Tutorship programs

Nature of training

Professor Metin Basoglu provides tutorship for individuals who need basic, intermediate, or advanced training in psychological trauma. Such training can cater for the needs of individuals from a wide range of disciplines, including mental health sciences, social and political sciences, philosophy, anthropology, arts, law, and journalism, among others.

Professor Basoglu is an internationally renowned authority in the field of psychological trauma who has conducted pioneering research into torture, war, and natural disaster trauma and treatment of survivors, developed novel treatments, published extensively on both psychological trauma and anxiety disorders, and gained worldwide recognition in the scientific community, as well as in the world media. He is a psychiatrist and scholar of behavioral sciences and an ardent advocate of an evidence-based approach to psychological trauma, particularly in work with torture, war, and natural disaster survivors. He is a prominent critic of non-evidenced-based approaches to mass trauma and its treatment, which unfortunately characterizes the field (see articles in his blog). His tutorial program and mentorship therefore provide a unique 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 is tailored according to the needs of each applicant. It does not involve formal lectures on psychological trauma. Rather, it is delivered through discussions on issues of special interest to trainees and guided reading of the relevant literature, and mentorship. As such, applicants can expect to benefit from his wealth of experience with war, torture, refugee, and natural disaster trauma, acquire an evidence-based orientation in this field, test or develop research ideas, and gain some experience in research methodology.

Wars, regional armed conflicts, acts of terrorism, political violence, torture, and natural disasters are major traumatic events that affect large populations around the world. Mass traumas 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, anthropology, arts, and journalism, among others. Mass traumas of do not occur in a vacuum; they are closely associated (causally or consequentially) with political, socio-cultural, and economic systems and thus an adequate understanding of mass traumas requires an inter-disciplinary 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 a unique opportunity to understand mass trauma from a inter-disciplinary perspective. An example of his approach to trauma can be seen in his forthcoming book on Torture and Its Definition in International Law: An interdisciplinary Approach.

Training does not involve opportunities for observing delivery of Control-Focused Behavioral Treatment but applicants can expect to gain a basic understanding of its theory and practice through discussions with Professor Basoglu. As such, the program is also likely to be helpful for mental health professionals who are actively involved in care of trauma survivors.

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. Note also that, in some circumstances, the fees can be substantially reduced or waived for certain applicants in return for assistance to Professor Basoglu in his work.

Application procedures

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 Başoğlu (mbasoglu@dabatem.org) and provide answers to the questions below. Applications without this information will not be processed. An interview may be required in some cases, which can be conducted 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 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 involves payment of the full fee latest one month before the commencement of the program.

Certification of training

A certificate of attendance at the training program can be provided, if requested.

Metin Basoglu’s Blog

Metin Basoglu’s Blog

DABATEM in world media

BBC article on DABATEM's work

Book on mass trauma

Book on mass trauma