Development of an In-Depth E-Learning Curriculum for Additional Qualification in Trauma Education and Trauma Therapy as well as the Development Safeguarding Measures in Institutions





E-Learning, Qualifizierung, Traumapädagogik, Traumatherapie, Schutzkonzepte, Gefährdungsanalyse

Project Management

  • Profilbild von Prof. Dr. med. Jörg M. Fegert

    Prof. Dr. med. Jörg M. Fegert

    Ärztlicher Direktor der Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie/Psychotherapie

Cooperation Partners

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Kölch, Rostock University Medical Center

  • Prof. Dr. Frank Neuner, University of Bielefeld

  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schröer, University of Hildesheim

  • Prof. Dr. Mechthild Wolff, Landshut University of Applied Sciences

  • Prof. Dr. Ute Ziegenhain, University Hospital Ulm

  • Dr. Marc Schmid, UPK Basel



Background & Aim of the Project

The aim of the project is to offer professionals, who work with sexually abused and/or multiply traumatized children or who are responsible in institutions for the protection against (sexual) traumatization, a well-founded advanced training opportunity based on up-to-date scientific knowledge.

Within this project, four online courses were generated and evaluated:

  • Course I: Trauma Therapy (
  • Course II: Trauma Education (
  • Course III: Safeguarding Measures in Organizations - Developing Safeguarding Measures in a Participatory and Mindful Way (
  • Course IV: Basic knowledge of child protection in institutions – an online course for managing positions (

Pedagogical and medical-therapeutic professionals are the target group of these courses. The courses on trauma therapy (“Traumatherapie“) and trauma education (“Traumapädagogik“) are meant to enable participants to offer better support to children and adolescents having experienced sexual abuse or other traumatic events. Anyone being  responsible for the protection of children in institutions can learn to analyze potential risks for child maltreatment in institutions and to develop safeguarding measures participatively (“Schutzkonzepte in Organisationen – Schutzprozesse partizipativ und achtsam gestalten“). The online course for managing positions on basic knowlege of child protection in institutions (“Leitungswissen Kinderschutz in Institutionen – ein Online-Kurs für Führungskräfte“) has been designed specifically for the tasks of managers in the context of child protection. Managers in leading positions are enabled to initiate and to actively shape the development of safeguarding measures as well as to create a trauma-sensitive environment in the institutions (care facilities, schools or clinics) they manage.

Description of the Project

During the first project period (2014-2017) three testing cohorts participated in the course. Nearly 1,500 people have completed one of the courses. The results of the accompanying research show a high degree of satisfaction with the courses and the learning materials on offer, as well as an increase in knowledge and capacities.

All four courses have been certified by the State Medical Association Baden-Württemberg.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research extended the funding until the end of 2019. During this second project period (2017-2019), a tool to raise a participation fee was tested, concepts for workshops were developed and workshops were conducted and evaluated. Also during this period, the online courses proved to be attractive for the target groups – in total, 824 people finished one of the courses. They stated to be very pleased with the content of the courses and found the participation fee adequate.

Due to a cooperation with the German Hospital Federation, the free of charge participation in the two online-courses “Safeguarding Measures in Organizations” and “Basic knowledge of child protection in institutions – an online course for managing positions” is possible since May 2019 for employees of hospital being a member of the Federation.

Contact Address

Funded by

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)