Berlin - 39 of the around 34,400 psychological and medical psychotherapists as well as child and adolescent psychotherapists nationwide have knowledge of sign language. This emerges from response by the federal government to small request from the Greens in the Bundestag, which is available to the Deutsches Ärzteblatt.
The information is based on self-assessment that the therapists made for the Federal Medical Register in 2018. As the Federal Ministry of Health (MBG) also writes, the number does not allow any statement to be made as to whether the psychotherapists actually offer therapies in sign language. The government does not have concrete figures on this, they say.
In the opinion of the Greens, the number is too high low. "A needs-based care of deaf people is not guaranteed", emphasized Corinna Rüffer, spokeswoman for disability policy of the Green parliamentary group. She pointed out that it is particularly difficult for people with cognitive or hearing impairments to find psychotherapeutic offers that they can use.
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The politician welcomed the fact that the psychotherapy guideline was adjusted last October so that cognitively impaired people receive more time units and can include caregivers if they wish. It is also positive that the Statutory Health Insurance Physicians' Associations are obliged by the Appointment Service and Supply Act to inform disabled people about access options to care To enable adequate access to psychotherapeutic care ”. She demanded that the needs of people with disabilities should be conveyed in psychotherapy training. An improved offer for therapists to learn German sign language would also be desirable.