Why train at DABATEM?
DABATEM is an independent research center with internationally recognized expertise in anxiety disorders, psychological trauma, and behavioral treatment. It has been founded in 1995 by Professor Metin Basoglu, who is one of the most prominent authorities in his field internationally. Since its foundation, DABATEM has been at the forefront of cutting-edge and innovative research on psychological trauma caused by wars, political violence, and natural disasters. It has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in these areas and recently launched various training programs with a view to disseminating such knowledge worldwide.
If you have discovered DABATEM on the Internet by chance and are not familiar with its work, please take your time to examine this website, particularly DABATEM’s research program over the years, publications, and the repercussions of its work in the world media. See also the articles in Professor Basoglu’s blog on war, torture, and earthquakes to have an idea how DABATEM’s work informs professional and public opinion through social media.
DABATEM’s last research project (a treatment study with refugees) was completed in 2017. Since then Professor Basoglu has decided not to launch any new research projects and devote his time to dissemination of knowledge through various means, including national and international training programs.
These training programs are unique in the following respects:
- Mass trauma events raise important issues of concern to mental and public health professionals, social and political scientists, human rights workers, international law experts, policy makers, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations concerned with care of mass trauma survivors. As Professor Basoglu has pioneered the development of a new science at the crossroads of medicine, mental health, social, and political sciences and human rights, his scientific research informs professionals from a wide range of disciplines. His most recent book on Torture and Its Definition in International Law: An interdisciplinary Approach is an example of the diverse ramifications of his work. His training programs provide a unique opportunity to learn about his 30 years of work on mass trauma.
- Professor Basoglu is an ardent advocate of evidence-based approach to trauma and its treatment (see his blog articles here, here, and here). His approach to trauma is distinct from many others in being firmly grounded in sound theory, stringent methodology, and empirical evidence. As such, his training programs provide a sound orientation in psychological trauma, which is of utmost importance in work with trauma survivors, particularly for beginners in the field.
- Effective dealing with the widespread mental health problems in the aftermath of mass trauma events requires a mental healthcare model based on interventions that are (1) theoretically sound, (2) proven to be effective, (3) brief, (4) easy to train therapists in their delivery, (5) practicable in different cultures, and (6) suitable for dissemination through media other than professional therapists, such as lay people, self-help tools, and mass media. Current trauma treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Treatment, do not meet more than two or three of these requirements. Professor Basoglu has conducted research with more than 15,000 mass trauma survivors in the last 30 years to develop a unique mental healthcare model that meets all six requirements. This model enables effective treatment dissemination to large survivor populations in the most cost-effective fashion.
- This mental healthcare model incorporates various applications of Control-Focused Behavioral Treatment (CFBT) – a novel treatment approach distinct in theory and practice from other evidence-based treatments. CFBT is a brief, largely self-administered, and highly effective intervention, which is based on learning theory principles originating from experimental work with animals. Unlike other treatments that aim for anxiety reduction, it aims for enhancement of sense of control over (or resilience against) trauma. Because it focuses on universals in human behavior, it crosses cultural boundaries and overcomes many of the cross-cultural limitations of other trauma treatments. Research has shown that it achieves 80% to 90% improvement in traumatic stress reactions, when delivered in single session in earthquake survivors and in an average of 6 sessions in war and torture survivors. Training programs involve varying levels of introduction to CFBT.
- As both CFBT and the mental healthcare model based on it came into existence in a developing country setting, the knowledge and experience provided by the training programs are directly relevant to the work of trainees from developing countries.
- Finally, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) is one of the most widely used psychotherapies in treatment of trauma both in Turkey and internationally. DABATEM has abandoned CBT more than 20 years ago, because of its theoretical limitations and the difficulties in its application across cultures. Training at DABATEM helps trainees gain a critical outlook on the limitations of various psychotherapies and an evidence-based understanding of how they compare with each other and with CFBT.
DABATEM has 3 training programs for applicants from Turkey, which are detailed below.
TRAINING PROGRAM I: PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA AND CONTROL-FOCUSED BEHAVIORAL TREATMENT
DABATEM provides a 3-month training program for individuals who need basic, intermediate, or advanced training in psychological trauma. Mass traumas, such as wars, regional armed conflicts, acts of terrorism, political violence, torture, and natural disasters are major traumatic events that affect large populations around the world. They affect almost every aspect of life and therefore concern a wide range of disciplines, including medical, mental health, public health, social, and political sciences, human rights, law, humanities, philosophy, anthropology, arts, and journalism, among others. This training program can cater for the needs of individuals from diverse disciplines.
