EUTOPA – IP Conference in Cologne, April 8 and 9, 2011 Town Hall and ArtHotel

The main objective of the conference in Cologne was to discuss how the TGIP relates to Multidisciplinary Guidelines (MG) of Early Intervention. The Target Group Intervention Program (TGIP) is considered a secondary preventive concept of individual psychosocial aftercare; and describes every intervention step from psychological primary care, to indicated psychotherapy more specifically. Our concept is based on the opinion that process-orientation and identification of risk groups is successful in driving forth effective crisis intervention programmes. In the previous EUTOPA project (2007 – 2009), we adapted the TGIP to disaster situations. Our partners from Impact, Amsterdam, published a Multidisciplinary Guideline (MG) for early psychosocial interventions after disasters, terrorist attacks and other traumatic events. As a product of EUTOPA, we conclude that this MG can also be used as a frame for other EU member states.

In accordance with key aspects of the TGIP manuals (I to III), we discussed different topics in four different workshops at the conference. Manual I is an introduction to our concept of prognostic screening, based on the Cologne Risk Index. Manual II contains the modules of the TGIP including mid-and-long-term interventions. In Manual III we discuss how to conduct trauma-based psychoinformation. Additional, we discussed the approach of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to implement rehabilitation programs for those who developed impairment of functioning and limitations of activity and participation.

To give input for our table discussions, the keynote speakers and chairs shared their experience in order to answer our main question: How can EUTOPA-IP contribute to pursue the development of a European standardisation of psychosocial concepts for aftercare in case of disasters?

For the second day at the conference in Cologne, we invited colleagues to present their practical experiences and empirical data on psychosocial care after disaster. To this extent, data from recent research on the psychosocial aftercare of the Tsunami disaster was presented. We shared our experience with the EUTOPA approach and presented our evaluation on the psychosocial care of those who were affected by the breakdown of the Historical City Archive of Cologne and the ‘Love Parade’ disaster in Duisburg, Germany.


For the future, further work is needed to take care of the special needs of uniformed services. To this extent, our partners from Impact presented their results on developing a guideline for uniformed services, based on the IMPACT guideline for early psychosocial interventions. Furthermore, the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) presented the results of their consensus on the guidelines which coordinate the local and federal levels required in a disaster situation. Finally, the results of our round table discussions were presented in a panel.

All in all, 59 delegates from 21 European member states, plus Norway, Turkey and Israel took part in the conference in Cologne. We thank all the keynote speakers, the chairs and the delegates for their participation, their extraordinary engagement and their valuable and helpful suggestions.



Conference in Cologne 2011

Invitation and Program - EUTOPA-IP - Conference Cologne 2011

Key-note: How does the Target Group Intervention Program relate to Multidisciplinary Guidelines? 

Dr. Robert Bering, Alexianer - Institute of Psychotraumatology, Berlin/ Krefeld, Germany

Round Tables: Psychoinformation

Round Tables: Screening

Round Tables: Mid- and-long-term interventions

Round Tables: Implementation of the ICF in Rehabilitation

Practical experiences and empirical data on psychosocial care after disaster


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