Team

Prof. Dr. Christina Stadler

Prof. Dr. Christina Stadler

leadership START NOW

I adapted START NOW for adolescents and brought it to europe along with Professor Trestman from the USA. It was a lot of fun to support the implemention in Germany, Switzerland and Holland. The exchange of information with the START NOW trainers and the adolescents, as well as their feedbacks motivated us to expand and to further develop the program. Here’s one expample of a sentence of an adolescent in my START NOW session, which impressed me a lot: “With the tears of the past in my eyes I can’t see my future. That’s why I need new strategies, which help me NOW.” That’s where we want to support adolescents with our START NOW strategies: Slow down, Take a distande, Accept, Respect und Take Action.

It’s important for me to implement therapeutic helpful strategies in the daily routine of adolescents in order to encourage them, as well as their caregivers and promote a good relationship between them.

Dr. Linda Kersten

Dr. Linda Kersten

START NOW instructor

I already worked with START NOW during my psychological studies – first in the USA with Professor Trestman, who originally developed START NOW and later in Basel for the European research project that tested START NOW in youth welfare institutions. Within this project, I worked as a START NOW trainer and later as an instructor in Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. In the last two years, I have been working as a clinical psychologist with adolescents and young adults, especially by using START NOW.

Especially, I’m inspired by the diversity of the START NOW program, which has already accompanied me across several stages of my life and has always proven itself effective in different contexts – both for the participants and for me. Therefore, returning to Professor Christina Stadler’s research group is not only a professional enrichment but also offers me the opportunity to actively continue accompanying the development of START NOW.

Janine Alfano, MSc

Janine Alfano, MSc

START NOW trainer, coordination of training and workshops

During my studies of psychology, it was already important to me to combine clinical practice and science. The experience in professional practice gained in the field of clinical psychology and my preference for positive psychology led me to follow the path of prevention and health promotion, including in my own practice My desire to start at the beginning of the chain led me to the START NOW project, where I was already working for the European research project as study coordinator in Professor Stadler’s team.

START NOW is a great program for children as well as adolescents and it’s ideally eligible to teach them strategies for effectively coping with their specific needs concerning their development – before clinically relevant dysfunctions occur. I am therefore all the more pleased that START NOW has now successfully found its way into schools and that I can involve in making START NOW available as a preventative measure to even more schools and young people.

Dr. Chiara Chillà

Dr. Chiara Chillà

Project leadership of START NOW Prävention Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz in the French-speaking region of Switzerland

The development of resilience and a good management of emotions allows children to feel better, easily get in touch with others and avoid the onset of psychiatric disorders in adulthood.

In French part of Switzerland, where I teach in schools and work as a Doctor of Psychology (in hospital and in private), I was able to see the importance of teaching these skills to children, adolescents and adults. This work is done both as in prevention and/or in mental illness setting.

The possibility of being part of a group specialising in the study and teaching of these skills is essential to me.

I am happy to participate in the implementation, coordination and teaching of this project in French-speaking schools in Switzerland.

Alex Traut, MSc

Alex Traut, MSc

PD Dr. Noortje Vriends

PD Dr. Noortje Vriends

START NOW instructor and trainer

Noortje Vriends worked at the UPK Basel until February 2020 as a senior researcher in the department of Professor Stadler and led the prevention project START NOW-7. She is a START NOW trainer and instructor and will continue to occasionally offer START NOW workshops.