ELSE-FRENKEL-BRUNSWIK-INSTITUTE for Democracy Research in Saxony

Universität Leipzig
Ritterstraße 26

POSTFACH-NR.: 348003

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Psychosocial counseling for municipalities and civil society organizations

The Else-Frenkel-Brunswik-Institute (EFBI) is developing an advisory service for politically and civil society groups, communities and organizations. The aim is to increase the empowerment and expansion of the ability to act by strengthening psychosocial skills and accompanying reflection processes.



Groups, initiatives and municipalities working in politics or civil society are confronted with a number of challenges on a daily basis. In addition to external factors, such as financing the work, there are also psychosocial challenges.

We see conflicts as an unavoidable and potentially even helpful part of working together in groups. They can productively advance the work through their critical potential. However, there is a risk that deadlocked conflicts, contradictions arising from political work, and conflicts with the environment will also limit the ability to act and the political effectiveness of one's own work. This can result in resignation, the efforts seem pointless, motivation decreases, commitment threatens to fade away or the group splits.

Our advisory work begins with these difficulties of political work.


The work of the team at EFBI is psychoanalytically and systemically oriented. At the beginning there is the offer of a situation and resource analysis of the respective group. The counseling should assist in the development and formulation of one's own counseling goals. This can result in a joint (further) development of the group goals. In the further process, the shared experiences in the respective group can also be worked on with regard to their future development.


The counseling service is open to groups active in politics or civil society who see their ability to act as limited and want to reflect on the work in the group for clarification.


Counseling is provided by employees of EFBI who are undergoing further training to become group psychoanalysts, depth psychological and/or psychoanalytic psychotherapists or systemic therapists and consultants at certified training institutes.

The advisory service is free of charge.


If you are interested or have any questions, send an email to: