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.

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. 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.

Since the completion of DABATEM’s last research project (a treatment study with war and torture survivors) and departure of his research team in 2018, Professor Basoglu decided to devote his time to dissemination of knowledge through various means, including training programs. As there are no ongoing projects at the present time, 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. The topics to be covered during the training program broadly include the following:

Topics covered

The topics to be covered during the training program broadly include the following:

1) A learning theory model of trauma (with a focus on earthquake, war and torture trauma)

2) Assessment of traumatic stress problems (introduction to research instruments)

3) Control-Focused Behavioral Treatment: Clinical and field applications in natural disaster, war, torture survivors and refugees

4) Assessment and treatment of prolonged grief

5) Mechanisms of recovery from traumatic stress

6) A mental healthcare model for mass trauma survivors to facilitate wide treatment dissemination

7) Controversial issues in care of mass trauma survivors: A critical review of current knowledge and treatments

8) Controversial issues in rehabilitation of war and torture survivors

9) Definitional issues around torture: legal definition versus a learning theory formulation

10) Ill-treatments that definitionally overlap with torture (e.g. domestic violence and adverse conditions of imprisonment) and implications for treatment.

The trainees will be provided reading material on these topics and expected to read the material and present it to the Professor Basoglu (and the other trainees, if any) for discussion in 2 or 3 weekly half-day (afternoon) seminars. The above topics are not exhaustive. They are intended for several purposes: (1) to familiarize trainees with DABATEM’s work in the last 25 years, which is essential in understanding what CFBT is about, (2) to provide some structure to the training program, and (3) to serve as departure points for further expansion into the field by digging out other relevant literature for discussion.

Meeting room

Seminar room

The trainees can also bring up issues of interest to them for discussion. The training program is by and large not didactic and rather flexible to cater for the needs of trainees. Although the trainees can expect some lectures from Professor Basoglu, these will be complementary to the above process, as the need arises. The trainees will have the rest of the workdays of the week to do their reading or other homework assignments.

Participation in Professor Basoglu’s ongoing work (e.g. write-up of articles) is an integral part of the training program. This part of training mostly takes place at his house, as he usually works from home. One floor of his 3-floor house is reserved as a home-office for training purposes.

Meeting room at home-office

Outdoors work environment
at home-office

The house is situated in Zekeriyaköy, a beautiful and peaceful village just outside town (45 minutes from Taksim by metro and bus), 2 kilometers from Black Sea. His house provides a pleasant outdoor as well as indoor work environment. Some of the seminars may also be conducted at his home-office.

Timing of training

There are three 4-month training periods during a year:

1) January to May

2) May to September

3) September to January

Optimum training period

The optimum duration of training varies according to the needs of applicants. Applicants who are interested in following the entire training curriculum should consider a period 4 months. Longer periods (e.g. up to 12 months) are more suitable for applicants with interest in advanced research training. 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.

Fee policy

The fees vary according to the duration of training as follows:

For months 1 to 4: 1,500 USD +270 USD VAT per month

For months 5 to 8: 1,000 USD + 118 USD VAT per month

For months 9 to 12: 500 USD + 90 USD VAT per month

Fees for periods longer than 12 months are determined on an individual basis, depending on the reasons for the need for longer-term training and the trainee’s circumstances. Special rates might be considered for trainees who are able to be of useful assistance to Professor Basoglu in his work. In some cases, the fees might even be waived altogether, if a trainee can assume the position of research assistant for an extended period (see requirements for a research assistant position below).

Fees are payable either in total in advance of the training period or monthly in advance of each month.

DABATEM is unable to provide any funding support for applicants, because it is a very small center entirely dependent on income from its training programs. It is worth noting here that this training program was originally designed for applicants from high-income countries with access to some sort of funding support, such as a scholarship or institutional support. Accordingly, the fees were comparable to the fees of US universities (on a per month basis). In addition, the quota for training was limited to 1 or 2 trainees at the most. To make the training available to applicants from low-income countries, the fees were recently reduced by almost 70% and the quota limit was removed. The quoted fees represent the already substantially reduced figures. If you are from a low-income country and highly motivated for training but still cannot afford the fees, contact Professor Basoglu nonetheless, providing a sufficiently detailed account of your circumstances, to see if there is a window of opportunity for you.

Research assistant positions

Applicants with an interest in a research assistant position need to satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Sufficient previous experience with trauma survivors
  2. Sufficient research experience
  3. Aspirations for an academic career in psychological trauma and high motivation for advanced research training
  4. A working knowledge of SPSS and data analysis
  5. A good command of MS Office applications
  6. Fluency in both spoken and written English
  7. Completion of 4 months of training at DABATEM (subject to fees)
  8. A satisfactory level of performance during the training period
  9. Ability to hold the position for 2 years (preferably more) after the completion of training

Prior training from Professor Basoglu before holding a research assistant position is required because of the unique history and highly demanding nature of his 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. A research assistant position offers a unique opportunity to gain experience in research methodology, literature reviews, data analysis, and write-up and publication of articles. In some cases an opportunity to write-up articles 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).

It might be possible to offer free accommodation to long-term research assistants at DABATEM to make their subsistence in Istanbul easier (see below for details).

Please consider applying for this position only if you think you can meet all of the above requirements.

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 Basoglu (mbasoglu@dabatem.org) and provide answers to the questions below. Applications without this information will not be processed. An interview might 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 did you discover DABATEM and how familiar are you with its work?
  6. How do you expect to benefit from the training program? How do you think it will contribute to your future career?
  7. What is your preferred duration of training?
  8. What are your first and second preferences among the three start dates of training  (January, May, September)?
  9. Irrespective of the above start dates, what would be your earliest possible start date?
  10. 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 500 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. 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 done enough research 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.

Accommodation in Istanbul

The Center is located in Taksim, the main town square in the heart of the town well-known for its bustling social and cultural life. As all amenities are within easy walking distance and commuting in Istanbul traffic can be a headache, the trainees are advised to find accommodation in this neighborhood for their convenience. There are many hotels in the area with wide-ranging rates. In previous years our short-term trainees opted for a reasonably priced decent hotel (Vardar Palace Hotel) conveniently located 50 meters from the Center, where a “small single room” costs 50 Euro to 90 Euro per / night, depending on the season. The peak season in Istanbul starts from May. Hotels with lower rates might be found in one shops around. 

For stays in Istanbul longer than 6 months, rental accommodation might be considered. Shorter-term rentals might also be possible but are likely to be costlier. When there is more than one trainee at a particular training period, shared rental accommodation might be a convenient option.

Accommodation at DABATEM might be another option. The Center is a spacious (250 square meters) apartment flat furnished as a home-office with 2 bathrooms, a kitchen with cooking facilities, a meeting room, 5 study rooms, and one bedroom. As there is no ongoing project at the present time, it is suitable for accommodation purposes.

The main hallway

There is no rental fee, but a fee might be applicable to cover any additional expenses incurred (e.g. electricity, water, gas, etc.). This opportunity is offered with a view to easing the financial burden of longer-term trainees. As accommodation facilities at the Center are limited, priority will be given to those applicants who are participating in the training program with a view to applying for a research assistant position after the training period.


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.


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