On November, 15, 2021, graduation ceremonies were held in the University of Duhok for 21 graduate students with the Master’s degree in Psychotherapy and Psycho-traumatology. The UoD President, Dr. Dawood Sulaiman Atrushi, participated in graduation ceremony and stated in the commencement that the UoD is proud of the prominent accomplishment of the Institute and the role these graduates will play in the Kurdish society which has been exposed to grievous historical episodes that have left sustained physical and mental damages. He also added that the efforts of the Institute will contribute to the enhancement of psychological health care.
In his speech, Dr. Atrushi indicated that an important role that the university plays is serving the society. One form of this service is the psychotherapy clinic that will be established where mental health care services will be offered.
In their speeches, Dr. Ilhan Kizilhan, the President of the Institute and Dr. Mamo Farhan, the Vice-President, pointed to the significance of the Institute to the Kurdish society and the victims of traumatic events. Similarly, Klemens Semtner, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Kurdistan Region, who participated in the ceremonies, showed his profound support for the Institute and its aims and strategies.
The Institute of Psychology and Psycho-traumatology was established in the UoD in 2017 in collaboration with the University of Tübingen in the City of Baden-Wüttemberg, Germany. The master study program in the Institute consists of three years. The first year is a preparatory stage and the second and third years are specialist degree and the graduate students are awarded master’s degrees in psychotherapy and psycho-traumatology.