|Offer: one year training course in Berlin for qualified refugees or people with a migration background. Please click here to download|
|Ipso’s intercultural trainings (german). Please click here to download|
|Ipso’s leaflet on the refugee debate (german). Please click here to download|
|„Peace and stability through cultural dialogue and psychosocial support in Afghanistan“ funded by the German Foreign Office implemented by Ipso in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Information in Kabul. Download the documentation: Click here|
|Cultural activities in our project. Download the exhibition catalogue: Click here|
|„Supporting the integration of Mental Health into the Public Health Care System of Afghanistan“ funded by the EU implemented by Ipso in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul. Download the documentation: Click here|
|Mental Health in North Afghanistan. A contribution to peace and reconciliation funded by the German Foreign Office implemented by Ipso in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul. Download the documentation: Click here|
|Cartoon Booklet: Click here|
|Trauma Cartoon Booklet: Click here|
Ayoughi, S., Missmahl, I., Weierstall, R., & Elbert, T. (2012). Provision of mental health services in resource-poor settings: a randomised trial comparing counselling with routine medical treatment in North Afghanistan (Mazar-e-Sharif). BMC Psychiatry, 12:14.
Missmahl, I. (2006). Psychosoziale Hilfe und Traumaarbeit als ein Beitrag zur Friedens- und Versöhnungsarbeit am Beispiel Afghanistans. Psychotherapie Forum, 14 (4), 180-185.
Why you should listen to her:
From dancer to humanitarian by way of analytical psychology, Inge Missmahl’s unusual life trajectory led her to Kabul in 2004, where she saw that more than 60 percent of the population were suffering from depressive symptoms and traumatic experiences — hardly surprising in a country that had lived with ongoing violence, poverty, and insecurity for 30 years. In response, Missmahl founded the Psychosocial Project Kabul for Caritas Germany, a project that trained Afghan men and women to offer psychosocial counselling in 15 centres throughout the city.
The project has offered free treatment to 12,000 clients to date, helping to restore self-determination and well-being while breaking down ingrained gender barriers and social stigma of mental illness. Psychosocial counselling is now integrated in the Afghan health system thanks to Missmahl’s efforts. She now works on behalf of the European Union as Technical Advisor for Mental Health for the Afghan government, and is founder of Ipso (International Psychosocial Organisation), a network of experts dedicated to developing and implementing psychosocial programmes in various contexts.
“Psychological therapy is virtually unknown in Afghanistan. Until recently there were only 28 psychologists and psychiatrists in the country for roughly 30 million people.”
Martin Gerner, Qantara.de