Aims and benefits

LoPe aims to improve access to diagnosis and therapy of mental disorders through targeted psychoeducation adapted to the needs of refugees, thus counteracting a worsening of symptoms.

In the context of the overall consortium ReCAP, the psychoeducation "Health Tea Garden" evaluated in LoPe represents a first low-threshold offer within the framework of a staged approach. This is intended to enable economic care for adult refugees that is adapted to specific needs or degrees of severity.

Additional study information

The LoPe study will be conducted as a randomized controlled multicenter study at four sites (Marburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Münster). Psychologically distressed adult refugees who have been in Germany for a maximum of 18 months will be enrolled in the study. Participants will then be randomly assigned to the intervention group (TG) or a waiting control group (TG after a 3-month waiting period).

To evaluate the health tea garden in comparison to the waiting control group and to record its medium-term effects on mental health, psychological distress and knowledge about mental disorders will be recorded immediately before and after the health tea garden. Further measurements will take place after two and after six months.


Weise C., Grupp F., Reese J.-P., Schade-Brittinger C., Ehring T., Morina N., Stangier U., Steil R., Mewes R. (submitted). Efficacy of a Low-threshold, Culture-Sensitive Group Psychoeducation for Asylum Seekers (LoPe): Study Protocol for a Multicentre Randomized Controlled Trial

Mewes R.*, Giesebrecht J.*, Weise C., Grupp F. (submitted). Development and first evaluations of a culture-sensitive, low-threshold psychoeducation for asylum seekers (Tea Garden). Clinical Psychology in Europe

*shared first authorship

Mewes, R., Reich, H., & Demir, S. (2015). Beratung nach Flucht und Migration. Ein Handbuch zur psychologischen Erstbetreuung von Geflüchteten. Potsdam: WeltTrends.


Dr. Freyja Grupp
+49 6421 282 4073

Philipps-Universität Marburg
Gutenbergstraße 18
35032 Marburg

Universität Marburg


Study Lead:
Dr. Cornelia Weise, Philipps-Universität Marburg, AG Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie
Dr. Dr. Ricarda Nater-MewesForschungs-, Lehr- und Praxisambulanz der Fakultät für Psychologie Universität Wien

Dr. Freyja Grupp, Philipps-Universität Marburg, AG Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie

Project Duration

2019 - 2024