Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) as a Treatment for Traumatized Refugees and Post-conflict Populations

  • Frank NeunerEmail author
  • Thomas Elbert
  • Maggie Schauer


Humans are experiencing wars that target primarily civilians and that are characterized by mass recruitment into armed forces and atrocities. An increasing number of victims is forced to flee from wars and persecution. Following the traumatic events experienced in the context of war and flight, a large proportion of post-conflict populations and refugees is traumatized. Refugees face additional stressors as host countries are not well prepared to meet the mental health needs of incoming refugees. Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) is a short-term, robust, low-threshold, evidence-based and disseminable treatment module that aims to restore psychosocial functioning while counteracting human rights violations. This treatment has proven to reduce posttraumatic stress disorder even for war victims living in low resource settings and conditions of ongoing threat.


PTSD Refugee Treatment Narration Trauma-focus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinical PsychologyBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Clinical Psychology and NeuropsychologyUniversity of KonstanzKonstanzGermany
  3. 3.Centre of Excellence for PsychotraumatologyUniversity of KonstanzKonstanzGermany

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