1: Early Aid-Plus (Frühe Hilfen-plus)
of an extended intervention programme (Early Aid-Plus/Frühe
Hilfen-plus) for children in the first two years of life
Aid-Plus offers practical help, counselling, and support for
parents from pregnancy onwards and for families with young
children. They especially aim at families who feel overwhelmed in
their daily lives with the child and who search for support.
Subproject 1 of the UBICA II Consortium at the Clinic for
Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy of Childhood and
Adolescence at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen has the aim of
verifying whether the work of the Early Aid can be further
supported by mentalization-based teamwork and supervision.
Mentalization skills describe the ability to empathize with others
in order to facilitate the handling of difficult relationship
situations in families supported by the Early Aid-Plus team. In
particular, this project examines whether greater compliance and
improved acceptance of support can be achieved by strengthening
the mentalisation skills of the professionals, improving the
networking of helper systems and consistent and coordinated access
to families with all team members. In addition to a higher
educational competence of the families being cared for through the
Early Aid-Plus program, we expect a relief of the skilled workers
and an improved climate of the Early Aid-Plus teams.