Interdisciplinary cooperation
in Psychosocial interventions

A Case Study on Refugees

What is this project about?

The InterAct project identifies and addresses success factors of cooperation between Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Speech Therapy and Health Care Education in psychosocial interventions for refugees, by combining teaching and training models, experiences from practice and corresponding research evidence.

The InterAct programme has created the following:

Who we are

The InterAct project collects experiences from refugee centres in four European countries (Germany, Greece, Spain, Sweden) through the collaboration of academic institutions and creates transfer of these experiences to regular Psychosocial Support Practice, Education and Research.

IB Hochschule Berlin

The IB University of Applied Health and Social Sciences is represented at five study centers in Germany.

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National and Kapodistrian

University of Athens

The oldest academic institution of modern Greece runs 43 Departments and 183 Master Studies programmes in the Greek capital.

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Universidad de Vic Catalunya

The University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC), is a Catalan university with premises in Vic, Manresa and Granollers.

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Karolinska Institutet Sweden

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world´s leading medical universities. It offers a broad range of education in Medicine and Health sciences.

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HCI Productions Finland

HCI Productions is an innovative company focused on web-based learning and competence solutions. 

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A closer look at InterAct’s results:

Educational Toolbox on Psychosocial Practice 

The interdisciplinary Educational Toolbox on Psychosocial Practice contains a flexible Curriculum and Modular Learning & Teaching Elements, that can be used by higher education study courses or interdisciplinary study courses in Health-Related or Social Studies, like: Psychology | Social Work | Occupational Therapy | Physical Therapy | Speech Therapy | Health Care Education | Pedagogy

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Practice Guidelines

The Practice Guidelines – Handbook for Practitioners are directed towards organisations and single professionals active in psychosocial interventions. The purpose is to describe experiences and to provide structured guidance for organisation and implementation of cooperative Interdisciplinary Processes in Psychosocial Work. They are available for download in English, German, Greek, Swedish and Spanish.

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Policy Recommendations

The Policy Recommendations address Health Care Education and Delivery Care Systems Policies | To identify perspectives of the different target groups | To give recommendations which may contribute to political development on national and EU level | To raise attention to concrete needs of minorities, lecturers, practitioners and students | To develop resources for social development

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Multiplier Events, but in the form of Online Webinars due to COVID19 restrictions, successfully followed the two Learning – Teaching Events that took place in Berlin and in Athens.

Online Webinar from UVIC, 16/12/2020: International Disseminating Event

An international approach to the three goals or “products” of the InterAct Erasmus+ programme.

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Online Webinar from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 12/12/2020

The presentation of the three results of InterAct’s Programme to the Greek audience.

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Online Webinar from Karolinska Institutet, 25/11/2020

On November 25th, InterAct’s team in Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, will present online the three goals or “products” of the InterAct Erasmus+ programme.

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Online Webinar from IB University of Applied Health and Social Sciences, 12/11/2020 & 10/12/2020

On November 12th and on December 10th 2020, InterAct’s team in IB University of Applied Health and Social Sciences in Berlin, will present online the three goals or “products” of the InterAct Erasmus+ programme.

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2nd Learning –Teaching Event, Athens, 21-25 October 2019

It was held in Marasleion School Premises in Kolonaki, one of the oldest teachers’ school of modern Greece.

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1st Learning –Teaching Event, Berlin, 6-10 May 2019

IB Hochschule, IB University of Applied Health and Social Sciences premises in Germany held our first learning – teaching event.

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Latest News

5th Partners’ Meeting Online

Even though we did not meet in Berlin as originally planned, we had the opportunity to schedule and complete online the 5th Partners’ Meeting on the 21st and 22nd of September.

October is the month when we finalised our Educational Toolbox, Practitioner’s Handbook and Policy Recommendations. The dissemination involved the organisation of educational seminars in Germany, Spain, Greece and Sweden. We go through the final phase of the InterAct project full of inspiration, energy and enthusiasm, grateful to be part of this creative synergy.

Workshop on Cultural Humility

Eirini Adamopoulou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and Margarita Mondaca (Karolinska Institutet) completed a workshop on “Cultural sensitivity in the context of migration and diversity” along with a team of 20 international students of Psychology, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy (Chile, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, USA, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands).

The workshop took place in the context of the International Week and Community Based Rehabilitation course organised by Karolinska Institutet each year. Even though from a distance, we were able to inter-act and bridge our cultural differences. We wish to thank everyone for their participation.

Online Meeting

Teleconferences substitute physical presence due to COVID19. We continue to work remotely, sharing our compassion and solidarity especially with refugees and asylum seekers, one of the most vulnerable groups in our society, on which InterAct project focuses.

4th Partners’ Meeting, Stockholm

This one was successfully completed in Stockholm in the 4th and 5th March 2020. A very big “Thank You” to our hosts from Karolinska Institutet. We continue our collaborative journey inspired and energised!

3rd Partners’ Meeting, Athens

The third partners’ meeting was conducted on 21st to 22nd of October 2019 at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

2nd Partners’ Meeting, Berlin

The second Partners’ Meeting was conducted between 6th and 7th May 2019 in Berlin.

1st Partners’ Meeting, Vic

Our first ever Partners’ Meeting took place on the 3rd and 4th December 2018 in Vic, Catalunya.

Online Exhibition

Photovoice Project

During the summer and autumn of 2019, a group of disabled migrants met on several occasions to talk about life as a disabled migrant in Sweden.


“We want to be listened”

Disabled Refugees Welcome (DRW) community organisation operating in Sweden members talk to “InterAct: Interdisciplinary Cooperation in Psychosocial Interventions” team about issues concerning them in the context of the Erasmus+ Programme: Interdisciplinary Cooperation in Psychosocial Interventions: Psychology | Occupational Therapy | Social Work | Physiotherapy | Health Care Education | Speech Therapy.

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Colours make the world go round

“If we were to assign a colour to each cultural community, the result would be a multicoloured picture of the World”. “It is important to keep in mind that there is no such thing as the average refugee”. Participating students of the “InterAct: Interdisciplinary Cooperation in Psychosocial Interventions: A case study on refugees” Erasmus+ Programme create a beautiful video on the different ways the refugee issue became tangible to each one of them while attending the programme.

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Refugees through Marc Sanye’s camera

The Spanish photographer captures significant moments of refugees’ resilience.

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