Psychoeducational Group Therapy (PEG) in the Berlin Center for Torture Victims

From 2005 until 2006 the research department at the Berlin Center for Torture Victims developed a handbook for “Psychoeducation in cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” for traumatized patients. The handbook is used by therapists as they work through the trauma with their patients, helping them to understand what they have experienced and how to cope with this experiences.

Therapy sessions take place once a week for up to 12 sessions, where the following aspects are examined:

  • What is trauma?
  • What kind of problems may occur after experiencing trauma? (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Sleep Disorders, Fear, Dissociation, Somatic Disorders / Pain)
  • How can patients cope with these effects in their daily lives?
  • Grief and aggression, also recognition, self-esteem and using one’s resources
  • Intercultural living / life in Germany

After careful development and scientific testing of the PEG-Handbook, the Psychoeducational Group offers a low-threshold therapy service for outpatients from the Berlin Center on the waiting list for long-term therapy, but it is also an established program within the Day Clinic of the Center. In 2010 the Handbook “Psychoeducation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” was published by the Schattauer-Verlag in German.