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School of Graduate Studies

Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology (in 30% English)

Why Clinical Psychology Ph.D. at Ibn Haldun University?

One of the strongest features that make Ibn Haldun University’s Clinical Psychology Doctorate Program so special is the Ibn Haldun University Psychotherapy Application and Research Centre (IPAM). This center provides a clinical practice environment that enables Ph.D. students to also be trained as therapists.

In our program, theoretical education and clinical practice are carried out in a balanced way by national and international academicians with a strong understanding of science. Focusing primarily on CBT, the program includes different therapeutic approaches used in clinical psychology, focusing especially on trauma, couple therapies, positive psychology, and Islamically integrated psychotherapy.

Scholarship possibilities are available for successful students who are admitted to the program. Openings for assistantships also exist and these provide students with an opportunity to gain useful academic experience. In addition, students are offered the possibility of working as clinicians at IPAM during their doctoral education.

About Program

Head of Department:

Assist. Prof. Ebru Morgül

Program Coordinator:

Assist. Prof. Burcu Uysal

Along with solid methodological and theoretical foundations, the program offers an environment for research, research development, and practical applications. In addition to a comparative and multilingual theoretical education, the program is focused on the Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy approach but this is enriched with different psychotherapy approaches such as Positive Psychotherapy and Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy. An intensive clinical practicum opportunity is also offered in the Psychotherapy Application and Research Centre (IPAM) within the university. Trauma, family therapy, and positive psychotherapy are prioritized as research and specialization areas.

Application Requirements

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Course Contents

PSY 600AE Seminar I

Doctoral seminar courses aim to raise the awareness of the students on the up-to-date applied research topics in the field of clinical psychology. In this way, students will be familiar with the literature regarding the research subjects they are interested in. Within the scope of the course, students will prepare a preliminary presentation on their thesis topics together with a seminar that they will prepare based on the knowledge they have acquired during their doctorate education and based on scientific research methods.

PSY 600BE Seminar II

Doctoral seminar courses aim to raise the awareness of the students on the up-to-date applied research topics in the field of clinical psychology. In this way, students will be familiar with the literature regarding the research subjects they are interested in. Within the scope of the course, students will present the points they plan to develop within the framework of their thesis topics with a seminar they will prepare by adhering to scientific research methods.

PSY 601E Advanced Research Methods and Ethics in Clinical Psychology

This course covers advanced research methods. In addition to topics such as research design and planning, students will gain advanced knowledge and application skills about a particular research method such as quantitative analysis.

PSY 631E Introduction to Clinical Practice and Ethics

This course will cover principles and issues of professionalism and ethics in the practice of clinical psychology. The main goal of this course is to introduce students to clinical psychologists’ ethical responsibilities, professional practice issues, diversity, professionalism, consent, confidentiality, and boundary issues. Students are expected to challenge themselves to consider how their values and backgrounds will influence their sets of ethics. It is hoped that this course will assist students in their future work as professional clinical psychologists and will facilitate decision making and therapy skills when faced with ethical dilemmas; and, help them in the development and improvement of a professional identity.

PSY 632E Advanced Clinical Practice

This course is the second module of the Introduction to Clinical Practice and Ethics course. Students carry out clinical practices such as individual psychotherapy interviews, psychosocial group activities, test application, and reporting, case presentations, and discussions at the Ibn Haldun Psychotherapy Research and Application Center.

PSY 635E Clinical Supervision I

This course provides intermediate-level supervised clinical experience, with emphasis on aiming to help students with the further development of their professional identity. In addition, students learn how to develop case conceptualization concerning their patients’ stories. The clinical supervision provides an additional level of clinical training and evaluation of students’ competencies beyond that provided by theoretical training. Further, students discuss problems or difficulties they might face with their patients as well as in their personal/professional/educational lives.

PSY 636E Clinical Supervision II

This course provides the advanced supervised clinical experience necessary for a creative therapist. İts about the nuances and subtleties of what to say, how to say, and when to say that determine what the patient hears. The course’s theoretical approach is the belief that therapy is NOT simply about techniques but it’s about therapeutic relationships that work.

PSY 685E Advanced Statistics

In this course, advanced statistical analysis and interpretation of the results of these analyzes are taught to improve the statistical knowledge and application skills obtained in the master’s experience.

Elective Courses

PSY 625E Clinical Positive Psychotherapy

Positive psychology is an approach that reveals and develops the strengths of people, relationships, institutions, and societies through scientific and practical strategies. In this course, basic concepts, methods, and clinical applications of positive psychology are presented.

PSY 630E Narrative Therapy

In this course, the historical development, basic concepts, theoretical background of narrative therapy -which is one of the schools of post-modern psychotherapy- and its approach to humans and pathology, as well as its application in certain situations such as trauma-family are discussed. Psychologist candidates who will practice in the clinical field experience the applications of narrative therapy within this course.

PSY 640E Psychotherapy and Culture

This course aims to contribute to the development of culturally sensitive and compatible psychotherapy models by examining the effects of cultural factors on psychotherapy practices and how psychotherapy applications can benefit from culture.

PSY 646E Couple Therapies

In this course, basic approaches, concepts, and intervention techniques of family and co-therapy approaches will be covered. The development process from the birth of the idea of family and partner therapy to the present will be discussed both at the level of individual schools and comparatively. Theoretical information, as well as clinical experiences, will be shared. Cultural conditions and culture-sensitive family and couple therapy approaches will also be introduced.

PSY 652E Psychological Trauma and Treatment

This course aims to understand all aspects of psychological trauma and its effects on individuals and societies. Therefore, the course covers the effects of psychological trauma on cognitive, emotional, and different systems of individuals, the psychological disturbances it causes, its short and long-term consequences, and the treatment methods to be followed in solving these problems.

PSY 654E Differential Diagnosis

In this course, the necessary information to make the correct diagnosis during clinical practice, the questions to be asked to make a differential diagnosis, the key points to be considered, and the symptoms specific to the diseases are taught and discussed together with case examples. 

PSY 662E Case Analysis

In this course, knowledge of pathology and clinical practice is reinforced through clinical case discussions and analysis.

PSY 667E Psychological Well-being and Resilience

In this course, factors and practices that contribute to psychological well-being, the sources of psychological resilience, and applications to develop these resources are discussed. This course aims to develop programs to improve the psychological health of the individual and society.

PSY 670E Introduction to Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice

This course will provide students with an Islamic orientation to psychotherapy, entitled Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP). It will explore the foundational tenets and principles of the TIIP model including a discussion of Islamic epistemology & the presentation of an Islamic ontological framework of the human psyche. The course will also provide students with concrete skills for how to conceptualize and treat psychological disorders using this Islamic model.

PSY 671E Advanced Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice

This course will build upon the PSY670 introductory course on Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy to reinforce and solidify an Islamic orientation to psychotherapy, known as Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP).   It will provide an entrenchment in the Islamic epistemological and ontological foundations of TIIP.  The core principles of TIIP will be revisited with greater layers of application across a variety of therapeutic contexts and complex pathologies.

PSY 675E Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Oriented Case Analysis

In this course, theoretical lectures and practical applications will be held on the basic concepts, philosophical background, and application processes of ACT. After the theoretical lectures, ACT-based case analysis, role-play, real-play, and therapist-client interviews will be watched and interpreted.


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