ReCAP - Culturally adapted Psychotherapy for Refugees

The multicenter joint project aims to put culturally adapted psychotherapy for refugees to test. It is supported by the BMBF (Federal Ministry for Education and Research).

Traumatizing experiences before and during the flight as well as challenges in their new home lead to many asylum-seekers and refugees suffering from mental illness.

For any person affected it is not easy to find the right treatment. In addition they have difficulties in making use of westly oriented treatment offers. This leads to the suggestion of a culturally adapted stepped-care approach which combines interventions for several subgroups of refugees and asylum-seekers.

The primary aim of this network is to investigate the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of three new, timely limited and culturally adapted psychotherapeutic interventions for refugees and asylum-seekers and to improve the psychotherapeutic treatment.


The project includes three multicenter randomized controlled studies:

  • Project 1 (SP 1 “LoPe”) compares the effectiveness of a short program of psychoeducation (“Gesundheits-Teegarten” / “Health tea party”) as a low-threshold interventions with a wait-list group.
  • Project 2 (SP2 “ReTreat”) aims to evaluate culturally adapted cognitive therapy (CA-CBT) as a 12-step transdiagnostisch group interventions for refugees in comparison to treatment as usual.
  • Project 3 (SP3 “ReScript”) sets a focus on Imagery Rescripting as individual and specific treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for refugees. The project compares this intervention and treatment as usual.
  • Project 4 (SP4 “Gesundheitsökonomie”/ Health Economics) researches the economic assessment of the culturally adapted intervention in Project 1-3 with health-economic evaluation evaluation methods.


ReCAP is a multi-center joint project. The projects LoPe, ReTreat and ReScript take place in four locations in Germany:


Head of the study: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Stangier, PD Dr. Regina Steil

Coordinators: Dr. Franziska Lechner-Meichsner, MSc. Psych. Schahryar Kananian, Psych. Samar Al-Sari, Dipl. Psych. Gholamreza Yeganeh


Head of the study:  Dr. Dr. Ricarda Nater-Mewes, Dr. Cornelia Weise, PD Dr. Jens-Peter Reese

Coordinators: MSc. Freyja Grupp, Mag.a. Julia Giesebrecht


Head of study: Prof. Dr. Thomas Ehring
Coordinators: MSc. Psych. Hannah Schumm


Head of study: Prof. Dr. Nexhmedin Morina

Coordinators: Dr. Antje Krüger-Gottschalk, MSc. Psych. Ahlke Kip