Hector Fellow Thomas Elbert and a team of psychologists of University of Konstanz found NETfacts
The terrible wars currently raging in Europe and around the world sometimes lead to severe trauma in the affected populations. Therefore, in addition to the question of political as well as monetary support for the countries under attack, such as Ukraine, it is also important to devote attention to psychological reappraisal and assistance.
The trauma researchers Maggie Schauer, Frank Neuner and Hector Fellow Thomas Elbert developed the Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) about 15 years ago as an effective form of therapy for severe traumatization, which can also be used for mobile missions in crisis areas.
An extension of this form of therapy, the NETfacts system, founded recently by a team of psychologists and conflict researchers from the University of Konstanz, among them HFA alumni Anja Rukundo-Zeller, in cooperation with the aid organization "vivo international". This system offers the possibility to include the community in which the traumatic event took place. Thus, a collective memory is created for what happened, which is also complemented by the individual experiences of each person. Collective remembering is important, in addition to the individual coming to terms with collective traumatic events, for placing what happened in the biography of the community.