Study goals and benefits

The efficacy and effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for refugees are significantly influenced by the cultural sensitivity of the interventions. For example, several systematic reviews and meta-analyses have shown that culturally adapted psychological interventions are generally more effective than non-adapted treatments. Thus, experts in this relatively new field of research recommend that clinical interventions should be systematically adapted using accepted guidelines by detailing the adapted elements and procedures of the adaptation process.

Following this recommendation, CUMI aims to increase knowledge and competences about cultural adaptation of mental health interventions in all participating associations, to bundle them and to standardize the state of knowledge. This should enable a standardization of processes and ensure a high quality of cultural adaptations and the resulting interventions.

The following sub-objectives will be pursued:

(i) Expert workshops: Utilizing expert input and advice on cultural adaptation processes for mental health interventions, increasing the (cost) efficiency of training interventions through bundling, improving the quality of adaptations, improving the effectiveness of adapted interventions.

ii) Intervision of the cultural adaptation process for the consortia, quality assurance: promoting collegial exchange, joint problem solving.

iii) Common templates for documentation of the cultural adaptation processes in the consortia and support for documentation, systematic documentation of the adaptation processes for quality improvement and assurance, use of synergy effects, dissemination of experiences and results.


Dr. Christina Kampisiou
+49 30 838 55420

Freie Universität Berlin/ Fachbereich Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie
Schwendenerstraße 27
14195 Berlin

FU Berlin


Prof. Dr. Christine Knaevelsrud, Freie Universität Berlin, Abteilung für Klinisch-Psychologische Interventionsforschung

Frau PD Dr. Eva Heim, Universität Zürich