Van de Donk, M.-2018
Communication between practitioner and participants is one of the core elements of exit work. In the meantime, it is a challenge to establish and maintain a situation in which conversation serves the goal of facilitating an individual to leave an extremist environment, culture or ideology. Important factors that create a positive setting for exit are mutual respect and trust, clear rules and clarity of the role of practitioners. This manual aims to help and inspire exit work practitioners in their communication with (former) extremists, based on the expertise of experienced professionals. Not all suggestions provided will apply to every single exit process or facility. Moreover, they should match the practitioner’s professional personality. If participants suspect that they are subjected to ‘tricks’ and feel genuine and authentic behaviour is lacking, communication lines will become thinner.