Professor Metin Basoglu provides tutorship 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.
- Training can be tailored according to the needs of each applicant. Learning takes place through regular personal contact with Professor Basoglu, his tutorship and mentorship, guided reading of the relevant literature, discussions on issues of special interest to trainees, and observing (or participating in) his ongoing work at the time (which currently involves mostly publishing data from previously completed projects or write-up of review articles). 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.
Training program on Control-Focused Behavioral Treatment
This is a 3-month training program that covers the following topics:
- Week 1 – A learning theory model of torture and war trauma
- Week 2 – A review of the evidence basis of the model
- Week 3 – A learning theory model of earthquake trauma
- Week 4 – A review of the evidence basis of the model
- Week 5 – Behavioral assessment of traumatic stress problems & review of assessment instruments in clinical practice and research
- Week 6 – Clinical applications of full-course Control-Focused Behavioral Treatment (CFBT) & an overview of evidence on treatment efficacy and mechanisms of recovery
- Week 7 – Delivery of full-course CFBT – Role-playing exercises
- Week 8 – Field applications of single-session CFBT in individuals and groups & role-playing exercises
- Week 9 – Assessment and treatment of prolonged grief & role playing exercises
- Week 10 – A mental healthcare model for mass trauma survivors to facilitate wide treatment dissemination
- Week 11 – Issues in care of mass trauma survivors: A critical review of current knowledge and treatments
- Week 12 – Issues in rehabilitation of war and torture survivors
The trainees will be provided publications of DABATEM, including selected articles and chapters from 3 books, 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 2 weekly (afternoon) seminars. This training method is intended to serve several purposes: (1) to familiarize trainees with 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. Training also involves role-playing exercises, Professor Basoglu playing the role of survivors of various types of trauma to help trainees develop their skills in assessment and delivery of treatment. 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. Trainees can also participate in Professor Basoglu’s ongoing work (data analysis and write-up of articles) to gain some research experience. 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 an oral exam on the topics covered at the end of the training period. Successful completion of the program will require a satisfactory overall grade (which will be indicated in the certificate of training, if one is requested).
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
Longer-term training programs 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.
Shorter-term training programs
Applicants with specific needs, such as guidance with a project in planning, can consider 1 or 2 months of training. Professor Basoglu can suggest an optimum duration of training based on an assessment of the applicant’s training needs.
The fee for the 3-month training program is 3,000 USD + 540 USD VAT per month.
The fee for training periods beyond the first 3 months is determined on an individual basis, depending on the nature of the trainees’ needs and the duration of training requested. While the monthly fee for longer term training is usually lower than that for the first 3 months, it is likely to range between 1,500 USD + 270 USD VAT per month and 2,500 USD + 450 USD VAT per month, depending on the content and duration of training.
The fee for training periods shorter than 3 months is 3,000 USD + 540 USD VAT per month. 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.
Research assistant positions
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 2 years (preferably more) 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.
Location of training
As DABATEM’s office is currently non-functional and Professor Basoglu is working from home, training takes place at his home-office. His house is situated in Zekeriyaköy, a beautiful and peaceful village just outside and North of Istanbul (45 minutes from Taksim, the town center, by metro and bus), 2 kilometers from Black Sea.
One floor of his 3-floor house is reserved as a home-office for training purposes.
In summer months his home office provides a pleasant outdoor as well as indoor work environment. Trainees are offered free meals during work days with Professor Basoglu.
Trainees are advised to seek rental accommodation in the neighborhood of Zekeriyaköy (situated in the municipality of Sariyer) to avoid commuting and for easy access to Professor Basoglu. They can also consider renting accommodation jointly with other trainees when there is more than one trainee at a particular training period.
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 (email@example.com) and provide answers to the questions below. Applications without this information will not be processed. An interview will be required via Skype or similar applications.
- 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 1,000 USD. 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 Professor Basoglu for some reason. The remaining amount may be paid anytime until the start of the training period or upon arrival in Istanbul.
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 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.
This page is subject to revision from time to time. As ideas evolve, the information provided here may be revised or new information added. Therefore, potential applicants are advised to check this page periodically for any updated information.