Program Rationale

Studies have shown that unresolved relationship problems damage physical and mental health, causing violence and crises up to suicide.  Relationships produce violence by taking on a structure that threatens the well-being and health of the individual and society; Which makes mental health professionals and civil society workers responsible for researching, learning and intervening relationships.

In this context, it is an important step to develop educational and didactic studies that involve the society and programs that will enable mental health professionals to work effectively with relational problems. Otherwise, violence against women, domestic violence, incest and child marriages will reach an unstoppable level and continue to be a hidden danger affecting the lives and mental health of many of us.

Today, the rapid increase in these problems has led researchers to investigate the determinants of healthy relationship and family psychology and to find solutions. Relationship and family problems include individuals’ developmental, traditional, intergenerational cultural and complex relationship dynamics. Understanding these dynamics is very important; because it helps couples understand the causes of their conflicts, put them into perspective, and find and change their destructive relationship patterns.

This program, which includes training at the international level in the field of relationship and family studies in two intertwined modules, will provide clinicians and non-clinicians with the opportunity to recognize/understand events/problems in relationships and family; will make personal, social and professional contributions by teaching ways to intervene in problems in an effective, systemic model.

Program Purpose

  1. To build awareness of individuals and society that is sensitive to relationship and family problems and is solution-oriented.
  2. To train relationship and family counselors trained in international standards.
  3. To ensure the development of solution-oriented and preventive family and community-oriented programs for violence against women, domestic violence and incest, which are increasing rapidly in Turkey.
  4. To provide the support needed by individuals with no/limited economic power in the Trauma Prevention and Rehabilitation Centers established.
  5. To provide supportive counseling and interventions when needed for the mental health of the individual and the community.







This level includes basic relationship and family studies training. It is designed to be performed 3 hours a week for 9 weeks.

It is a 27-hour training program in total with 9 Basic Level Workshops.

50 participants

40 participants + 10 participants (50% scholarship- student discount participants)

Anyone who wants to learn about the psychology of relationship and family dynamics and basic interventions can participate in the basic level program.

Certificate: Attendance to all workshops is required.

For the basic level, 10 participants will be offered with a 50% student discount.


Later, it was expected from the scholarship students to provide some support in the future projects.


This level covers skills training for specialists who want to work with relationship and family problems.

The Intensive IRFSC Program is a 51-hour program of 17 weeks in total, with 3 Basic module workshops, 10 Clinical level workshops, and 4-week duration 3-hour free Case consultation.

35 participants + 15 scholarship participants (100% scholarship for 10 participants, 50% scholarship- student discount for 5 participants)

Clinical psychologists (Including students who are in the thesis period),counseling psychologists (Including students who are in the thesis period), psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and psychotherapists can participate in the Clinical Level program.

Certificate: Attendance to all workshops is required.

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

Our scholarship participants are expected to provide free family/ relationship counseling for one year for children, adults and families or to support the projects within WHR.


NOTE: 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.