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Gain expertise - become a compliance expert

Next certification course for compliance officers starts in late 2011

What requirements does a compliance management system have to fulfill? How do companies and administrations protect themselves from white-collar crime? How do companies prevent false accounting? Training as a certified compliance expert at the Berlin-based School of Governance, Risk & Compliance at Steinbeis University Berlin provides answers to all these questions. The next course starts in October.

The certification course runs in parallel to full-time work and builds on participants’ specialist knowledge of compliance. It also provides a strong theoretical grounding as a step into this new vocation. On completion, students are a Certified Compliance Expert (CCE). The course takes one year, involving 35 classroom sessions covering core competences with direct reference to business practice. For example, the course looks at management and company liability issues, setting up compliance structures, in-house investigation and international inquiries, media training for professional crisis management and best legal practice when dealing with fraud. This graduate degree program is targeted at specialists and managers in all sectors of industry, from companies, public administration and other organizations, as well as people working in specialist departments such as legal areas, auditing, fraud management, compliance and even HR.

Recognizing and treating psychological trauma

Bachelors, masters and courses in psychotraumatology

The Steinbeis Transfer Institute for Psychology and Psychotherapeutic Science (IPPTW) is offering a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in psychology and psychotherapeutic science, and certification courses to become a specialist caregiver, advisers and therapist.

All courses are aimed at addressing the lack of skilled workers in psychotraumatology. Before the 1990s, very little was known in Germany about the effects of psychological trauma as a psychological and psychosomatic disorder. Even today, it often takes years for the medical system to recognize traumatic effects, let alone treat them. Many patients have to wait years for psychotherapy. Even 20 years after it became an established occupation, psychotraumatological psychotherapy still boasts few professionals. As a rule, patients are treated along traditional lines such as behavior therapy or psychoanalysis. The reason for this mainly stems from the lack of understanding of psychotraumatological issues and therapies. There are also not enough ways for therapists to gain such specialist knowledge.

Further, at a fundamental level any professional first coming into contact with a traumatized person needs a specialist understanding of traumatology. This is particularly true for firefighters, the emergency services, the police, the military and HR managers. By recognizing symptoms early and taking appropriate preventative action – on a primary, secondary or tertiary level – there is a significant opportunity to mitigate psychological and physical suffering.

During the bachelor’s degree, students can already acquire a certificate as a “Specialist Adviser in Psychotraumatology”. The bachelor curriculum has been designed to provide the right mix of scientific and practical background for people wanting to go into clinical consulting or organizational psychology consulting. Alternatively they may want to enter research, teaching or psychotherapy practice.

During the master’s degree, students can build on their understanding of research and practice. Students are given a thorough grounding with an emphasis on psychotherapeutic science, in some areas arming them with skills that go beyond traditional clinical psychology. After graduating, they can gain their medical license on the road to setting up a practice for psychotherapy out-patients.

The fundamentals laid out during the certification courses mainly come from the field of psychology and psychotraumatology. Afterwards, students can specialize in more detailed areas of practice.


Prof. Dr. phil. (habil.) Gottfried Fischer, Dipl.-Psych.
Steinbeis Transfer Institute for Psychology and Psychotherapeutic Science (IPPTW, Berlin)

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