ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre


Name of organisation/institution

ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre

Name of your focal point

Relinde Reiffers

Email of your focal point

Phone of your focal point

0031 (0)88 - 3305117 / 119

Website URL

Organization details

Knowledge institution

Description of your organisation/institution

ARQ National Psychotrauma Center is a mental health care institution, which has all psychotrauma expertise under one roof. We offer preventive support and advice, conduct scientific research into psychotrauma and provide education and training. We care for people with psychotrauma complaints through screening, diagnostics and treatment. We also advise organizations and the government on the arrangement of care for those affected. We have been doing this since World War II, with a strong focus on innovation; for the Netherlands but also worldwide. The department ARQ International works to support the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of people affected by war, disasters and the aftermath of traumatic events in low- and middle-income countries. Through research on, and development of, effective psychological and psychosocial interventions for these populations, ARQ International bridges the gap between theory and practice, between academic and field knowledge.

Description of your main WPS related activities

a. ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre will continue to support and give specialised mental health care to women affected by Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) as a result of war and human trafficking in the Netherlands and in conflict affected areas. b. ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre will capacitate staff and strengthen health systems in linking Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and psychological, social consequences of SGBV in conflict affefcted areas. c. ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre conducts and disseminates (scientific) research with a gender focus in the studies on the impact of traumatic events and psychotrauma. d. ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre will capacitate organisations and contribute to the research and development on the intergration of MHPSS and peacebuilding, with a focus on gender and community based initiatives. e. ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre will capacitate staff and organisations in staff care and stress management for those who are supporting communities affected by conflict and SGBV in particular.

Strategic outcome

4. Relief, reconstruction and recovery - Meet the needs and contribute to the empowerment of women and girls

Sub-outcome 4

4.1 Improved physical, mental, psycho-social health of women and girls, 4.3 Humanitarian response is conflict- and gender -networks sensitive and - responsive; main role for local women’s organisations and

What type of investments will you make to contribute to the selected outcome(s)?

Financial, Policy, Advocacy, Progammitic


The Netherlands, Democractic Republic of Congo, Kurdistan Iraq, Palestinian Territory, Ukraine, Kenya, Somolia, South Sudan.

What is the time frame for your pledged outcome(s) and investment(s)

5 years - 2025