The Institute for Clinical Psychology and Psychological Diagnostics of the University of Cologne (IKPP) is directed by Prof. Dr. Gottfried Fischer since 1995 and focuses in research, science and practice on general, differential and special Psychotraumatology. In 1996, the IKPP entered into co-operation with the German Institute for Psychotraumatology, Cologne (DIPT). In the following the projects since 1993, at most realised jointly, are exemplary listed:
Co-operation in the foundation of the associated institute „instituto de psichotraumatologia mocambique“ in Maputo. Scientific and therapeutic administration: Dipl.-Psych. Boia Efraim Junior (certified psychologist).
Cologne victim-aid pre-operating study (KOM-project).
1997 - 1999
Project "Trauma Therapy for Victims of Violence" (TTG-Project) and establishment of the DIPT ambulance for victims in Cologne as a model project (pre-operation study) of the pension office of the country Nordrhein-Westfalen).
1999 - 2002
Psychological aftercare and rehabilitation for victims of the Eschede and Brühl train accidents, for victims of the cable railway crash in Wuppertal, as well as for the bereaved of the Concorde.
2001 - 2004
Research project on behalf of the psychological service of German Federal Armed Forces and Federal Ministry of Defense “Prevention and Treatment of Psychotrauma at German Federal Armed Forces”.2005 Aftercare for victims of the Tsunami catastrophe, supported by "Kölner Opferhilfe" (Cologne victim-aid).
2005 - 2007
Project "Prevention of Lasting Psychological Disorders for Victims of Terrorist Attacks and their Relatives", promoted by the European Commission, Directorate Security and Justice. In recent years, the Cologne Manual for Documentation and Planning of Dialectic Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Trauma Treatment (KÖDOPS) was developed at the IKPP. At IKPP, the Zeitschrift für Psychotraumatologie & Psychologische Medizin (ZPPM) (Journal for Psychotraumatology & Psychological Medicine) is compiled editorially.
The hospital Maria-Hilf GmbH Krefeld is part of the Holding “Alexianer-Brüdergemeinschaft” that conduct a network of psychiatrics hospitals in Germany. 744 beds/ treatment possibilities are located in Krefeld. 454 belong to the psychiatric and neurological branch, which is divided into an acute- and rehabilitative orientated area with different departments. Open and closed acute psychiatric/ psychotherapeutic care units, the Centre of Psychotraumatology (CoP), Gerontological Psychiatric care units, a Clinic for Diseases of Addiction. The CoP serves as a pre-operating study (model project) concerning the supply in “Kölner Opferhilfe” (Cologne victim aid). Through this, a gap of supply was closed, to make prompt assistance for victims of violent crime, natural disasters, accidents and other serious life events possible. For the University of Cologne, the Centre serves as a didactic and research department and contributes its practice oriented share on the subject of clinical psychology and neuropsychology for educating certified psychologists-to-be. A three-layered offering of treatment is the result, made up of a device of inpatient treatment (12 beds), rehabilitation (18 beds) and out patient services in Krefeld, Duisburg, Meerbusch (Neuss), Düsseldorf (Public Health Department), and Cologne. For this the CoP is arranged and disposed to a catchments area of 5 up to 7 million citizens for stress response syndromes. The central contribution of the CoP to EUTOPA-IP is based on the experience with this network structure of clinical care, rehabilitation, and counselling.
Impact, Dutch knowledge & advice centre for post-disaster psychosocial care is established in 2002 by the Dutch Ministries of Health Welfare and Sports, Defence and Interior Affairs & Kingdom Relations. Impact aims to promote high-quality and effectively organised post-disaster care. Impact’s responsibilities include gathering experience and scientific knowledge and making it available and understandable for diverse target groups and to promote cooperation between interested parties. In less than 4 years Impact has become an organisation with a strong vision on psychosocial care after disasters, a professional international online database with relevant scientific publications, protocols, public information and experts in the field of psychosocial care and has constructed a relevant network on local, European and international level.
Impact is assisted by it's Advisory Board, consisting of 11 members. Seated in the board are a professor of Psychiatry in the University of Amsterdam and President of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS), a professor of Psychotraumatology in the University of Utrecht and a professor of Child and Media in the University of Amsterdam. Organisations represented by their Directors are The National Institute for Public Health and Environment, the Area Health Authorities of Twente, Amsterdam, Zuid-Holland, Zeeland and IJssel-Vecht, the Regional Institute for Mental Welfare of Zwolle, the Department of Individual Care of the Royal Army and the Psychotraumacenter for Children and Youth.
Cologne is located at the River Rhine in the Western part of Germany. With some 1 million inhabitants, Cologne is the fourth-largest city in Germany. It provides jobs for about 500,000 residents and commuters and is an economic and cultural centre for its immediate conurbation which comprises some 2.5 million inhabitants.
More than 17,000 employees work for the City Administration of Cologne which is managing a budget of some 3,9 billion Euro per business year, generating about 1,000 products and services. Although the City of Cologne is a public institution, it also has interests in industry and owns quite a number of profitable commercial companies, e.g. the City Holding with the divisions Gas/Electricity/Water, public transport and ports, the City Housing Company, the City Savings Bank or the Regional Telecom-Co. NetCologne.
Cologne is the major transport hub in the western middle of Germany with 7 motorways approaching, from all directions, the railways and the river Rhine. It is also the Germany’s main location of the chemical industry.The professional fire brigade of the city employs some 900 fire fighters and co-ordinates further 800 volunteers. The leading staff is chairs or is involved in several national networks of fire brigades and emergency institutions. It employs also staff with long term experience in psychosocial support (PSS). Beside all thinkable risks Cologne faces steady risks in river flooding, accidents in plants of the chemical industry and in transport of dangerous cargo crossing the city.
(SEPET+D) is a scientific non-profit association found in the year 2000. Its members are mainly psychiatrists and psychologists as well as members coming from other occupational areas and who are concerned with the help of victims of violence and catastrophes.
Every year this organisation arranges an international conference in the field of Psychotraumatology and offers a number of training courses within the year.
SEPET+D supports a web site (www.sepet.org) with the cooperation of a webmaster and offers counselling and professional help by psychiatrists and psychologists from Spain and South America.
SEPET possesses a number of members and collaborating organisations operating in the network of Psychotraumatology.
Co funded by the European Commission, Directorate Environment,
Grant Agreement No. 07030601/2006/447903/SUB/A3