials
  • thorough reading of the handbook for facilitators
  • teaching the course together with an experienced facilitator
  • passing an aptitude assessment on preparedness to apply the learned theory

NB! The next course commences in September 2018, and first time in English in October 2018.

For more information please contact MiSi@hel.fi

3. What does it cost ?

There is no licence fee for the I See You See (Minun Silmin, Sinun Silmin) -program, and the contents of the course are free of charge. People who are not employees of the City of Helsinki, however, have to cover their own costs.

Please contact MiSi@hel.fi for assessment of available options.

4. In what languages is the Minun Silmin, Sinun Silmin-program available?

At the moment the course can be held in Finnish, Swedish and English.

5. For whom is the I See You See (Minun Silmin, Sinun Silmin) –program suitable?

The program has been specifically tailored to accommodate Finnish societal issues.

Because the program takes place in a group-setting, it is highly suitable for schools and other places in which group activities can be run.

The recommended lowest age limit for the current program is 13 years, but there is no upper limit. The recommended age limit is set based on adolescents’ development of abstract thinking and the neurological stages of brain development.

6. How does the program prevent violence?

The program is based on the participants’ learning new ways to interact in situations where they feel threatened and are operating in a black-and-white mode. Instead of the more easily accessible violent reactions, the program teaches various skills with which new patterns of reaction can be used, thus decreasing the propensity to use violence as a means to solving the issues.

Through the I see You See program the participants learn conflict resolution skills, which in turn help the reaching of peaceful solutions even when the parties of conflict strongly disagree with each other’s views.

7. What kind of results can I expect with the I See, You See-program?

The program is based on over 10 years of research at Cambridge University. Evaluation of the program’s effectiveness has been conducted in varying contexts (reports can be found here and here.)

Thinking mechanisms of the participants have been measured before and after attending the program, using evaluation methods specifically designed for this purpose (Suedfeld 2010). Results show that by attending the program the participants have learnt to let go of black-and-white thinking when faced with conflicts, even in vastly differing contexts: eg. Scottish Catholics vs. Protestants, Kenyan extremist movements, marginalized British youngsters.

The program is based on solid theories, and on the developing of evidence-based theory-driven practises. The I See You See program uses the latest findings of e.g. neuroscience, regarding, for instance, mechanisms of reactions to stress and threatening situations. In addition, the target group’s age range and the operating environment are taken  into account, and the program’s content is modified accordingly.