IHU Psychological Team in Quake-Hit Elazığ for Psychological Support


Since February 1, 2020, Ibn Haldun University (IHU) has been providing psycho-social support and psychological first aid services in Elazığ, which was rattled by an earthquake in the past weeks. With a team of 22 psychologists, Ibn Haldun University Psychotherapy Application and Research Center (IPAM) is carrying a wound healing work in the region of the earthquake.

According to Abdülkadir Alemdar, Coordinator of IPAM, the team consisted of a PhD student, 2 students with Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and 16 students in the dissertation stage of master’s program of Clinical Psychology, acts in the region of the earthquake under the supervision of distinguished academics and in close coordination with Turkish Kızılay and Psychosocial Support Unit of the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services.

IPAM conducts its psychological support activities in psychosocial support tents, condolence houses, schools, mosques and homes

After the 6.8-magnitude quake struck on Friday evening of January 24, people living in the earchquake area experienced psychological trauma. To heal wounds and psychological traumas caused by the quake, IPAM team conducts an ongoing field work. Psychological support activities are being held in the psychological support tents, condolence houses, schools, mosques and homes in many neighborhoods of Elazığ. Among these activities, family visits and psychosocial support to children who were affected negatively by the earthquake, occupy a central position.

Both Professor Medaim Yanık and Assoc. Prof. Vahdet Görmez in the field

From IPAM, Professor Medaim Yanık, Head of Psychology Department of Ibn Haldun University, and Child Psychiatrist Assoc. Prof. Vahdet Görmez are in the field of work to supervise and participate in the psychological support activities. In this context, Prof. Yanık and Assoc. Prof. Görmez also offered training to the team of Kızılay. As well as a training offered to all psychosocial field workers at the Elazığ Provincial Directorate of Family, Labor and Social Services by Prof Medaim Yanık.

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