Manfred Günther (psychologist)

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Manfred Günther (* 1948 in Bochum ) is a German social work scientist and emergency school psychologist a. D. and teacher who works today as a coach and author; he lives in Berlin-Lichterfelde and on La Palma and has a daughter.

Life and accomplishments


Manfred Günther comes from a family of miners in the Ruhr area and graduated from high school in 1968 at the boys' high school in Witten . After studying philosophy, journalism at Kurt Koszyk and psychology in Bochum as well as financial statements at Klaus Holzenkamp and Eva Jaeggi in Berlin he completed a teaching degree ( Employment Studies / Economics) degree from the PH Berlin . In addition to his job, he first acquired VT and Self Management with Frederick Kanfer from 1977 , studied "Psychosocial Care" from 1985 to 1987 with Dieter Kleiber's team and from 1999 to 2001 completed training as a mediator .

Professional practice

In 1977 Günther became the therapeutic director in a special education home of the Diakonie . Between 1977 and 1980, the primary school principal Hugdietrich Schroeder and Manfred Günther set up one of the first school replacement projects in West Berlin in Lichterfelde . In 1979 the school psychologist (who was a practical student of the equally prominent school psychologists Klaus Schüttler-Janikulla and Erich Perlwitz) exchanged views with Howard W. Polsky , discovered Sam Ferrainola's Glen Mills Schools near Philadelphia and, in 1980, attended the Bridge Over Troubled Waters and Robert White School , Boston . During business trips, he explored other psychosocial projects in different countries.

From 1982 Günther designed a psychosocial concept youth (right) counseling with a housing project for young adults in the center of West Berlin for 17 years in his main job with JOKER . In 1986/87 he coined terms such as differential pedagogy and youth welfare station in his "Psychodschungel" book , founded and headed the state working group youth counseling and living until 1997 in order to temporarily co-chair the performance center for psychological and medical services after further training in cost and performance accounting to become.

As a representative of the interests of adolescents , Manfred Günther provided a draft for Section 41 of Book Eight Social Code in 1989 and further legal positions in 1994, which were incorporated into the Berlin Implementation Act for the KJHG , for which Thomas Krüger was politically responsible . In addition to small monographs, he published over 20 journal articles, numerous book reviews - most recently the publicly controversial polemic against Andreas Müller's end to social romance , interviews, glosses and the list of pocket money for children and young people, which is updated every two years . In media such as the SFB , FAB ( Hallo Berlin ), the blog "Väterzeit" and the ZDF morning magazine , he appeared and still appears as an expert.

Part-time engagement includes lectures, moderation, coaching and workshops - e.g. B. for the BAG-Catholic youth social work, for the Alliance Democracy Now , at the German Youth Welfare Day 2004 in Osnabrück, for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung , for the Schweinfurthstrasse house, for the DPWV office managers of the five new federal states, the LISUM B. -B. , for NeUhland, UnderstandingBus DVJJ and Tönstör (Switzerland) and most recently in 2015 at the Child Protection Day of the Caritas educational and family counseling centers in Württemberg; From 2012 to 2014 Günther also worked in online psychological counseling. In October 2014, he published the current legal situation in German child protection in the Tagesspiegel .

The Brandenburg Ministry of Culture commissioned Manfred Günther to develop the curriculum certificate courses for youth social work

After the amoktat in Erfurt , Günther switched to the German Forum for Crime Prevention , which worked between the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior, because of an expert commission from the Minister President's Conference , won Herbert Scheithauer for the cooperation, was also a speechwriter for Rudolf Egg and speaker of the Federal Working Group Youth Social Work - Police and the Bund-Länder-AG on domestic violence and schools .

From 2007 until reaching retirement age in 2013, Günther worked in Berlin as an emergency psychologist - responsible for the focal point Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district .

Manfred Günther continues to work primarily as a specialist book author and coach.


Günther has received around 50 lecturer assignments so far ; Since 1975 he has been a regular lecturer at various technical colleges , universities and academies, including the Pädagogische Hochschule Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin , from 1979 to 1995 University of Applied Sciences for Social Work and Social Pedagogy / Alice Salomon University Berlin , Burckhardthaus der Caritas , CJD Academy , from 1991 until 2016 houses in Schweinfurthstraße and Am Rupenhorn , Social Pedagogical Training Center Brandenburg ( today merged: SFBB in the Glienicke hunting lodge ); JAW Qualification Unit; 1999 to 2002 Freie Universität Berlin , Academy for Social Professions Berlin, Administrative Academy Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin (Institute for Rehabilitation Sciences) and from 2011 to 2014 Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences .

His topics include practical skills , therapeutic concepts and techniques, care structures, violence prevention and crisis intervention methods and, above all, youth welfare law related to professional practice .


Manfred Günther had refused military service in 1966 at the age of 17 ; In 1969 he was a founding member of the u. a. " Republican Clubs " organized by Christa and Detlef Thierig in his hometown of Witten. After moving to West Berlin, he first became a member of the “RotZePs”; later he turned to real socialism in protest against the coup in Chile . From 1975 he was responsible for organizing the campaign against radical decrees , rule requests and professional bans in the teaching staff of the PH Berlin .

