Please contact us if you are interested in our workshops – irrespective of whether you work in a refugee accommodation, whether you are a refugee or a volunteer helper.

Sarah Leistner
Sarah Leistner
Phone: +49 (0) 89-30622-528


The RefPsych project is financed by the Max Planck Society and by a private sponsor: It is part of the initiative "People for People", in which employees of Max Planck Institutes from all over Germany take part in projects for refugees. At the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, participants are mostly psychologists.  

Short film "Flight and Trauma"

We offer our film here in seven languages:

German:     Flucht und Trauma
English:      Flight and Trauma
Italian:       Fuga e Trauma
Dari:          پرواز و صدمه
Kurdish:      Koçberî ü şok
Arab:                      اللجوء والصدمة
French:       Fuite et Traumatisme

RefPsych - Project for refugees and helpers

A study carried out among Syrien refugees in Turkey in 2015 shows that two-thirds of them have witnessed or experienced the death, torture or abduction of a close friend or family member (Alpak et al., 2015). Therefore, the frequency of stress-related disorders in refugees is alarming (Heeren, Müller et al., 2012). About 20 to 30 per cent of refugees suffer from major depression or a pronounced post-traumatic stress disorder and are in need of treatment (Steel, Chey et al., 2009).

Psychiatric care of refugees in Germany needs to be optimized. The Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry wants to contribute to this process.

Our short film for refugees and helpers explains possible somatic and mental symptoms which can occur after flight and migration - in order to relieve and to seek help:

Flight and Trauma

Please distribute our short film so it will help as many people as possible

For helpers supporting persons with mental disorders resulting from flight and migration, we offer psychoeducation:

Our psychoeducation program comprises 8 group meetings as listed below. The workshops will take place at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry on Mondays from 6 pm to 8 pm. The workshops are carried out in German. Please find the contact details for registration on the right side.

January 22, 2018
Maintenance and origin of psychogenic symptoms resulting from flight and migration
February 5, 2018    
Depressive disorders
February 19, 2018
Anxiety disorders and somatization disorders
March 5, 2018
Post-traumatic stress disorder
March 19, 2018
Addiction and psychoses  
April 9, 2018
Particularities of dealing with refugees: skills, life-line, suicidality
April 23, 2018
Stress management for helpers  
May 7, 2018
Final meeting and information on treatment possibilities 

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