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Annual Emergency Pedagogy Conference 2019

From June 20-23, 2019, the eighth annual emergency pedagogical conference will take place in the premises of the Parzival Centre in Karlsruhe.
Under the title "Emergency pedagogy - How pedagogy can help injured souls of children", we will focus on the basis of emergency pedagogy at our next annual conference. As this year's conference is internationally oriented, the lectures will be translated into English and Spanish and there will be workshops in all three languages. In addition, we will present the international emergency pedagogy network and the work of our network partners in more detail. In addition, the conference offers the opportunity to exchange ideas with other participants. Furthermore, the conference offers the possibility to go into the exchange with other participants.


Speakers 2019

Annette Junge-Schepermann
is a graduate psychologist, art therapist and anthroposophical psychotherapist (DtGAP). She works as a deep-psychologically oriented child and youth trauma therapist (IPKJ) in a psychotherapeutic group practice in Hamburg Bergstedt and for the Hamburg Youth Psychiatric Service.

Prof. Dr. phil. Harald Karutz
was born in 1975 and is the father of two children. The qualified pedagogue and emergency paramedic has been involved in the psychosocial emergency care of children and young people who have experienced a wide variety of accidents for over 15 years. He is Professor for Emergency and Rescue Management at the Medical School Hamburg, and in parallel he heads the Institute for Emergency Education in Essen.

Dr. Andreas Krüger
is a specialist in child and youth psychiatry and psychotherapy as well as couple and family therapist. He focuses on children, young people and families who have developed psychological and other problems under extreme stress. As a senior physician at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, he built up and managed the trauma outpatient clinic for children, adolescents and their families. He is also the founder of the Ankerland Therapy, Counselling and Information Centre. The association is dedicated to helping severely traumatised children, adolescents, young adults and young unaccompanied refugees.

Dr. Andreas Müller-Cyran
is a deacon and paramedic. He studied philosophy, theology and psychology in Munich and worked as a paramedic. He is the founder of the'KIT-Munich', an institution in which acutely mentally traumatized people are cared for within the scope of the rescue service. Since the attacks in the USA on September 11, 2001, he has repeatedly worked for federal authorities when German citizens abroad are affected. He works as a pastor (deacon) in the archdiocese of Munich and Freising, where he works as a pastor for the professional fire brigade of Munich and the Bavarian mountain rescue service. He was awarded the German Cross of Merit for his work.

Bernd Ruf
is a special and Waldorf teacher and co-founder of the Freie Waldorfschule Karlsruhe as well as co-founder and headmaster of the Parzival Competence Centre for Education. In addition to his international lecturing and seminar activities, he has been involved in various committees and organisations for the promotion of Waldorf Education since 1993. Since 1987 he has also been managing director of the Friends of Waldorf Education. In 2006, a further area of responsibility was added with the establishment and management of emergency pedagogy (crisis interventions in war and disaster regions). In numerous international missions children all over the world can be supported in coping with their traumatic experiences. In autumn 2014 Bernd Ruf also initiated the admission, accompaniment and schooling of unaccompanied minor refugees at the Parzival Centre in Karlsruhe, where he also set up an emergency pedagogical ambulance.


Dr. Christian Schopper
After studying medicine in Tübingen, Dr. Christian Schopper completed his specialist training in neurology, psychotherapy and psychiatry. From 1994 to the present day, he held various management positions in the fields of psychology and neuromedicine. He holds a teaching position in anthroposophic medicine at the University of Zurich in the Department of Naturopathy. In addition to his extensive publication and lecture activities at home and abroad, he accompanied an emergency educational commitment of the Friends of Waldorf Education in the Gaza Strip.

Martin Straube
has been an anthroposophical doctor for over 30 years. Before that he ran one of the largest HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in Pforzheim, worked as a school doctor at three Waldorf schools in the Ruhr area and at the same time as a lecturer at the Institute for Teacher Training in Curative Education in Witten and at the Ita Wegman Education Centre in Wuppertal. He worked for 10 years in Commission C at the Federal Health Office (now Federal Office for Drugs) as an expert for the approval of anthroposophic drugs. In addition to lectures and seminars on anthroposophic medicine, he has travelled several times on emergency pedagogical missions.

Dipl.-Psych. Thomas Weber
was born in 1967. He is Managing Director of the Center for Trauma and Conflict Management (ZTK) GmbH. He developed an interdisciplinary concept of medium-term aftercare for victims of violence and accidents and after so-called major loss events as well as the concept of collegial aftercare after occupational assaults. In addition, we support an aid organisation in the area of stress management and aftercare after traumatic experiences. In addition, he conducts further training in institutions and administrations in dealing with psychologically conspicuous clients/clients and crisis management.



  • 330 € regular fee (incl. full board without breakfast)
  • 290 € Early-booker fee, payment by May 10th, 2019 (includes all meals except breakfast)
  • 170 € reduced fee(pupils, students and participants, incl. full board without breakfast)
  • 50 € bed and breakfast, ONLY in connection with a participation fee (collective accommodation with own sleeping bag & sleeping mat)

Directions to Parzival-Centrum

Directions in PDF form

Report on Emergency Pedagogy Conference 2017 - read it here


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    Disaster in Indonesia

    The severe earthquake and tsunami in October brought death and destruction to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.  In order to support the traumatised people in coming to terms with their experiences, an emergency education mission took place in the crisis region in November. more

  • +++ 01.11.2018 +++

    Help for the Philipines

    A team of the emergency pedagogy flies from 27.09. to 08.10. to the Philippines. Together with four local colleagues they will support the victims of the typhoon "Mangkhut". The storm caused serious damage in the Philippines and cost the lives of many people. Landslides and mudslides further aggravate the situation. more

  • +++ 10.11.2018 +++

    Mission in Gaza

  • +++ 13.07.2018 +++

    NOTE: Annual Emergency Pedagogy Conference 2019

    From 20 to 23 June 2019, the eighth annual emergency pedagogical conference will take place in the premises of the Parzival Centre in Karlsruhe.
    Under the title "Emergency pedagogy - How pedagogy can help injured (children's) souls", we will focus on the basis of emergency pedagogy at our next annual conference.

    Program and further information

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