veritas – Civic Education on Conspiracy Narratives

Certified further education as a multiplier in youth (social) work and adult education on conspiracy narratives

Advanced training in seven modules from September 2022 to May 2023

Conspiracy narratives have probably always existed. But especially since the beginning of the Corona pandemic, we are faced with major social challenges around conspiracy narratives. Also social workers and adult educators are repeatedly confronted with conspiracy narratives in their work. Therefore veritas offers a certification course on dealing with conspiracy narratives for educational professionals. Participants will learn about the history of conspiracies, their psychological impact, and links to anti-semitism, right-wing extremism and disinformation.

Pedagogical tools for dealing with conspiracy narratives

Additionally, participants will get to know pedagogical tools and methods as well as approaches in counseling and dealing with adherents of conspiracy narratives or their relatives. A further focus of the training lies on networked learning, collegial exchange and reflection on one's own attitude towards the topic. The training is designed to be practice-oriented and participation can be certified by the German Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. This will take place in the last module of the training.

Contents of the further training

  • History of conspiracy narratives
  • Social-psychological effects of conspiracy narratives
  • Deepening in the areas of anti-Semitism, right-wing extremism, disinformation
  • Pedagogical handling of conspiracy narratives and narrators
  • Questions about child welfare in the context of conspiracy narratives
  • Presentation, testing and reflection of methods
  • Self-reflection and further development of professional attitude
  • Collegial exchange and networking

Working methods

We strive for an appreciative and error-friendly working atmosphere in which questions and uncertainties have room. A basic attitude critical of discrimination is equally important to us.
The goal of the training is a content-related as well as methodical examination of the complex of topics. To achieve this, we work with a combination of inputs, group work and various (analog and digital) methods. The connection to the respective work experiences of the participants is central for us.

Target group

Pedagogical professionals, political educators, multipliers from youth (social) work and youth welfare services.


Stefanie Ritter, Annabelle Mattick and Bastian Merkel, project managers and pedagogical staff at cultures interactive e.V.
The following experts will be asked for their expertise: Prof. Dr. Michael Butter, Pia Lamberty, Dr. Marius Raab and Dr. Jan Skudlarek.

Further training to become a multiplier

The training should enable the participants to train people in their region to deal with conspiracy narratives in youth work and adult education. In addition to imparting knowledge about conspiracy narratives, we will therefore also try out methods together that are suitable for the further education of adults in this subject area.


1st module: September 15-16, 2022 (in Berlin)
2nd module: October 13-14, 2022 (in Berlin)
3rd module: November 15-16, 2022 (online)
4th module: December 7-8, 2022 (online)
5th module: January 27/28, 2023 (online)
Methods Workshop (optional): February 16, 2023 (Online)
6th module: March 24/25, 2023 (in Berlin)
7th module: May 5/6, 2023 (online) and May 12/13 (in Berlin)

The appointments in Berlin take place all day, the online appointments half day in the afternoon. You will be informed about the exact times after confirmation of your registration. Attendance at at least 80 percent of the continuing education dates is required for successful participation.


Modules 1, 2, 6 and 7 are planned as attendance modules in Berlin. In the event that we are unable to conduct these in attendance due to the pandemic, they will also be converted to online courses. In the digital modules we work with the software Zoom.


The participation fee is 300,00 €. Travel and accommodation costs for the classroom modules in Berlin will be covered in accordance with the Federal Travel Expenses Act.


All participants will receive a certificate of participation. In order to receive certification from the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, participants must submit a concept for a practical module and present a method from it.


If you would like to participate in the 2022/2023 training, please send the completed application form by e-mail to Acceptances and rejections will be sent promptly after the application.

Is there anything we should know regarding you or your work? If so, please let us know in your application. All information will of course be treated confidentially.

Since some of the training dates take place during the week, it may be necessary to clarify the possibility of time off from work with your employer in advance.


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