Tutorship programs

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 of 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 is tailored according to the needs of each applicant. It does not involve formal lectures on psychological trauma. Rather, 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 and 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.

As DABATEM has recently completed a treatment study with war and torture survivors and does not provide routine treatment service for trauma survivors, 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.

Optimum duration of training

The optimum duration of training varies according to the needs of applicants. It can vary from one week to 4 months. It can extend beyond 4 months only in exceptional cases. Potential applicants with certain needs, such as guidance with specific projects in planning, a basic introduction to psychological trauma, can consider 1 to 3 weeks of training. Others who need more advanced training can consider a period of 1 to 4 months. Professor Basoglu can suggest an optimum duration of training based on an assessment of the applicant’s training needs.

Timing of training

Anytime during the year, subject to mutual agreement.


The fees depend on the amount of time needed to meet the training needs of individual applicants. Please contact Professor Başoğlu (mbasoglu@dabatem.org) for more information on this issue with sufficiently detailed information about your training needs. Do NOT make inquiries about fees without providing sufficient information about your educational background and without brief answers to questions listed in the Application Procedures section below. A fee cannot be quoted without such information.

Note also that DABATEM is unable to provide any funding support for applicants, because it is a very small center dependent in part on income from its training programs.

Opportunities for free training as a volunteer research assistant

Professor Basoglu will offer FREE training to a limited number of applicants in return for VOLUNTEER assistance in his research work, which currently mostly involves data analysis, literature search and review, and preparation of manuscripts for publication. Work might also involve fundraising activities for a possible future research program in planning. Minimum requirements are a degree in psychology, fluency in English, keen interest in trauma research and treatment, adequate familiarity with SPSS and Microsoft Office programs, and ability to stay in Istanbul for at least 1 year, preferably more. Some previous research experience is desirable, though not essential. If interested, please contact him with your CV, also answering questions 1 to 6 below.

Application procedures

Applicants will need to go through a rather stringent 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 Başoğlu (mbasoglu@dabatem.org) 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.

  1. What is your primary interest in training (e.g. treatment, research, basic or advanced training in psychological trauma)?
  2. Have you received any previous training in psychological trauma? If so, from whom or where?
  3. Do you have any previous training in any form of psychotherapy (e.g. psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral)?
  4. Are you currently involved in any work with trauma survivors? If yes, please briefly describe its nature.
  5. How do you expect to benefit from the training program? How do you think it will contribute to your future career?
  6. What is your preferred duration of training?
  7. What is your likely start date for the training program?
  8. 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.

Certification of training

A certificate of attendance at the training program can be provided, if requested. 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. If you have accidentally discovered his name through Internet search, please make sure that you have made sufficient investigations to understand who he is and what he represents in his field before considering applying for training. The tutorship program is offered in the understanding that it is a unique privilege to be personally trained by him. Potential applicants who nonetheless think they need an externally certified training program should not consider applying for training.


Book on mass trauma

Book on mass trauma

Metin Basoglu’s Blog

Metin Basoglu’s Blog