Program Introduction

Reason for The Program

Our country is a fragile geography that constantly produces trauma in the context of the cycle of violence. In Turkey, which is under serious earthquake risk, the threat of earthquake trauma has become permanent. Domestic and street violence against women and children has always been a serious problem. It has been reported that all kinds of violence against women and children have increased significantly in recent years.

The old political and ethnic massacres that were not dealt with properly are slowly
entering our society’s agenda again, causing serious socio-psychological shocks. The children and grandchildren of the murdered people are still living among us; this holds a tremendous possibility of them being re-traumatized. In their case, victimization is the boldest and most powerful feeling by which intergenerational traumas feed on. For that, groups that perceive themselves as victims tend to use violence to create new cycles of revenge in order to avoid being victims again. This cycle, in return, has started creating a collective perception of identity that ‘fights’ against the ‘cruel’ in which large masses share their feelings of helplessness, humiliation, and shame with each other, producing other traumas.
In brief, because Turkey’s geography is brimmed with the past and today’s traumas, it is supposed to be a refuge for trauma victims and manage to provide their ceaseless needs. Nonetheless, the resources are unfortunately insufficient for trauma victims. Living in peace and solidarity seems impossible while minorities and disadvantaged groups are still mistreated in our society, and their achievements are continuously undermined by the majority. This results in producing more and more new traumas, which also leads to risks reversing some of the progress made in Turkey.

To break the chain that transmits hatred, hostility, and guilt from one generation to the next, we need to learn how to heal, live, and eventually make peace within the self and others, simply by getting support from each other. To rehabilitate our individual and social identities, we need to re-examine defeats, losses, and mourning by taking strength from each other.

Trauma specialists, who will be trained by this certificate program, will have important and valuable contributions in the basic forces such as recognizing, understanding, and explaining traumatic events/problems, as well as helping heal the wounds of the victims and honoring them.

Program Purpose:


  1. This certificate program is designed for clinicians and non-clinicians to provide an education equipped with the latest knowledge of psychotraumatology in four modules within each other. One of the main objectives is to develop conscious and healthy approaches towards traumatic events and people who have experienced those traumatic events.
  2. To train trauma specialists in Turkey among international standards and create teams that can respond effectively to worldwide humanitarian disasters.
    3. To establish the first International Trauma Prevention and Rehabilitation Center that offers training, treatment, and rehabilitation services of trauma specialists to our people. In this center, we aim to:
  3. Develop programs to prevent violence affecting the mental health of the society and individuals,
    b. Provide psychological counseling and treatment services to trauma victims and their families,
  4. Develop and carry out national and international study and research partnerships,
    d. Advise local organizations and leaders to protect the welfare of the society/ minorities in collective traumas,
    e. Perform trauma-focused emergency interventions in mass, collective traumas.







This level includes basic trauma education.

The basic level trauma program consists of 11 Basic level workshops and 3 Clinical level workshops.

It will be held for 11 weeks, 3 hours a week.

It is a 42-hour training program in total.

70  participants


Psychologists and graduates, psychological counselors, social workers, NGO workers who encounter trauma, work, live or want to learn about trauma can participate in the basic level program.

Certificate: Attendance at all workshops is required.

Scholarship opportunities will not be offered for the basic level.


It includes skill training for clinicians working with traumatized individuals.

Intensified trauma program; It consists of 2 Basic module workshops and 17 Clinical level workshops. It is a 57-hour program in total, consisting of 3-hour workshops for 17 weeks.

In addition, 12-hour supervision/case presentation sessions consisting of 4 sessions will be held.

40 participation + 10 scholarship participation

Specialist clinical psychologists, specialist psychological counselors, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, psychiatry assistants (at least 2 years), psychiatry nursing graduate graduates can participate in the Advanced Level program.

Certificate: Attendance at all workshops is required

Scholarship participants will be given 50% scholarship.

Priority will be given to applications that are active in the rural area and within the NGO.

Our scholarship participants are expected to take responsibility for 72 hours of free trauma counseling for traumatized children, adults and families within WHR.


It consists of 1 basic module and 4 clinical module workshops. Each workshop is 3 hours; It is a 15-hour program in total.

The language of instruction will be English, open to native speakers or speakers of English. In addition, simultaneous interpretation will be offered for our participants who do not prefer to listen to English.

No quota has been determined.

This level is open to participants working in or interested in international trauma.

Certificate of participation: At the end of the program, participants will be given a digital participation certificate indicating the total hours they have attended.

Scholarship opportunities will not be offered for the international level.


It consists of 8 basic module workshops. Each workshop is a total of 24 hours, with 3 hours.

15 participants

Workshops at this level are open to participants who work in the field of trauma or are curious about it.

Certificate of participation: At the end of the program, participants will be given a digital participation certificate indicating the total hours they have attended.

Scholarship opportunities will not be offered for the social level.


The language of instruction in the sessions will be Turkish and English. For our participants who do not prefer to listen to English, simultaneous interpretation will be offered in sessions where the medium of instruction is English.