The CORESZON Team

We are a diverse, interdisciplinary group of trainers, clinicians, social workers and scientists united by a shared passion: Bringing people together to strengthen community wellbeing. 

Monica Blotevogel

Program Lead & CORESZON Trainer English/German

One of the things I’m most grateful for in my life is the chance to work with my team and our partners to find answers to a question that has fascinated me for as long as I can remember: What gives people the strength to overcome (and often even grow from) crises?

Before we started CORESZON the with Peter Moerle Foundation in 2017, I spent many years working with children, young people and their families at our Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. It was from these families that I learned most of what I know about resilience, navigating individual, collective and systemic challenges and, most importantly, the infinite value of good relationships. 

As we build CORESZON with a growing, diverse community dedicated to changing how we talk about and “do” mental health, I am constantly reminded of how lucky I am to be  able to learn from others and share the knowledge we gather with each individual and community we have the privilege of writing yet another chapter in our story about community resilience with. My greatest hope is that we get to share this adventure with as many people as possible.  

 

Houda Backhaus

CORESZON Trainer Arabic/English/German

… which is pronounced like “Buddha”! This pronunciation tip is an example for something I’ve been doing for a long time: creating spaces for mutual understanding and letting them grow. Because so often, we mean the same thing, but express it in different ways!

This is key to my work as a CORESZON Trainer; pursuing the question of what unites us humans and gives us the strength and courage to navigate challenging times has played a role in all of my previous ventures. With my CORESZON colleagues, I’m finally able to dedicate myself to finding answers – and am loving it!

I teach in German, English and of course my native language, Arabic. The joy I feel when people share their knowledge and experience and when I have the chance to see how they “translate” our tools into their own lives are my greatest sources of strength. 

Philipp Wolf

CORESZON Trainer German/English

Before I came to work with CORESZON, I spent many years helping families and children navigate challenging times as a social worker with Child Services. One of the most valuable lessons I learned was: The things that give us joy in difficult times and our sources of strength and hope are just as diverse as we humans and the values, customs and aspirations that we strive to realize in our lives. 

With CORESZON, I hope to improve access to the many resources that we tend to overlook when the going gets tough. And I’m convinced that the best way to do this is by letting ourselves be inspired by the people and communities we meet. 

Khorsheed Rezay

CORESZON Trainer Dari/Farsi/German

My pathway to becoming a resilience trainer began long before we started CORESZON. For over 20 years, I’ve been working as an interpreter for Dari/Farsi alongside individuals and families that seek care in our psychiatric services at the University of Hamburg Medical Center. The many lessons I’ve learned in this work about the different paths that lead back to our inner strengths and how helpful relationships give us a sense of safety shape the values we cultivate together. 

 

Today, the in resilience Workshops that I do in German, Dari and Farsi, witnessing how we are able to give each other strength when we share our knowledge and skills with each other is a constant source of joy – especially when this happens between different cultures! It’s moments like these that drive my enthusiasm for raising awareness for the vital role of relationships for growing resilience. 

Dr. Dana Barthel

Research Lead

Anna Baumeister

Research and Public Relations

When I started working with CORESZON as a student research assistant in 2017, I had no idea where this journey would lead me… Now I’m working as a psychologist on our Research Team and helping build CORESZON’s public relations. Being part of this and seeing what CORESZON ist growing into has been an amazing opportunity! 

My dedication is driven by the many challenges, big and small, that we face and overcome as a young, constantly learning organization – and the constant “hunt” for the latest neuroscience research that helps us adapt and evaluate our methodology to make it as effective as possible for the people we share it with.  My thanks goes out to the many people whom I have the privilege of learning from and who help us make this happen!

 

Our growing Trainer Network

Our Vision: every community, everywhere has someone who can share simple knowledge and skills with neighbors, colleagues, family and friends. Each new Trainer brings new skills, knowledge and helpful perspectives to our Network – and helps us widen our reach as we work together to realize our common goal. 

Johanna Haupt

CORESZON Netzwerk-Trainerin

Johanna Haupt ist eine der engagierten Trainer*innen, die CORESZON zum Wachsen bringen – jede*r mit  ganz eigenen Kompetenzen und Erfahrungen, die uns als Gemeinschaft stärken!

Johanna arbeitet, malt und singt seit 20003 in Hamburg. Ihre kreative Arbeit und ihre langjährige Erfahrung in der Zusammenarbeit mit Frauen, die Krisenzeiten durchleben, prägen ihre Haltung als Resilienz-Trainerin mit CORESZON: eine Wertschätzung für die Stärke, die wir aus dem Bewusstsein der eigenen Verletzlichkeit schöpfen können. 

Ihr fachlicher Hintergrund als Ergotherapeutin, Heilpraktikerin für Psychotherapie und klinische Kunsttherapeutin ist von einer vielseitigen künstlerischen Praxis getragen, die auch für unser Netzwerk eine besondere Bereicherung ist.