Trias Berlin

New approaches to multiprofessional collaboration in extremism prevention

TRIAS Berlin bridges the gaps between pedagogy, social work and the psychological and therapeutic occupations in the field of extremism prevention. Through its networking activities, it offers a range of interdisciplinary prevention measures. Within the scope of the model project and collaboration of Violence Prevention Network and Fachstelle Extremismus und Psychologie, it develops ways of involving psychotherapists in the field of extremism prevention as mental health experts. Their role will be based on the conciliatory work performed in similar contexts.

Components of the Berlin model

Contact and advice centre
Violence Prevention Network is establishing a psychotherapeutic contact and advice centre that offers conciliatory case advice to social pedagogues as and when needed. In addition, it is developing distancing and reintegration assistance and family counselling services with psychotherapeutic support, which will be available on an appointment basis and in the form of acute interventions or short therapies. When needed, clients may be referred to longer-term psychotherapeutic support.

Multiprofessional network
The contact and advice centre works with a network of psychotherapists offering inpatient and outpatient support. It expands its network as needed. Its members contribute by developing quality standards, offering consultation services on questions of occupational law, providing intervision and supervision, and coordinating referrals to psychotherapists by contacting institutions and outpatient clinics.

Patients with radical tendencies
The project team is also setting up a dedicated advice service for psychotherapists who have noticed radical tendencies in their patients. This will facilitate a transfer of knowledge and experience that also covers interdisciplinary aspects. TRIAS issues briefing papers on the psychological and psychoanalytical aspects underlying radicalisation and extremism, also touching upon aspects of tertiary prevention. Plans include a series of lectures aimed at psychotherapeutic institutes, specialist associations and professionals in the field of prevention and the associated regulatory structures.

Professional exchange
TRIAS engages in an interdisciplinary and academic exchange with professionals in the field of extremism prevention and deradicalisation. The project represents its concept and makes specialist information and experiences available.

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Social necessity

TRIAS adds a psychological and psychotherapeutic dimension to the existing support services for individuals who are ready to distance themselves from radical scenes and reintegrate into society. Previously, these services were offered on a social and pedagogic basis only. The purpose of TRIAS is to support the process of deradicalisation and rehabilitation by making psychotherapeutic support and treatment available. Family members of radicalised young people are encouraged to seek advice from the project. It also responds to the need for multiprofessional services aimed at reintegrating people with children who have returned from formerly IS-occupied regions into society. Structures management of returnees requires local psychotherapeutic providers who can treat traumatised or psychologically damaged children, teenagers and adults appropriately. TRIAS integrates those providers into a professional network and offers them specialist advice as and when needed. It is also partnered with the NEXUS (Psychologisch-therapeutisches Netzwerk Justiz und Extremismus) project, which works with the correctional facilities and probation support services in Berlin.

Contact

Violence Prevention Network gGmbH
Alt-Reinickendorf 25
13407 Berlin

+49 30 917 05 464
TRIAS Berlin is a part of the deradicalisation network of the Berlin Senate Department for the Interior and Sport. It is funded by the Berlin State Commission against Violence within the scope of the Berlin State Programme for the Prevention of Radicalisation (Berliner Landesprogramm Radikalisierungsprävention). The subproject TRIAS Community is funded by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.