Training with Professor Basoglu provides learning opportunities in the following ways:
- It provides an opportunity, particularly for beginners in the field, to gain a sound theory- and evidence-based orientation in psychological trauma and its treatment. The program can also address the needs of individuals who have strong research interests or who are planning to pursue an academic career in this field.
- Training provides an opportunity to learn about Control-Focused Behavioral Treatment (CFBT) and the mental healthcare model developed by Professor Basoglu.
- Mass traumas do not occur in a vacuum; they are closely associated (either causally or consequentially) with political, socio-cultural, and economic systems and thus an adequate understanding of mass traumas requires a multidisciplinary approach. Most training programs in psychological trauma around the world, particularly in western countries, focus solely on medical, psychiatric, or psychological aspects of trauma, disregarding the relevance of other disciplines. In contrast, training with Professor Basoglu provides an opportunity to understand mass trauma from an interdisciplinary perspective.
- Learning takes place through regular personal contact with Professor Basoglu, his tutorship and mentorship, guided reading of the relevant literature, and discussions on issues of special interest to trainees. As such, the trainees have plenty of opportunity to benefit from his wealth of experience with war, torture, refugee, and natural disaster trauma, test or develop research ideas, and gain some experience in research methodology.
The trainees will be provided publications of DABATEM and selected books and articles, and regularly given reading assignments throughout the training period to cover each topic. They will be expected to read the material and present it to Professor Basoglu for discussion in weekly (Saturday afternoon) seminars. This training method is intended to serve several purposes: (1) to familiarize trainees with (a) learning theory & abnormal psychology and (b) DABATEM’s work in the last 25 years, which is essential in understanding CFBT and how it evolved, (2) to allow the trainees to raise questions for discussion and ensure that they fully understand the contents of the reading material and progress through the training program smoothly, and (3) to assess the trainees’ performance in the learning process.
As there are currently no ongoing projects at DABATEM, training does not involve opportunities for observing delivery of CFBT, but applicants can expect to gain an adequate understanding of its theory and practice through reading assignments and discussions with Professor Basoglu. It is important to bear in mind that the training program is fairly intensive and require substantial reading. The performance of the trainees will be quantitatively assessed on the basis of a grading system devised by Professor Basoglu. This grading system will take into account the trainee’s performance in discussion sessions, as well as the results of a written exam on the topics covered at the end of the training period. Successful completion of the program will require satisfactory attendance and overall grade (which will be indicated in the certificate of training, if one is requested).
The topics listed above are not meant to be exhaustive. Trainees can raise specific issues of interest to them for discussion with Professor Basoglu. Such flexibility is intended to cater for the specific needs of the trainees. The program can also be tailored to meet the needs of trainees from disciplines other than mental health (e.g. public health, social and political sciences, human rights, law, humanities, philosophy, anthropology, arts, etc.). Trainees who are involved in (or planning) research on trauma for a post-graduate degree (e.g. Masters or PhD) can also bring up their research issues for discussion.
It is important to bear in mind that the training program is fairly intensive and require substantial reading. The performance of the trainees will be quantitatively assessed on the basis of a grading system devised by Professor Basoglu. This grading system will take into account the trainee’s performance in discussion sessions, as well as the results of a written exam on the topics covered at the end of the training period. Successful completion of the program will require satisfactory attendance and overall grade (which will be indicated in the certificate of training, if one is requested).
Although the training seminars will take place in Turkish, applicants are required to have a sufficient knowledge of English to be able to read the literature.
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Timing of training
There are four 3-month training periods during a year:
- January to April
- April to July
- July to October
- October to January
The fee for the 3-month training program is 18,000 TL + KDV.
Fees are payable either in total in advance of the training period or monthly in advance of each month.
Note that DABATEM is unable to provide any funding support for applicants (or offer paid jobs), because it is a very small center entirely dependent on income from its training programs.
Location of training
Davranış Bilimleri Araştırma ve Tedavi Merkezi (DABATEM)
Sıraselviler Caddesi, Meșelik Sok. 26/5, Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Applicants will need to go through a selection process to ensure that the training offered is likely to meet their needs. To be eligible for the selection process, please send your CV to Professor Basoglu (firstname.lastname@example.org) and provide answers to the questions below. Applications without this information will not be processed.
- What is your primary interest in training (e.g. treatment, research, basic or advanced training in psychological trauma)?
- Have you received any previous training in psychological trauma? If so, from whom or where?
- Do you have any previous training in any form of psychotherapy (e.g. psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral)?
- Do you have any research experience? If so, please briefly provide details.
- Are you currently involved in any work with trauma survivors? If yes, please briefly describe its nature.
