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Manuals | September 21, 2016

Singing to the Lions

A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Violence in Our Lives
By Jonathan Brakarsh, with Lucy Steinitz.


Singing to the Lions is a facilitator's guide for a workshop that helps children and youth lessen the impact of violence and abuse in their lives. Participants learn skills that can help them transform their lives and no longer feel dominated by fear. Though the workshop is aimed at young people and includes games, art and songs, it can also be used to help adults take action on aspects of their lives that cause fear and, in so doing, become better parents and caregivers. A supplement and data entry sheet, which are intended to be used with the guide, and a handout about the workshop are also available to download, as well as French versions of the guide and supplement. 



English guide (PDF, 84 pages)

English supplement (PDF, 20 pages)

English handout (PDF, 2 pages)

English data entry sheet (Excel file, 5 sheets)



Spanish guide (PDF, 84 pages)

Spanish supplement (PDF, 2 pages)

Spanish handout (PDF, 2 pages)



French guide (PDF, 84 pages)

French supplement (PDF, 20 pages)




  • Section I: Introduction

  • Section 2: Implementing Singing to the Lions

  • Section 3: Workshop Activities

  • Section 4: Appendices



Supplement Contents

  • Introduction

  • Further information on helping children respond to fear and abuse

  • Breaking the cycles of violence

  • How to train facilitators

  • Orientation session: Outline

  • Additional guidance on Monitoring and Evaluation