His eurocommunist positions, including discussions with Jan Vogeler and Wolf Biermann's expulsion, brought him to the opposition group “ Die Klarheit ”. As a result, like Annette Schwarzenau , he looked for a new political home, became a member of the Alternative List for Democracy and Environmental Protection in 1983 and founded a. a. with Jasenka Villbrandt the “ youth welfare area ”. During an eight-month special leave he worked in 1990 a. a. with Susanne Stumpenhusen in an ÖTV solidarity brigade in Massaya / Nicaragua . Because of increasing differences with officials of the Bündnis90 / Die Grünen movement , the psychologist has not been involved in party politics since 2005.

Memberships and Functions


Articles (selection)


  • (with Kurt Kersten): Youth in Wilmersdorf 1984. An empirical study on time awareness, leisure and problem behavior of young people in the district , BA Wilmersdorf v. Berlin, Youth Department, 1985
  • Psychodiagnostics , outpatient therapy and accommodation in curative educational or clinical facilities. A study of indication problems in adolescents with mental disorders in psychosocial services , Berlin 1986
  • (with Sebastian Braunert): On the situation of the education and family counseling centers in Germany . Framework conditions, prevention, cooperation , Bonn 2005


Quotes on "Help! Youth welfare."
from the foreword by Jörg Fegert

“There are committed teaching texts that always reflect an attitude, the empowerment of the weaker and often neglected, the exposure of the institutions and the establishment, the criticism of the jungle of so-called help offers in the psycho scene with their own laws. "

from the PaperPress review "Read Manfred Günther's book and you will learn what to do so that children and young people have a future."

Literature (reviews)

  • For the book Young People in the Berlin Psycho Jungle, see: Britta Grashorn Odysse for 'Noticeable' , in Blickpunkt 1/2 1989 or Manfred Liebel in: Sozial Extra , September 1989 or Albrecht Müller-Schöll in: Sozialpädagogik H 5, 1988 as well as Ursula Lang in: Berliner Teacher's newspaper H. 10, 1988 and Ed Koch in: Paper Press v. September 19, 1988
  • for the brochure Rights of Young People see: Annebel Ugrinsky, in: Jugendhilfe , 35 (1997) or Paper Press of June 16, 1997
  • For the book Almost everything that is young people's right see: Astrid Bache, specialist portal of child and youth welfare /
  • on the essay on primary prevention and educational competence see: Comenius Institute, FIS
  • on the article Relationships between youth social work and the police see: DJI, FIS (2006/1)
  • For the youth-age dictionary, see: Peter F. Appenheimer Education for democracy is violence prevention in: Forum Kriminalprävention 1/2011 or book tip of the month in: Jugendhilfe H. 6/2010 as well as Dorothea Dohms in: 'Socialnet' reviews, 15. April 2011
  • on the essential educational role play : Peter F. Appenheimer in Trialog 17, 2018
  • to the book Help! Youth welfare. see Ed Koch in paperpress (newsletter & print) 14.10.2018 online; print 111/2018; 2. see La Palma Courier No. 12/2018, p. 26; 3. see Google Books "What others say"
  • For the book Everything is Right for Young People, see PF Appenheimer in: Trialog 18, 2019

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Training with Mechthild Eisfeld in the Freiburg Mediation project
  2. Günther in the Berlin Alliance for Extrajudicial Conflict Resolution
  3. cf. in addition his essay Alternative Concepts for 'Non-Schoolable' and Delinquent Adolescents in the USA
  4. cf. Thomas Ulbrich: The Robert White School , in: Social Pedagogy (23) 1981
  5. 'The historical Joker Concepts' (PDF) accessed on February 27, 2011 (.pdf; 174 kB)
  6. also Wolfgang Jantzen, special educator / disabled educator, used this term as well as that of the "neuropedagogue"; In 2001 Wilhelm Brinkmann picked it up and gave an introduction to "Differential Pedagogy"
  7. Article. (PDF) In: Jugendhilfe , Heft 6/2013, p. 470 ff.
  8. vä What is the pocket money for? , accessed February 14, 2012
  9. Pocket money… . In: Berliner Morgenpost , February 14, 2012
  10. Search for ZDF interview: Bar or with card (September 20, 2012)  in the ZDFmediathek , accessed on January 31, 2013. (offline)
  11. see "Child protection without law", Tagesspiegel from October 8, 2014
  12. Curriculum “Youth Social Work” . (PDF; 90 kB); online, accessed June 2, 2010
  13. as download; see. Report of the working group 'Promotion of networking and cooperation, in particular through basic, advanced and advanced training using the example of police and youth social work in violence prevention' , seen on on May 16, 2017 (.pdf; 160 kB)
  14. Fear of a possible rampage in: Die Welt
  15. Manfred Günther, Johannes Jahn and Karin Röhrbein: Chile - revolutionary process and imperialism in: Konsequent 14, 1973
  16. ; accessed on June 3, 2019
  17. Survey on the situation of parenting and family counseling centers (PDF; 2.5 MB) DFK , accessed on March 20, 2016
  18. ^ Dohms reviews the Socialnet dictionary , accessed January 9, 2012
  19. ↑ Brief review in the La Palma Kurier, Christmas edition
  20. ^ Günther's "Jugendhilfe" in Google Books