RCT at the Solution Focused World Conference in Bad Soden

The Solution Focused World Conference took place on 22-24 September 2017 in Bad Soden, Germany (near Frankfurt) with 350 participants from over 30 countries. RCTs psychologist Dragana Knezić, together with Stephen Langer, Ph.D., director of Northwest Brief Therapy Training Centre and a clinical psychologist, held a workshop “Short-term SF Group Intervention for Syrian Refugee Torture Survivors”. They presented an innovative four session group intervention that was developed at Rehabilitation Centre for Stress and Trauma and applied in work with torture survivors as a part of EU funded project “Rehabilitation, empowerment and integration of asylum seeking torture survivors.”

Steve Langer trained the staff of project partners: Rehabilitation Centre for Stress and Trauma (Croatia), Exilio Centre for Refugees and Torture Survivors (Germany) and OMEGA Transcultural Centre (Austria) and later consulted RCT in developing this group intervention. It was developed using solution-focused principles and methods to help groups of torture survivors deal with traumatic experiences in their home country and during migration. There was an emphasis on integrating their experiences and empowering the survivors to move forward to a new life in the EU countries.

                            Photo: Dr. Klaus Schenck

The workshop at the SF World Conference included the elements of each session and what seems to be working well so far. Preliminary data on outcomes are also presented, both outcomes for the beneficiaries and for practitioners using the SF approach in group setting with torture survivors.
Round 30 Conference participants from different fields took part at this workshop showing great interest for the group intervention and work of RCT and partners in this project. Workshop leaders received a lot of positive feedback, which strengthened RCT representatives in enthusiasm regarding SF application in working with trauma survivors.Foto: Dr. Klaus Schenck

            Photo: Dr. Klaus Schenck

SF World Conference offered more than 70 different workshops, lectures, presentations, talks and open spaces covering wide range of fields: psychotherapy, counselling, social work, guidance, coaching, organizational psychology and many more, covering both theory and practice of Solution Focused. Next year it will be organized in Sofia, Bulgaria.