- How did you discover DABATEM and how familiar are you with Professor Basoglu’s work?
- How do you expect to benefit from the training program? How do you think it will contribute to your future career?
- Do you need training beyond the 3-month training program (e.g. in trauma research). If so, please specify your needs in additional training and your preferred training duration (e.g. additional 3 months, 6 months, etc.).
- What are your first and second preferences among the four start dates of the 3-month training program (January, April, July, October)?
- Irrespective of the above start dates, what could be your earliest possible start date?
- What is the source of funding for your training (e.g. personal, scholarship, grant, etc.)?
Once the suitability of the training program for your needs is established, you can register for the program.
Registration for a particular training period will require an initial deposit payment of 3,000 TL. Please note that a full refund upon subsequent cancellation will be possible only if the applicant provides reasons beyond one’s control (e.g. illness, etc.) or if the training is cancelled by DABATEM for some reason. The remaining amount may be paid anytime until the start of the training period or in monthly installations.
Certification of training
A certificate of attendance at the training program can be provided, if requested. Provision of a certificate, however, will be conditional on successful completion of the training program, as previously noted.
Please note that DABATEM’s training programs have not been subjected to any external validation or certification process, simply because they are not deemed in need of any external certification. This is because Professor Basoglu is internationally recognized as one of the most prominent authorities in his field. His approach to trauma and its treatment is rather unique and does not represent mainstream thinking in the field. Furthermore, he has pioneered the development of CFBT in recent years by cutting-edge research in the field. As such, only he is in a position to assess and certify his training program. If you have accidentally discovered his name (or DABATEM) through Internet search, please make sure that you have done enough research, examine this website carefully and read the section above on Why Train at DABATEM (following the links) and his blog articles to understand who he is and what he represents in his field before considering applying for training.
TRAINING PROGRAM II: TRAINING IN TRAUMA RESEARCH
After completion of the 3-month training period, further training (e.g. up to 12 months) may be considered for applicants with interest in trauma research. As there is no ongoing research at DABATEM at present, training does not involve opportunities to observe or participate in research activities. Instead, it involves (a) guided reading on research designs, statistical analyses, and important literature on trauma (b) learning about the diverse methodologies used in DABATEM’s previous research studies, (c) exercises in analysis of data from DABATEM’s previously completed projects and write-up of research articles under Professor Basoglu’s supervision to gain some experience in statistical analyses, interpretation of results, and manuscript preparation, (d) participation in his current work (data analysis and write-up of articles for publication), and (e) gaining awareness of important issues in need of future research in the field.
It is important to bear in mind that training in research is an arduous and painfully slow process. It takes many years of hard work to become a well-qualified and independent researcher. The training provided at DABATEM is therefore merely an introduction to research on which trainees would need to build with subsequent work and experience in the process. Nonetheless, it should be useful as an introduction for trainees aspiring for a future research career or for those planning research for a post-graduate degree (e.g. PhD). Most importantly, Professor Basoglu’s mentorship might help them discover good research ideas in the field. Good ideas are very difficult to come by and they are key to a successful research career.
TRAINING PROGRAM III: RESEARCH ASSISTANT TRAINING
Professor Basoglu seeks long-term volunteer research assistants to help him with his work. Those with an interest in applying such a position need to satisfy the following requirements:
- Sufficient previous experience with trauma survivors
- Sufficient research experience
- Aspirations for an academic career in psychological trauma and high motivation for advanced research training
- A working knowledge of SPSS and data analysis
- A good command of MS Office applications
- Fluency in both spoken and written English
- Completion of the 3-month training program (subject to fees) with a satisfactory level of performance
- Completion of a three-month trial period of research assistance with a satisfactory level of performance
- Ability to hold the position for at least 3 years after the completion of the trial period
Completion of the 3-month training program before holding a research assistant position is required because of the unique history and highly demanding nature of Professor Basoglu’s work. Research assistants need to be thoroughly familiar with his past and present work (currently writing articles) to be able to provide useful assistance to him. The applicants also need to go through a trial period of research assistance. The trial period will also involve training in research and write-up of articles (e.g. data analysis and interpretation of results, literature review, manuscript preparation, etc.). Candidates need to complete both phases with a high level of performance to be offered a research assistant position.
A long-term research assistant position offers a unique opportunity to gain experience in research methodology and write-up and publication of articles. In some cases an opportunity to write-up articles for publication based on DABATEM’s database (data from projects completed in the past) might be offered to assistants deemed capable of undertaking such a task (though this privilege should not be taken for granted in advance).
Please consider applying for this position only if you think you can meet all of the above requirements.