THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCES BEHIND A NEW TREATMENT OPTION

In cooperation with the social psychiatric day centre Holmstrupgård, the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Science has introduced a new treatment option for young people with mental disorders.

2014.02.07 | Tine Bagger Christiansen

The Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences behind a new treatment option

The social psychiatric day centre Holmstrupgård has collaborated with professor Preben Bertelsen from the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences at Aarhus University and Aarhus Municipality’s youth centre (Ungdomscentret) on a project at Enggården, a section of the youth centre treating young people with mental disorders. This collaboration has resulted in an entirely new method of treatment called existential psychology.

On the basis of the existential psychology method, the Danish financial newspaper Monday Morning has declared Enggården to be one of the 50 most innovative welfare solutions.

Apart from regular classes in Danish, mathematics and English, the young people at Enggården are also offered programmes, which teaches them the life skills that they need in order to lead ordinary lives. Fundamentally, it is about being able to participate in one’s own life and engaging with others, being able to reconcile reality with expectations and seeing life from both one’s own and other people’s perspectives.

Each of the ten young people registered at Enggården at a time go through a programme that is specifically designed to teach them the life skills that they need. As opposed to other institutions, at Enggården the young people only stay at Enggården during the day, and after the 15-month programme there is no option to extend.

Further information

Preben Bertelsen

Professor Preben Bertelsen

Mail:  pb@psy.au.dk

Tel.: 87165806

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