MindSpring in Denmark

MindSpring has existed in Denmark since 2010 and so many things have happened since we started back then. Below you will find a timeline of our activities from the beginning until now and a map of our activities in Denmark.





Founder of MindSpring, psychologist Paul Sterk, develops the MindSpring method.


Paul Sterk develops the first manual for parent groups.


MindSpring launches in Denmark under the supervision of the Danish Refugee Council.


MindSpring hosts the first Annual Assembly for all MindSpring-trainers.


MindSpring cooperates with the Municipality of Copenhagen to establish parent groups focusing on social control.


The MindSpring Centre receives a large donation from the Obel Family Foundation to develop the MindSpring Centre. The centre is involved in a research project that seeks to examine the mental health benefits of the method.

The MindSpring Centre develops new themes for MindSpring for Young Adults focusing on social control, gender equality, and sexuality.

Founder of the MindSpring method, Paul Sterk, visits the MindSpring Centre in Denmark.


The MindSpring Centre participates in The Welfare Innovation Day 2016.

Delegates from the MindSpring Centre visit the Netherlands to learn about groups for children. They also go to Australia to learn about STARRTS and the FICT-programme (Families in Cultural Transition).

The MindSpring Centre receives a large donation from the Obel Family Foundation to develop MindSpring for Children.


The MindSpring Centre educates the first team of 14 MindSpring trainers for children 9-14 years old.

The MindSpring Centre initiates cooperation with DIGNITY (Danish Institute Against Torture). The aim is to conduct a research project on the effects of MindSpring for children.

MindSpring is presented at a workshop in collaboration with the Centre for Transcultural Psychiatry and FICIT from Australia at the International Metropolis Conference in the Netherlands /the Hague.

MindSpring is presented at the conference “The Children of the Nordic Countries – Initiatives for Reception and Inclusion of newly arrived refugee children and young” in Copenhagen, organized by the Nordic Welfare Centre.

At the end of this year, 123 MindSpring trainers have been certified throughout Denmark.


In May, the MindSpring Centre participates in “The Nordic Day” in Sevilla, Spain. The conference, organised by the Nordic Welfare Centre, focuses on early preventative programmes for newly arrived refugees and families.

In September, the MindSpring Centre visits “The Nordic Child Welfare (Nordisk Børneforsorg) Congress” in Reykjavik Iceland. The congress focuses on exchange of approaches and ideas to ensure the welfare of children. Among other things, we highlighted the preventive aspect that the MindSpring-method offers for children with refugee backgrounds.

The MindSpring Centre presents MindSpring Ambassadors, who communicate the MindSpring method and the positive experiences.

The pilot study of the MindSpring-method, conducted by doctor and Ph.d. Charlotte Kærgaard Sonne from the Centre for Transcultural Psychiatry, shows positive results. The pilot study shows that MindSpring-participants are very satisfied with their outcome of the group meetings. It also shows that the participants experience improvements in quality of life.


Four employees from DRC Integration participate in the trainer course for MindSpring trainers. Hereafter, DRC Integration offers the MindSpringPlus programme for municipalities and other institutions in collaboration with the MindSpring Centre.

The MindSpring Centre launches New-MindSpring, where two volunteering MindSpring trainers organise and facilitate a MindSpring group programme together without a professional co-trainer.

Together with DRC Asylum and the Immigration Service, the MindSpring Centre organises several MindSpring groups for rejected asylum seekers at the three Danish departure centres: Sjælsmark, Avnstrup, and Kærshovedgård.

The MindSpring Centre runs a successful pilot programme for MindSpring for descendants.

The MindSpring Centre gives a presentation about MindSpring at a conference in Vaasa, Finland.

The MindSpring Centre participates in the first international MindSpring conference in Böblingen, Stuttgart.

For the first time, the MindSpring Centre educates MindSpring trainers for all three target groups (parents, young adults, and children) in a joint trainer course. This means that a record number of MindSpring trainers from all over Denmark are certified in 2019.


The MindSpring Centre celebrates the 10th anniversary of MindSpring in Denmark.

In January, the Nordic Welfare Centre publishes a new report describing MindSpring as one of 5 social initiatives that live up to the National Board of Social Services’ theory of promising practice (lovende praksis).

In June, the MindSpring Centre organises the first local trainer course for ten trainers in Aalborg. The aim is to examine new hosts and strengthen the ownership and integration of MindSpring as a continuous programme in Aalborg.

In the biannual trainer course in September, two associate professors from Novia University of Applied Sciences in Finland participate virtually (due to COVID-19). The aim is to implement MindSpring in the Health and Social Care programmes of the university so the method can support professional integration work with newly arrived refugees in Finland.

In October, the MindSpring Centre hosts a successful conference for professionals working with children or families with refugee backgrounds.

The MindSpring Centre initiates the process of translating the three MindSpring-manuals to English: MindSpring for Adults, MindSpring for Young Adults, and MindSpring for Children. These will be available in 2021.