Frequently Asked Questions

Q – I do not have background training in mental health sciences but I have an interest in learning about psychological trauma. Would I benefit from this course?

Mass trauma events are of concern not just to mental health sciences but also many other disciplines. If you want to acquire a basic understanding of psychological trauma and its treatment for any reason, then you are likely to benefit from this course. If you are planning on pursuing a career in this field, then acquiring a sound theory- and evidence-based orientation in the field at the outset is of utmost importance. If such orientation is important to you, then you should consider applying. In any event, we will require information about your background experience so that we can advise you on this issue.

Q – As a clinician / psychotherapist, I would like to use CFBT in my work. Will I be able deliver CFBT to my clients after the course?

Although CFBT is a fairly easy treatment to deliver, this would depend on your personal abilities, pace of learning, previous experience with trauma survivors, and orientation in psychotherapy. You are likely to stand a better chance if you have some familiarity with behavioral or exposure-based treatments. On the other hand, if you have a strong psychodynamic orientation in psychotherapy, you may have some difficulty in adapting to a behavioral approach. Individuals with no previous training in psychotherapy and no strong allegiance to any school of psychotherapy tend to learn quicker.

You will likely find this course useful if you see it as the starting point of a longer-term training. You will naturally need to gain experience with CFBT in your own work. For trainees who need further guidance in its practice after the course, we have incorporated a supervision component into the training program. If such need arises, supervision (over Skype or FaceTime) could be organized (for a per session additional fee).

Q – I do work with refugees but I am not involved in any formal psychotherapy program. Would I still benefit from the course?

Yes. Although CFBT is originally designed as a form of structured psychotherapy, its theoretical framework concerns all aspects of work with refugees. Care providers for refugees often have little understanding of trauma and its proper treatment and can therefore engage in behaviors that can potentially aggravate the refugees’ traumatic stress reactions. A learning theory understanding of trauma can guide them in every aspect of work with refugees.

Q – Do you provide a certificate of attendance at the course?


Q – When should I register for the course?

The courses are announced about 6 months in advance. Enrollment for the course continues until 1 week before the course, which is the deadline for both registration and payment of the full course fee. However, if you are certain in your intent and ability to participate in the course at the specified date, we’d suggest that you register as early as you can to secure your place, as there is a quota for any particular course.

Q – How can I make the deposit payment?

By wire transfer to a bank account the details of which will be provided after the screening process.

Q – What does the course fee cover?

The course fees are inclusive of a set course lunch, coffee, tea, and other beverages for the duration of the course. For dinner on the other days you can consider one of the many reasonably priced restaurants in the neighborhood.

Q. Do you provide financial support for attendance at the course?

Unfortunately not. DABATEM is an independent center that is dependent on funding and alternative sources of income generated by its training programs to maintain its research program.

Q – Can you help with booking accommodation in Istanbul?

We cannot do the booking for you but we can help you by recommending a hotel (Vardar Palace Hotel) in Taksim (the main town square), which is very close to our Center. Among all hotels in Taksim, Hotel Vardar offers the most reasonable rates (about 60 Euros per day).. All previous course participants stayed at this hotel and left satisfied with it. All you need to do for reservation is to make email contact with Mr. Huseyin Acik (vardaryon@gmail.com), noting the purpose of your visit and mentioning Professor Basoglu’s name.

Q. Do I need a visa for Turkey and how do I get it?

For information on this issue, see https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/info/. For online application, see https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/info/


Book on mass trauma

Book on mass trauma

Metin Basoglu’s Blog

Metin Basoglu’s Blog