Since 1998, the Center ÜBERLEBEN (formerly bzfo) has had its own department for transcultural and traumatic stress studies as one of very few German-speaking institutions for victims of torture and war. The department for transcultural and traumatic stress studies of the Center ÜBERLEBEN pursues the goal of scientifically investigating psychological consequences of war and torture. This includes accompanying scientific research at the center, the development of diagnostic instruments and treatment modules, as well as studies of psychological consequences in post-conflict regions and the evaluation of online interventions.
Thanks to permanent basic funding from Prof. Jan Phillip Reemtsma (Hamburg Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Culture), additional third-party funding can be obtained for further projects. The initial position could thus be expanded into a department.
The completed as well as ongoing scientific projects are carried out in national and international cooperation with, among others, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, the Medical School Berlin, and the Icahn School of Medicine of Mt. Sinai, New York.
As part of our international project work in Cambodia and Colombia, reports were prepared on results from interviews with survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime and internally displaced persons of the armed conflict, respectively. > Cambodia Report | > Colombia Report
In addition, the department has created educational videos on psychotherapy and work with interpreters in Arabic. The videos show different therapy situations and are aimed at Arabic speakers and therapists as well as people working with interpreters. The videos were financed by MISEREOR. >YouTube