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05 Aug 2019

Family Counseling is among the most popular occupations

Family Counseling Graduate Program within the Institute of Social Sciences of Üsküdar University has started accepting students. Those who have completed their undergraduate studies in the fields of social work, psychology, sociology, psychological counseling and guidance, medicine, nursing and child development will be able to apply to the program.Üsküdar University Department of Psychology Faculty Member and AİLEMER Director Asst. Prof. Mert Akcanbaş emphasized the importance of supporting family problems and family counseling profession in today's world. He pointed out that the main task of this field is to prevent negative situations without initiating any problems.Well-equipped family counselors are being trainedAsst. Prof. Mert Akcanbaş stated that they started accepting students to the Family Counseling Graduate Program within the Institute of Social Sciences. He emphasized that they aim to train experts within the framework of ethical standards that have the ability to correctly evaluate family relations and structure. Akcanbaş stated that together with the strong academic staff of Üsküdar University, they have established a Master's Program to train competent Family Counselors who will treat individual and social problems in different cultures. There are courses for both counseling and academic careerAsst. Prof. Mert Akcanbaş emphasized that they have prepared a Family Counseling Master Program for students that will work in family therapy, counseling applications, as well as a program for those who have academic career goals. He stated that those who have completed a bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, psychological counseling and guidance, medicine, nursing and child development can apply to this program.Wide area of work opportunitiesAsst. Prof. Mert Akcanbaş gave information about job opportunities in this profession and remarked the following; “Individuals who have the title of Family Counselors can work in family health related public institutions, non-governmental organizations, family health centers, universities, the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Justice and private institutions and organizations affiliated to these ministries, private family counseling centers, units will work as a ‘Family Counselor’.”Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

15 Apr 2019

Research Award to Turkey’s Addiction Risk Profile and Mental Health Map Study

A study titled “Who Smokes and Who Can Quit?” which was part of Turkey’s Addiction Risk Profile and Mental Health Map study, was conducted by Üsküdar University. This study is awarded with second prize at Psychiatric Association of Turkey 23. Annual Meeting and Clinical Education Symposium. “Who Smokes and Who Can Quit?” study, which is a part of TURBAHAR – Turkey’s Addiction Risk Profile and Mental Health Map study was executed within the scope of Üsküdar University Institute of Social Sciences and under the coordination by Asst. Prof. Hüseyin Ünübol and Assoc. Prof. Gökben Hızlı Sayar, had 125 clinical psychology students assigned.This study is awarded with second prize at Psychiatric Association of Turkey 23. Annual Meeting and Clinical Education Symposium.It is the largest study in Turkey and second largest in the world Üsküdar University Vice Director of Institute of Social Sciences Asst. Prof. Hüseyin Ünübol emphasized the following about the importance of the study:“This research is the largest study conducted on the psychological aspects of cigarette addiction in our country and the second largest in the world. Nearly 25 thousand people were interviewed in 81 provinces. Although many researches have been conducted on the causes of smoking, our main focus was to determine the characteristics of those who could give up the habit. In society over the age of 18; men have 53% addiction rate and women have 34% addiction rate. 2/3 of smokers want to quit smoking. Most of the are unsuccessful in quitting. If the common psychological characteristics of those who were able to quit smoking could be detected, it would be an important step to help those who were unable to quit. In this research we have obtained important clues and shared it with the science world.”Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

25 Mar 2019

Üsküdar University student is accepted to the world's leading neuroscience center with full scholarship

Üsküdar University, Turkey's first thematic university in behavioral science and health, continues its success worldwide. Güliz Altınbaşak, graduate student of Üsküdar University, received a full scholarship from RIKEN Brain Science Institute for summer research program which is considered as one of the world's leading centers of neuroscience. Overtook Harvard University studentsGüliz Altınbaşak, a graduate student at Üsküdar University, was granted full scholarship from the summer research program of RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan, leaving behind many candidates including Harvard University students.She will share her experiences with neuroscience studentsWithin the scope of its research program, Altınbaşak will meet with 45 expert researchers from around the world and will work in the field of laboratory techniques related to neurotechnology and brain diseases. Altınbaşak will share her experiences with Üsküdar University neurology students after she concludes her summer internship.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

