Online intervention for difficulties with interpersonal loss

Online interventions have been firmly shown to be as efficient as face-to-face psychotherapy to treat several mental disorders. However, empirically validated online interventions are still very scarce in French, and to our knowledge, no such intervention exists to support people struggling with grief and separation. The present project aims to develop and test such an self-help online intervention, based on an existing German program developed at the University of Bern (LIVIA). It will be proposed in an unguided form, and with the following innovations aimed at fostering adherence and efficiency:

  • A focus on personal resources and hope induction
  • Innovative ways to foster relationships and support
  • Interactive content and design of the website
  • A forum to promote peer-support
  • Automated e-mail support

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The present project is part of the IP212 of the NCCR LIVES and has been granted a 4-year funding by the Swiss National Science Foundation


Prof. Valentino Pomini
Liliane Efinger, PhD student
Maya Kheyar, PhD student
Laurent Berthoud, Senior Postdoc researcher
Mihaela Moga, student-assistant


Dr. Jeannette Brodbeck, University of Bern
Prof. Thomas Berger, University of Bern
Prof. Hansjörg Znoj, University of Bern
Tanja Bellier-Teichmann, PhD, Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève

Involved Master students


Laure Bongard, Adrien Bornet, Mathieu Frossard, Nathanael Joye, Patricia Giobbi, Mihaela Moga,


Carolina Bodmer, Dominique Flück, Elena Gervasoni, Aaricia Perrig, Priscilla Schatzer, Mélissa Roy