After the IS controlled large parts of Iraq and killed, arrested, abused and tortured thousands of people, the extent of the psychological stress, especially trauma disorder, became obvious. Since health care in the Kurdistan and Iraq region did not have sufficient psychotherapists, the Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychotraumatology and Master Program was founded under the direction of Prof. Dr. Dr. Jan Ilhan Kizilhan (Institute for Transcultural Health Science - DHBW ) and Prof. Dr. Martin Hautzinger (University of Tübingen) at the University of Duhok.
These general prevalence rates of psychological stress in crisis regions indicate, in addition to the need for research, a qualitative training of specialists working with highly traumatized patients. For this reason, the university Master's programme was developed on the German model, in which students complete a double qualification, a Master's degree in psychotherapy and psychotraumatology and a licensed psychotherapist.
The IPP and the MASPP aim to teach and train psychologists in psychotherapy and psychotraumatology to support the local mental health services with clear long-term goals.
The IPP and the MASPP program is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts of Baden-Württemberg, Germany and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).
University of Duhok, DHBW, Universität Tübingen, TCultHS