According to the Barnahus Quality Standards, a Barnahus or similar service should provide mental health services and treatment, by professionals who have specialized training and expertise. Mental health assessments and treatment should be routine, and interventions for both the child and the caregivers should start as soon as possible.

In this 2-part webinar, we will take a deeper look into the concrete value of embedding therapeutic services at the Barnahus, how to meet the standard, and the impact for children and their caregivers.

Introduction to therapeutic services at the Barnahus

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The first of this 2-part webinar will be a general introduction to therapy at the Barnahus, including the important role of therapy as part of the multidisciplinary response, and also what the role of the therapist is in the multidisciplinary intervention. The speakers will also discuss ethical issues, referral and long-term follow-up. The webinar is presented by two speakers from Norway: Mr Erlend W. Djup from Bergen and Ms Trude Lindø from Kristiansand.


Mr Erlend Wittrup Djup is a clinical psychologist with a specialization in clinical work with adults, gaining his degree at the University of Bergen, Norway in 2010. After working with traumatized children and families in South Africa, he worked as a consultant for an international research project in Tanzania. The topic of this research project was the effect of malnutrition and parental cognitive functioning in the early development of children. He has experience from in-patient and out-patient clinical practice at several branches of public health care and in private practice. He has also worked as a school psychologist and as an expert for child social services, and has since 2018 worked at the Barnahus in Bergen. Trauma has been a topic of interest for the entirety of his professional career. He is a certified EMDR-therapist, and has also had additional training in structural dissociation of the personality and in the mental health of army veterans.

Ms Trude Lindø is a special educated teacher. She has a master degree in violence and traumatic stress from the Medical faculty at the University of Oslo. Her specialization is learning disabilities connected to traumatic stress. Trude is certified EMDR-therapist and is taking part in ongoing training in sensorimotor psychotherapy connected to the Sensorimotor psychotherapy Institute. She is also certified as a Rosen Method Body therapist. Trude is working as a Senior Executive officer at the Barnehus in Kristiansand in the southern part of Norway. She has earlier been working in the Family Welfare Service, and from 2008 to 2017 in a psychiatric outpatient clinic with children and youth from 0 – 18 year old, working with a wide spectre of disorders connected to complex trauma and dissociation. She also runs her own practice as a body therapist, mainly working with adults.

Therapeutic assessment and treatment at the Barnahus

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The second of this 2-part webinar will present concrete examples of how trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT) is delivered at the Barnahus, and how to ensure follow-up and long-term support for each child. The speaker will also discuss the importance of the mental health assessment, and the importance of play when working with small children. The webinar is presented by Paola Cardenas, psychologist and family therapist at Barnahús Iceland.

Speaker: Ms Paola Cardenas: During the past five years, Paola Cardenas has been working as a psychologist, family therapist and forensic interviewing at Barnahus. At Barnahus, she has specialized in forensic interviewing and trauma-focused psychotherapies such as TF-CBT, CBT and EMDR. Before Barnahus, Paola worked as a psychologist and chief psychologist at the Children’s Prevention and Treatment Team of the Suðurnes Hospital and Health Center and prior to that as a project manager and psychologist at the headquarter offices of the Icelandic Red Cross.

The PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.

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