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 Euros per business year and generating circa 1,000 products and services. Although the City of Cologne is a public institution, it also has interests in industry; and owns a significant number of profitable commercial companies, including: the City Holding with the divisions of gas/electricity/water, public transport and ports; the City Housing Company; the City Savings Bank; the Regional Telecom-Co. Net Cologne.
The professional fire brigade services of the city employs circa 900 fire fighters; and coordinates a further 800 volunteers. The leading staff is involved in several national networks of fire brigades and emergency institutions. It also employs staff with long-term experience in psychosocial support (PSS).
In addition to known risks, Cologne faces ongoing issues from river flooding, accidents in chemical industry plants and with the transport of dangerous cargo crossing the city.
The Maria-Hilf GmbH Krefeld hospital is part of the ‘Alexianer-Brüdergemeinschaft’ holding, which conducts a network of psychiatric hospitals in Germany. Krefeld has 744 beds, with 454 of these allocated to the psychiatric and neurological branch. This branch is an acute rehabilitation-orientated area with different departments.
Departments include: open and closed acute psychiatric / psychotherapeutic care units; the Centre of Psychotraumatology (CoP); Gerontological Psychiatric care units; and a Clinic for Diseases of Addiction.
The CoP serves as a pre-operating study (model project) concerning the supply of ‘Kölner Opferhilfe’ (Cologne victim aid). Through this, it became possible to provide prompt assistance for victims of violent crime, natural disasters, accidents and other serious life events.
For the University of Cologne, the Centre serves as an education and research department. This contributes its practice-oriented share on the subject of clinical psychology and neuropsychology for those training in professional psychology. This has resulted in a three-tiered offering of treatments, comprising: inpatient treatment (12 beds); rehabilitation (18 beds); and out-patient services in Krefeld, Duisburg, Meerbusch (Neuss), Düsseldorf (Public Health Department) and Cologne.
The CoP is arranged as to provide assistance for post-traumatic stress patients to a catchment area of 5-7 million citizens. The central contribution of the CoP to EUTOPA-IP is based on experience within this network structure of clinical care, rehabilitation and counselling.
Impact, Dutch knowledge and advice centre for post-disaster psychosocial care, was established in 2002 by the Dutch Ministries of Health Welfare and Sports; Defence and Interior Affairs; and 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 four years, Impact has become an organisation with a strong vision on psychosocial care after disasters. Impact has also hosted a professional, international, online database with relevant scientific publications, protocols, public information; and is recognised as an expert facility in the field of psychosocial care. A local, European and international network has also been created.
Impact is assisted by its Advisory Board, consisting of 11 members. Seated on 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 Psychotrauma Centre for Children and Youth.
The Spanish Society for Psychotraumatology and Traumatic Stress (SEPET-D) is a scientific, non-profit association which was founded in 2000. Its members are mainly psychiatrists and psychologists, in addition to members from other occupational areas and those who are concerned with helping victims of violence and catastrophes. The organisation arranges an international conference in the field of Psychotraumatology and also offers a number of training courses throughout the year.
The SEPET-D website (www.sepet.org) offers counselling and professional help from psychiatrists and psychologists in Spain and South America. As well as its own members, SEPET also collaborates with other organisations operating in the network of Psychotraumatology.
Charles University in Prague is the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic. Founded in 1347, it was the first university in the Holy Roman Empire and in Central Europe in general. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe. Presently, the university is comprised of 17 faculties: 3 Theological Faculties (Catholic, Evangelical and Hussite); a Faculty of Law; 3 Faculties of Medicine; plus faculties of Pharmacy; Arts; Science; Mathematics and Physics; Social Sciences; Physical Education and Sport; and Humanities.
The Charles University in Prague (CUNI) keeps developing systematic research and cooperation with both European and international programmes. Charles University provides for pre-graduated students lecturing on Crisis and Disaster Psychology study. Research is conducted in disaster psychology and in the field of psychosocial care. The Charles University in Prague is linked to the University of Cologne by research and cooperative programmes.
History and Location:
Düsseldorf is the capital and political hub of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and has more than 585,000 inhabitants. The city’s extraordinary economic strength and its achievements in art, culture and modern architecture, have all contributed to its important international role. In addition to the seat of the government of North Rhine-Westphalia, with its many ministries and the government of the administrative district Düsseldorf, numerous other authorities and federations are located in the city. Düsseldorf’s central location and good transport infrastructure facilitate access to European markets. 30 million people live within a radius of 150km (93 miles). It only takes one hour by plane to reach major European capitals like Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Paris, Luxembourg or Zurich. More than 100,000 companies operate within the economic region of Düsseldorf, of which 39,000 are in the city itself.
The Public Health Department:
The tasks of the public health authorities in Düsseldorf are determined by the legal order and the defaults of the advice of the city. The general order of public health authorities, as part of the public health service, exists in three primary tasks: 1. health protection of the population; 2. health assistance for the population; and 3. health promotion in the municipality. Public health authorities in Düsseldorf organise these tasks within six departments. The fifth department, for health assistance and rehabilitation, is responsible for victims of violence and provides an out-patient service.
Co funded by the European Commission, Directorate Environment,
Grant Agreement No. 070401/2009/540414/SUB/A4