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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.
Lecture: "When I’m grown up, I want to be a pediatrician."
Trauma therapeutic short-term treatment of a refugee child (pentagram trauma therapy)
A special psychotherapeutic treatment is often useful or necessary for the sustained processing of a trauma. As with early intervention, a resource-oriented approach and the use of protection measures are also important here. In addition, there are stabilisation and integration techniques. On the basis of the child trauma therapeutic short-term treatment of the 9-year-old Afghan refugee child Javid and with short imaginative, interactive self-experience exercises from the 5-stage pentagram trauma therapy, a first empathy into the work is made possible.


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.
Lecture: Child and catastrophe: Current findings from the KiKat research project
The KiKat research project aims to investigate and further develop psychosocial emergency care for children and adolescents in complex situations of danger and damage. First project results will be presented based on interviews with affected persons, emergency services, psychosocial emergency helpers and experts, an extensive literature research as well as the evaluation of training and emergency documents. From this, recommendations for emergency precautions and assistance in/after a disaster can be derived in order to better support children and young people in coping with what they have experienced in the future.


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.
Lecture: Overcoming trauma effects: Together with children and adolescents, recognize, understand and heal psychological injuries.
Helpers and emergency pedagogues need trauma-psychological expertise to identify young people with post-traumatic disorders (PTSD). If there is suspicion of a disorder, it is advisable to encounter the child and its social environment in a language suitable for children that is sensitive to development and trauma. In this way, impairments caused by traumatic stress can be effectively influenced and long-term consequences of unrecognized PTSD avoided. As a pilot project, the Ankerland Trauma Therapy Centre offers young people sustainable, demand-oriented care.


Bernd Ruf

is a special and Waldorf teacher, co-founder of the Freie Waldorfschule Karlsruhe and co-founder and headmaster of the Parzival Centre. In addition to his international lecturing and seminar activities, he has been the managing director of the Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners e.V. since 1987. In 2006, he added the field of emergency pedagogy (crisis interventions in war and disaster regions). In autumn 2014 Bernd Ruf initiated the admission, accompaniment and schooling of unaccompanied minor refugees at the Parzival Centre in Karlsruhe.

Lecture: Soul Tsunamis: Specific Aspects of Anthroposophical Emergency Pedagogy for Children and Adolescents in Disasters
Numerous studies show that children and adolescents experience and deal with traumatising emergencies differently from adults. The risk of developmental delays and mental illness, which can impair individual and professional performance in their biographies, is high. In the context of Waldorf Education's spiritually expanded understanding of the world and of humanity, concepts of intervention for children and adolescents are described and specific aspects of anthroposophical emergency pedagogy are presented.


Hermann Saur

is deacon and leader of the emergency pastoral care in the archdiocese Munich and Freising. He is involved in 'KIT-München', (Care for acutely psychologically traumatised people). In the last ten years he has repeatedly worked for federal authorities when German citizens abroad are affected, e.g. when the Germanwings plane crashed in the French Alps, in Paris after the terrorist attacks or on Giglio after the accident of a cruise ship. In the train accident in Bad Aibling, he was in charge of the psychosocial emergency care on site. For the emergency services of the voluntary fire brigades in the district of Munich, he works as a pastoral counsellor.

Lecture: The psychosocial acute care at the amok run in Munich on July 22, 2016
In Munich, an 18-year-old pupil killed and injured numerous people. When the police found him, the perpetrator shot himself. The rampage was characterized by rumors of shootings, resulting in panic/escape, many injured themselves. After about 8 hours the operation was over, but the work of the emergency counselors continued for days. The speaker was a PSNV executive himself. He gives an overview of the steps taken and points out possibilities and limits, strengths and weaknesses of psychosocial acute care.


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.
Lecture: How resilience develops in childhood and adolescence - newer findings and their application
The concept of resilience is a central modern concept of psychotraumatology, emergency pedagogy and education in general, which is becoming increasingly important. It describes the power of resistance, i.e. the dimensions of the ego, which enable the person to defend oneself against traumata, difficult conditions and strains, to protect oneself and to survive. The lecture will take a closer look at this and include more recent results of trauma and resilience research in the sense of positive psychology and stress and attachment research.

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.
Lecture: When the biography tears apart - The consequences of trauma up to the extinction of the life motivation
What drives a biography, what is the power that enables development, why do children want to grow up, why do we always strive for more? This inner fire of motivation should be considered. Perhaps it is one of the most profound trauma consequences that this fire goes out in some people, at least the flame burns less. This fire is guarded by an animal - the vernacular calls this being the " internal pig dog ". The lecture deals with the construction and function of the inner pig dog and its species-appropriate cage keeping.


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.

Lecture: Crisis management and medium-term psychosocial aftercare after major disasters – The concept of structural interdisciplinary aftercare
Psychosocial care after major damage is a complex task for specialised professionals, which must be tailored to the specific local conditions. It is important to have a coordination unit that controls and monitors all the necessary work steps. Major loss situations can lead to psychological/physical impairments in the form of trauma sequelae, often threatening social decline or loneliness. To prevent this is to be regarded as a core task of psychosocial and pedagogical aftercare.

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