We mainly conduct research on impact factors of work-related counseling.

The need for consulting in organizations is increasing. Determinants of the rising need for consulting of individuals, teams and organizations as a whole are: the immensely growing complexity of organizations, the need for sustainable management and ways to more agility, digitalization and finally globalization with its accompanying requirements, opportunities but also crises. At the same time, the boundaries between life-world and work-world related consulting are becoming more and more fluid ("life coaching"). Companies, public administration, health care and the psychosocial sector require support in the areas of team development, supervision, organizational consulting and coaching. This involves consulting services for executives who want to increase the efficiency of their work, but also finding answers to questions of work-life balance and coping the many contradictions, dilemmas and diversity in the postmodern working world. Getting self-reflection and action orientation through consulting is seen as the basis for maintaining organizational functioning, restoring performance or stimulating growth. Against the backdrop of a rising shortage of skilled workers and an increasingly diverse workforce (demographic change, cultural background, gender), consulting is also becoming more and more important as an individually tailored instrument for developing and retaining employees. The professional standards and methodological validation of many consulting services are still inadequate. At the Department of Theory and Methodology of Counseling, we conduct systematic counseling research on counseling in order to elevate the discourse on conseling beyond the level of practical guidebooks, texts from practice for practice, and case descriptions. The research and concept development is realized in cooperation with companies and experts from the consulting practice.

Research Projects of the Department of Theory and Methodology of Counseling

Accompanying research within the project TelPaKids (Telemedicine in specialized outpatient palliative care of children, adolescents and young adults in Hesse).

Heuristics in school-specific assignment of patients

OPD diagnostics in coaching

Digital Coaching

SDG orientation in companies


Evaluation Tyrolean Model

Evaluation of the model project "Fanscene in Change

Psychodynamically based management diagnostics and coaching

Kassel Coaching Study

Entrepreneurial attitude as a key competence of academic education

Asia-Europe Young Leaders Forum (AEYLE)

German-Israeli-Young Leaders Exchange (GIYLE)

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Self-regulation competence of fan groups of the first to third league

Evaluation and process support of the regional conferences, DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga, Frankfurt/Main

Entrepreneurial attitude as a key competence of academic education (until 2016)

Psychotherapy study on the effectiveness of catathym imaginative psychotherapy, hypnosis psychotherapy and autogenic psychotherapy (until 2016)

Evaluation of the organizational development process of expert AG

Psychoanalytic case supervision in inpatient and outpatient youth welfare services

Competence development of psychotherapists in training

Leadershipdevelopment in the third sector: German-Israel "X-Change for Competence

GEnderMAINStreAMing. Achieving change - GEMAINSAM. Field-typing adaptation of the theoretical framework model and the diagnostic instrument

Interdisciplinary education as part of the bachelor's degree programs in physical therapy and nursing. Cooperation agreement with the Catholic University of Applied Sciences Freiburg.

Evaluation of the online counseling of the Catholic Federal Conference Marriage-, Family- u. Life Counseling with special consideration of the research of the effect factors

The coaching process under the magnifying glass. About difficult situations, breaks in the working relationship and coaching supervision (Jannik Zimmermann)

A context sensitive approach to coaching (Isabell Diermann)

Achieving goals with the Woop method in leadership (Garcia Tamara)

Serious games in psychotherapy (Jessica Helen Huss)

Dual Career Coaching (Philipp Ziegler-Rehak)

Team Coaching (Carmen Manggold)

Alessa Müller: Towards A Better Understanding of Workplace Coaching: On Goal Activities, Exploration Practices, and Coaches' Life Satisfaction

Ulrich Siegrist: The Role of Felt Sence in Coaching - An Explorative Study

Christel Baatz-Kolbe: Shame - the neglected emotion in inpatient geriatric care

Guido Flattern: How do Balint groups work?"

Ariane-Sissy Wagner: Conflicts in international companies

Carolin Grassmann: Negative Effects For Coaching Clients And Coaches And Implications For Their Prevention

Christian Sell: Effectiveness Study on Katathym Imaginative Psychotherapy and Hypnosis Psychotherapy

Gisela Zemsch: The psychoanalytic training supervision - Thinking under fire

Katrin Oellerich: Negative effects of coaching and their causes from an organizational perspective. A mixed methods study

Silvia Deplazes: KaSyCo category systems for the analysis of coaching processes - instrument development and application examples

Rabea Haag: Derailment among managers

Silja Kotte: German-Israeli Leadership Development: An Evaluation Study

Gaby Duppert: Extended Suicides from a Forensic Psychological Perspective - A File Analysis of 31 Cases