Graduate Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Trainer for Psychotherapy, Supervisor.
After working in the emergency medical services, Simon Finkeldei studied psychology at the Julius Maximilians University Würzburg. After working in out- and inpatient-psychotherapy for various clinics, he established an outpatient practice in 2006. Since 1999 he has been active in both psychosocial emergency care and emergency psychology. In 2007 he co-authored the APSN concept developed by Tita Kern and supported the implementation of the pilot project „KIDS – Kinder nach belastenden Ereignissen stützen" at ASB München. Simon Finkeldei is deputy chairman of the Trauma Hilfe Zentrum München e. V. and Deputy Functional Leader of the KinderKrisenIntervention der AETAS Kinderstiftung (www. aetas-kinderstiftung. de). As a lecturer he has teaching assignments on crisis intervention/emergency psychology, suicide prevention and trauma therapy.
Crisis intervention with for children after high-stress life experiences
APSN as a trauma-preventive early intervention approach
The sudden loss of a loved one, being confronted with the subject of suicide or experiencing any other extreme life event are challenges for children and caregivers, that can touch on limits. Ranging between natural mourning processes and the development of clinical trauma disorders, lost security, shaken understanding of one's own world, intrusive images and difficult questions put families in unfamiliar and often frightening situations. In addition, caregivers do not only have to cope with their own stress, but at the same time support and stabilise their children. How do we strengthen caregivers as stable reference points for children‘s perception and establish safe stepping stones for both them and their children in the time immediately following the event, which can rightly be described as psychotraumatologically crucial? What do children need immediately after a stressful or potentially traumatising event and how does their processing differ from that of adults? This talk covers the concept of „Aufsuchende Psychosozial-Systemische Notfallversorgung“ (APSN), according to which the AETAS Kinderstiftung (www. aetas-kinderstiftung. de) in Munich works. Using concrete examples, early risk factors of processing and key points of the multiple award-winning concept, which goes into action both after individual and collective experiences (e. g. attacks or serious accidents) to reduce acute suffering and to preventively support healthy early processing, will be presented.