Mental training for refugees
In 2015 many refugees came to Germany. Official authorities and lots of volunteers worked hand in hand to manage the challenge. At the beginning the most important things were to find housing, medical aid and the official steps for seeking asylum in Germany.
The much more challenging work has started now. Many refugees have psychological problems. Some of them are traumatized, some of them show symptoms of depression or anxiety. There are not enough therapists to cope with the number of patients.
And then there are the typical problems once you enter a different culture. Many questions arise: How are the rules in Germany? How to be successful in school or at university? How can I cope with uncertainty while waiting for the BAMF to decide on my asylum application?
Working with volunteers, translators and beeing the author of “Traumatisierten Flüchtlingen helfen” (“Helping traumatized refugees – a guideline for volunteers and teachers, the foreword written by Dr. Gunther Schmidt) I asked myself what else there could be done to help refugees to cope with the challenges in Germany. First of all not all refugees are traumatized but may have other psychological problems. As there are not enough therapists they have to wait a long time for help. Secondly many refugees have great difficulties to admit they could have psychological problems.
Working with hypnosis and mental training, I therefore decided to offer information on stress management in different languages first. For many people it is easier to admit to themselves they have problems with stress and stressmanagement and accept help there. The second step was to find out which topics are the most important. Based on those topics it is now all about offering mental training and hypnosis to help people on their way to a successful life in Germany.
The idea of this is not to replace therapy but to help people to reach their goal: Find a new home in Germany and lead a successful life.
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