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I-REACH Project

BMBF-funded collaborative project I-REACH: Effectiveness of transdiagnostic psychotherapy in an online-based versus face-to-face setting for Arabic-speaking refugees

Duration: 2019-2024

Project lead: Prof. Dr. Babette Renneberg

Academic staff: Dr. Johanna Böttcher, M. Sc. Christina Wirz, Ines Mahr

Contact: M. Sc. Christina Wirz (c.wirz[at]fu-berlin.de)

Prof. Dr. Christine Knaevelsrud (Freie Universität Berlin) is in charge of the overall cooperation network

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Background

Refugees and migrants are particularly vulnerable to mental illness due to traumatic events in their home countries, during their flight as well as post-migration stressors. Mental disorders such as PTSD, anxiety and depression are widely spread among refugees. At the same time, treatment resources for this group are limited and refugees suffering from a mental disorder are rarely given psychological treatment or advice.

Goal

The aim of the randomized control group study is the scientific evaluation of an Arabic-speaking, culturally adapted, transdiagnostic psychotherapy based on the Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA). Two therapy formats are to be compared. An internet-based version of the transdiagnostic therapy is compared with face-to-face therapy as well as with a waiting control group. The study follows a threefold (online versus face-to-face versus waiting list) randomized-controlled design.

Network partners of the research network I-REACH:

  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Medical School Berlin
  • Universitätsklinikum Leipzig
  • LVR-Klinik Köln
  • Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf