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The leading team of the IEPG

Prof. Dr. med. Hermes Andreas Kick

Managing Director

Hermes Andreas Kick is Professor of Psychiatry at Universitaet Heidelberg. He is the Director of the Institute for Medical Ethics, Psychotherapy and Health Culture (IEPG) in Mannheim. He has published many scientific contributions on the manifold problems of depression therapy and the rehabilitation of psychoses. In his examination of current social areas of crisis he has turned towards ethical questions and questions about the formation of values on the basis of an anthropological approach. In contrast to frequent discussions about the unavoidable marketing orientation in health care, he has taken a stance against the overhasty profit orientation in medical practice and clinics as a universal remedy for the necessary therapy of the ailing health care system. He has warned about the mistreatment of patients as mere clients, and pointed out the negative consequences. Those who swim against the tide are not always applauded, but they do reach the sources. From the sources we reach the origins of our anthropological and humane presuppositions. This orientation is necessary in order to be prepared for future crises. We are working in order to avoid threatening imbalances and derailments by careful and ethically inspired action.


Hermes Andreas Kick is a member of many scientific institutions, including the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is not only cooperating with scientists, but also entertaining relations with various artists and leading figures in politics and business. Ethical and aesthetical questions, artistic recognition and responsible realization as practical syntheses belong to the central challenges of our modern society. Together with the renowned composer Violeta Dinescu he has realized a series of musical productions in the Mannheimer Ethic Symposium regularly taking place in the Mannheim Castle.

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Arno Remmers

Counseling and Mediation in health care affairs

Arno Remmers is a medical expert in general medicine and psychotherapy. He has been working for many years as a teacher and trainer for psychotherapy in individual, group, and family therapy. He is especially interested in intercultural problems of psychiatry and psychotherapy. He has undertaken extensive research e.g. on the intercultural comparison of depression in the relation to family structures mainly in Eastern Europe.

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Dr. phil. Dipl.-Psych. Heinz Scheurer

Empirical research in Psychotherapy

Heinz Scheurer has gained practical experience for many years in research into the effectiveness and quality of psychotherapeutic approaches and methods as well as in other areas of empirical research into psychotherapy. He has undertaken and published many studies on the treatment of addiction, aggression and forensic psychology.

Dr. phil. Dr. rer. nat. Walter von Lucadou

Empirical research in Psychotherapy

Walter von Lucadou is a physicist and a psychologist. He is among a small number of serious-minded scientific experts for parapsychological phenomena with a remarkable presence in the media. He lectures at various universities and other institutions of higher education as well as being co-editor and editorial journalist of a scientific journal for parapsychology and border regions of psychology entitled »Zeitschrift für Parapsychologie und Grenzgebiete der Psychologie«. His publications belong to the standard literature in the realm of theoretic conceptions and therapeutic treatment in the border regions of psychology.

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Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Wolfram Schmitt

Anthropological foundations and methods

Wolfram Schmitt studied literature, philosophy and medicine in Tuebingen and Heidelberg. After his doctorate in medicine at Tuebingen University, his postdoctoral thesis in history of medicine qualified him as a full professor at Heidelberg University. The Institute for the History of Medicine at Heidelberg University was at that time directed by Prof. Dr. Heinrich Schipperges. After his training as a specialist for neurology, psychiatry and psychotherapy, Wolfram Schmitt worked at the psychiatric clinic of Heidelberg University. He has been medical director of the Sonnenberg clinic in Saarbruecken. In the last decade he has done extensive research on basic ethical questions and their relevance for clinical therapeutic practice starting from problems in the history of medicine.

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Institute for Medical Ethics, Psychotherapy and Health Culture

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