26 Feb 2019

PlumX and Altmetrics applications used for the first time by Üsküdar University

Üsküdar University is the first university in Turkey to apply PlumX and Altmetrics, which determine how much interaction has been achieved and how many people have access to academic articles published in the Internet, especially in social media. It is aimed for academic studies to reach everyone. Assoc. Prof. Türker Tekin Ergüzel stated that all the articles in the magazines published by Üsküdar University have been included in the PlumX and Altmetrics system for about three months.Üsküdar University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences Department Head of Software Engineering and Department of Computer Engineering Faculty Member Assoc. Prof. Türker Tekin Ergüzel explained that Üsküdar University is the only university in Turkey to use PlumX and Altmetrics system.How often do academic articles reach the society?Assoc. Prof. Türker Tekin Ergüzel provided further information that PlumX and Altmetrics are appreciation indicators of the academic articles published online and are prepared by taking into consideration the interaction criteria such as the rate of mention in the news or the number of social media sharing. Ergüzel pointed out that the system enables meaningful analysis of academic data and analysis by comparison.Üsküdar University broke new groundAssoc. Prof. Türker Tekin Ergüzel said that all the articles in the journals published by Üsküdar University were included in these two systems with the works of PlumX and Altmetrics for the last three months. He gave the following information about the system:“These two metrics can be considered as two different companies. We benefit from the both of them. Both of them can be found in This is how it works; for example, an academic content is televised. We only share this publication in academic media, but it is also shared in social media in order to produce social impact. We share the simplified format of this publication with a summary text in data should reach the society and peopleWe believe that it is crucial for scientific studies to influence society. We generated because we are concerned about whether an academic study influences an individual and how people can benefit from these scientific articles. We provide the full article in English. These web contents enable the following; an individual can go to and reach to any academic article. The summary can also be read. When this summary is shared through Twitter and Facebook, it indicates that the related posts reach to so many people. There is also a pie chart graph that signifies the outcome of this post. What is it good for? It is used to measure how many people have reached to our academic work. These web metrics will be considered a standard.”Information should not only be on the shelfAssoc. Prof. Türker Tekin Ergüzel stated that the application should become widespread and he continued “This is only used by Üsküdar University. It has just started to become a standard in is a new channel. There is no other example. There is also no other example of this on social media. Both of these platforms are equally precious”.Assoc. Prof. Türker Tekin Ergüzel asserted that academic articles and studies are meaningful to society. He continued:“It is not enough if science is only reachable in the scientific and academic platforms. It is also important that academic studies influence people and society. Why should we look at such results only with an academic perspective? The closure of the distance between the society and scientists or science, will generate a vision to the individual. This is a method and people learn by method. They learn the method and gain experience in analyzing such a scientific view.”Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

11 Feb 2019

Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: "You made significant contribution to Turkey's mental health services"

