Program Introduction

Program Rational

Our country is a fragile geography that constantly produces trauma in the context of the cycle of violence.  In Turkey, which is under serious disaster risk, the threat of disaster trauma has become constant.  Violence against women and children in the home and on the street has always been a serious problem. It is observed that all kinds of violence, especially against women and children, have increased significantly in recent years.

The old political and ethnic massacres that were not dealt with properly in time, are slowly entering the agenda of the society and cause serious socio-psychological shocks.  The children and grandchildren of the murdered people are still living among us.This process is a process that includes the possibility of being re- traumatized for them.  The most important emotion that feeds intergenerational traumas is the feeling of victimization. Groups that see 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 world is brimmed with the past and today’s traumas, Nonetheless, the resources are unfortunately insufficient for trauma victims and their unmet needs are enormous. Living in peace and solidarity seems impossible while minorities and disadvantaged groups are still mistreated in societies, and their achievements are continuously undermined by the majority which results in producing more and more new traumas.

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 preventing violence, recognizing, understanding, and explaining traumatic events/problems, as well as helping heal the wounds of the victims and honoring them.

Program Purpose

  1. It is a training course equipped with the latest information in the field of psychotraumatology in three intertwined modules for clinicians and non-clinicians who work or want to work in the field of trauma. Hereby, one of the main objectives is to develop a more trauma-sensitive society approach to traumas and people who have been exposed to trauma.
  2. To train specialists educated in international standards and create teams that can respond effectively to the disasters experienced by humanity in Turkey and in the World.
  3. With the income from this program, to establish International Trauma Prevention and Rehabilitation Centers where it is necessary that offers training, treatment, and rehabilitation services of trauma specialists to people. In this center, we aim to:

a) Develop programs to prevent violence and trauma

b) Providing counseling and rehabilitation services to trauma victims and their families

c) Developing and conducting national and international NGOs study and research partnerships

d) Counseling local organizations and leaders in collective traumas

e) Perform trauma-focused emergency interventions in mass, collective traumas








It covers basic trauma education.

The Basic level trauma program consists of 10 Basic level workshops and 1 Clinical level workshop

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

It is a 33-hour training program in total.

70 participants + 5 Scholarship participation

Psychologists and graduate education, psychological counselors and graduate education, 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 are required

Scholarship participants will be given %50 scholarship.

 In order for the students accepted at the basic level with a 50% scholarship to receive their certificates, they are expected to provide 48 hours of assistantship support in the working areas within the World Human Relief organization within a year after completing the program.


It includes skill training for clinicians working with traumatized individuals.

Intensified trauma program; It consists of 3 Basic level workshop and 13 Clinical level workshops.

It is a 48-hour program in total, consisting of 3-hour workshops for 13 weeks.

In addition to this, supervision/case presentation sessions consisting of 6 sessions will be held.

45 Participants (10 Scholarship participation)

Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, specialist psychological counselors, psychiatric nurses, psychotherapists and graduate students can participate in the Clinical Level program.

Certificate: : Attendance at all workshop is required.

Scholarship participants will be given 100% scholarship.

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

In order for our students, who are accepted to the clinical level with 100% scholarship, to receive their certificates, they are expected to provide professional therapy services for 12 hours (8×12, 96 hours in total) to 8 clients exposed to trauma at our International Trauma Prevention and Rehabilitation Center within one year at the latest after completing the program.




It consists of a total of 5 workshops, 1 basic module and 4 clinical module workshops.

Each workshop is 3 hours; It is a 15- hours 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.

Open to anyone, including English-speaking international employees who work and want to work in the field of 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.


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.