Children can also cope with headaches

“Stop the Headache” helps to reduce or eliminate chronic tension headaches and/or migraines in children and young people between the ages of eight and fourteen.

Goal of the weekend training from the 14th/15th. September 2013 is to treat the pain effectively before it becomes chronic and to train the students to become headache experts in their own right. The children's ability to help themselves is promoted. At the same time, professional medical diagnosis, advice and treatment are made possible in collaboration with the nationwide treatment network. The introductory event will take place on Tuesday, August 20th at 5 p.m., the weekend training on the 14th/15th. September and the closing date on Tuesday, September 24th at 5:00 p.m.

The course program is based on the experiences of a two-year study that the Techniker Krankenkasse carried out together with the universities of Göttingen and Düsseldorf.

The results of the study clearly show that many affected children can be helped: around 60 percent of the participants, who usually suffered from headaches more frequently per week before the course, experienced a significant improvement in their illness. Medication intake also fell by around 40 percent.

If you would like to register your child, you can reach the network's organizational telephone number at 0431-20099-400 or

The prerequisite for participation is a medical certificate stating that the child has been suffering from tension headaches and/or migraines for more than 6 months.

The TK provides each participant with the course materials and, as part of the reimbursement the treatment costs for the children and young people insured with it.

The course program


1. Anamnesis/exploratory interviews (possibly by telephone/4-6 weeks before the weekend seminar):

–     medical certificate

–     structured headache interview SIKI

–     Information about the training and the process

–     written consent from parents

2. Recording the initial situation

– Keeping a headache diary for 3-4 weeks

Course of the training:

  • 1st meeting on Tuesday, August 20th at 5:00 p.m

“The Headache Seeer”

–    introduction of participants

–    FIF and DRAK – the training companions

–    Topic overview/organization/rules

–    Psychoeducation

–    Headache diary

Keep your headache diary for another 2 weeks until the weekend

  • Sessions 2-7 (or 8) as a weekend seminar:
Saturday | September 14, 2013
Sunday | September 15, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

2. “The Stress Manager”

Headache triggers – recognize/avoid/manage

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (together with parents)

Review/summary of Saturday's sessions

Together: mini relaxation / fantasy trip

Movement break (30 min) Movement break (30 min)
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

3. “I, the relaxation boss”

Introduction to PMR

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

6. “The I am Ok Master”

Confident handling

(possibly parallel under medical supervision: information event for parents

Taking medication?)

Lunch break 12:30-1:30 p.m Lunch break 12:00-1:00 p.m
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

4. “The Thought Specialist

Turn black thoughts into colorful thoughts

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m

7. “The Problem Fighter”

Problem-solving stairs

Movement break (30 min) Movement break (30 min)
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m

5. “The Attention Checker”

Effects of attention
attention and CS

3:00 p.m. conclusion

Conclusion: 8. “The Headache Staircase”

Further information about the training can be found here