Üsküdar University held a final sitting about Turkey’s Addiction and Mental Health Risk Profile Map Research Project. A certificate of achievement was presented to 125 students in the field of clinical psychology who took part in the project. Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan noted that this research revealed very important results and continued “You made a significant contribution to Turkey’s mental health services.” The project’s final sitting was held at Üsküdar University Altunizade Main Campus Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall. Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan, Üsküdar University Institute of Social Sciences Director and NP Feneryolu Medical Center Psychiatrist   Assoc. Prof. Gökben Hızlı Sayar and Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology Dr. Faculty Member Hüseyin Ünübol were in attendance.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan’s advice to young psychologistsThe research was carried out with a one-on-one interviews of 125 participants who hold master's degree in clinical psychology from Üsküdar University. Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan who made a speech at the meeting, gave professional advice to graduate students who took part in a project.This is not a thesis study onlyÜsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said; “You are at the end of your journey to become a clinical psychologist and psychologist. You conducted a great study. You have not only made a thesis study but you have also made a significant contribution to Turkey's mental health services. You revealed the country’s current condition in terms of mapping the mental health, addiction and behavioral addictions of the country. This is what the State has been trying to achieve.”These kinds of risk maps are important for the preventionProf. Nevzat Tarhan indicated that he made his first research in this area in the 1990's at GATA about substance abuse and presented it as his doctorate thesis and he said, “We did a study among the military service officers. There are very significant and important difference on alcohol abuse rate when I compare that data with today’s data. The current state of the world is along the same line. For this reason, it is crucial to have the risk maps in order to decide on which policies to establish, where to invest in and which subjects to concentrate on. These studies determine the strategic priorities. Information and teams are determined according to priorities. I think this study will enable the State to increase the number of state psychologist staff and therefore the result of this study will result in such conclusion as there is a need for this. There are enormous problems coming at us. Psychology will not be a top profession out of nowhere. We came to the mentioned conclusion through this study. This has been a great study and I thank everyone whoever contributed to this study.”The priory is to be a good individualProf. Nevzat Tarhan gave some advice to the students and pointed out that the priority is to be a good individual above all and he continued as, “Theoretical classes are done and thesis period is about to be finished. When I am asked in the meeting, conferences that what it takes to be a good doctor, a good psychologist; I always say that being a good individual is a necessary priority. If a person cannot be a good individual, then he/she cannot also be a good engineer, good doctor or good psychologist. This is crucial for all professions but it is more crucial to be for the psychologists.We should have visions about the society and humanity Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated that crime rates and violence increased in the USA during the 2000's and why people do evil. He said;“New York State University Forensic Psychiatry Unit developed a scale. The core meaning of evil is being investigated in psychiatry. People are successful but are not happy. A new field called “Positive Psychology” emerged while the reason behind the increase of depression and violence are studied. Harvard University started to give lectures on this subject on 2015 and Yale University started the course on 2018. We had this course as compulsory on 2013. What does Positive Psychology explain? It explains what it is to be a good individual. It is not only important to be successful with scientific methodology but how good of an individual we are at the end of our lives. We should have visions about the society and humanity. We benefit the most when we become good individuals. We become happier as we make others happy.”Tarhan: “Being a psychologist is not only a profession but also an art”Prof. Tarhan explained, “Patients can sense the good intentions and they become loyal to the treatments. If there is no good intention but self-interest, then the patients also sense this and the connection is lost right away. Your good intentions result in successful treatment and trust. Good faith and good effort are very important in the therapist - client relationship. My second suggestion is to be a good listener and observer. It is important to analyze the patient first and become a good observer instead of practicing whatever it is in your head. It is important to read between the lines of what the patient says and this happens through listening. Obviously this is established by experience. Being a psychologist is not only profession but also an art because you give the best service only when you become a master of this. You will master over the years as you listen carefully. Being an active listener and an observer cause you to mature in years.”You should have medical and therapy techniques in your treatment methodProf. Nevzat Tarhan continued as, “My third suggestion is for you to have a certain treatment method”. “When you have a patient in your office, you should be able to apply different techniques rather than holding onto only one treatment style. You should have medical and therapy techniques in your treatment method. It is essential to know whether the patient uses any drugs or whether the patient needs neuromodulation.  Psychopharmacology has a great responsibility when they prescribe drugs. If you have a certain method, you would make less mistakes”.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan concluded: “We must have ethical standards. The human brain thinks these are the principles it has to follow. Anyone who holds principles, has an inner guard unwittingly.  The ethical standards within the self inhibits the wrong doing. The ethical standards block the wrong doing as it protects both the patient and us. Being virtuous always has positive effect in the long term. Being an ethical therapist will protect you in life. You can always hold your head up high.”Regional representatives gave information about researchÜsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology Dr. Faculty Member Hüseyin Ünübol gave the outline of the project. Representatives of the three main regions of the research Şenay Dayan, Gaye Göklü and Sena Varlık provided information on “Addiction Types and Risk Maps”. Another regional representative Ayşe Naz Hazal Sezen gave presentation on “Mental Health Variables and Risk Maps”.Certificate of achievement presented to 125 studentsÜsküdar University Institute of Social Sciences Director NP Feneryolu Medical Center Psychiatrist Assoc. Prof. Gökben Hızlı Sayar and Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology Dr. Faculty Member Hüseyin Ünübol presented certificates of achievement to 125 students who currently study in clinical psychology master’s program.Photos: Zahid Aslan / Meryem ÖzkanÜsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

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