Keynote Speakers

Prof. Nilufer Havva Voltan Acar

Professor Dr. Nilufar VOLTAN ACAR graduated from Uskudar American Girls' High School in 1970. In 1974, she received her Master's degree from Hacettepe University, Department of Social Work. She is also specialized in Psychological Counseling and Guidance from Hacettepe University, 1975. She also received MSW degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. In 1980, she pursued her PhD degree in Psychological Counseling and Guidance, Hacettepe University. In the same year, she began psychodrama training courses at University of Ankara and German Moreno Institute and in 1993 she became a psychodrama leader. She also participated in various Gestalt training groups. Additionally, she was a founder and head of Turkish Psychology Counselling and Coaching Association at American Psychological Association (APA) from 1996 to 2003 and an honorary member of International School Psychology Association (ISPA). Currently she is the dean of the Department of Education at Ted University. Her professional fields of interest are group psychotherapy, group dynamics, communication skills in psychotherapy, theories and applications in psychotherapy, and Gestalt therapy.

Prof. Mehmet Hakan Turkchapar

In 1990, Prof. Mehmet Hakan Turkchapar completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Medicine at Hacettepe University. He received cognitive psychotherapy training at Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in 1997 at University of Pennsylvania. In 1999, he completed his Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy training at New York Ellis Institute. In 2000, he became a doctor in psychiatry. Furthermore, in 2002, he became a scientific expert in the field of social anthropology at Ankara University and in 2009 he completed his PhD degree and received the title of Doctor of Social Anthropology. In 2003, he was certified by Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) as a Cognitive Therapist. Prof. Turkchapar has been in the ACT's international accreditation committee since 2005. In 2012, he was also certified by ACT as supervisor. Additionally, two books entitled "Freud" and "Antipsychiatry" and more than a hundred scientific articles have been produced by Prof. Turkchapar. He is currently the chairman of the Department of Psychology at Kalyoncu University and Balkan Association of Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapists Association.

Assoc. Prof. Ejder Akgun Yildirim

Prof. Ejder Akgun graduated from Cerrahpasha Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, an English medium university, 1997. In the same year he started his career as an assistant at Bakırkoy Mental Health and Neurological Diseases Training and Research Hospital, 2nd Neurosis Unit and became a Psychiatric Specialist in March 2002. He started his PhD in physiology at the Cerrahpasha Faculty of Medicine at Istanbul University in 1999 and became a Doctor of Physiology Science in 2004. He served as a manager of Health and Care center of Halidere during the Great Marmara Earthquake of 1999. In 2005, he became an instructor of Sexual Therapist in Sexual Education Treatment and Research Association. He received the title of psychodrama therapist and started working with Prof. Dr. Arshaluys. He became a doctor in psychiatry. Additionally, he worked as a supervisor of Turkish Prison and Health Association. He is currently the Chairman of Abdulkadir Ozbek Psychodrama Institute Trainers’ Board and Member of Ethics Committee. He has about 2000 hours of managerial experience and supervises group psychotherapy trainings, life groups, senior patient groups and social phobia groups in his institution and professional associations, academic sociometry and group dynamics.

Prof. Ebru Chengel Kultur

Prof. Ebru Chengel Kultur graduated from Hacettepe University in Medicine in 1996. In 2002 she became a specialist trainer in ‘Children’s Mental Health and Illnesses’ at Hacettepe University. Later on, she joined the university as an assistant professor in 2006. She has a four month research experience at Children Hospital of Toronto University in two different topics: “Child and Adolescence Psychiatry” and “Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and related illnesses”. Between 1997 and 1999, she completed ‘psychodynamic psychotherapy’ training course, conducted by “Psychiatry Assistants and Specialists Association” and organized by Prof. Leyla Zileli. Furthermore, she participated in ‘Game Therapy’ training, organized by Prof. Dr. Ferhunde Oktem and proceeded to study ‘Family Therapy’ at Ankara University in 2003. Prof. Chengel completed the basic level of “Psychodrama sociometry and group psychotherapy” training course, conducted by Dr. Abdulkadir Institute of Turkish Group Psychotherapy Association between 1998 and 2004. Additionally, she was a manager of Child and Adolescence Mental Health Association from 2004 to 2005. She won the award a ‘Mualla Ozturk Child Mental Health” for the research article entitled ‘Early childhood (age 1-3) Determination of Mental Health Profile". Currently, she is a chairman of the board of Hacettepe University Child and Adolescence Mental Health Department. Her professional fields of interest are attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, early childhood and psychopathology.

Prof. Frederick P. Bemak

Prof. Frederick P.Bemak completed his Bachelor’s degree in Boston University in 1970. It took him four years to do both his Master’s degree in Science and Doctoral degree in Counselling at University of Massachusetts between the years of 1971 till 1975. Since 2013, he has been proceeding his academic career at George Mason University. He was a guest honorary professor at Ohio University in 2008 and worked for Johns Hopkins University from 1991 to 2000. Fred is a former Fulbright Scholar, Kellogg Foundation International Fellow, and World Rehabilitation Fund International Fellow and his research and work focuses on cross-cultural mental health, post-disaster mental health, cultural adaptation, and refugee and immigrant psychosocial adjustment. He regularly provides consultation and training for schools, community organizations, and governmental agencies throughout the United States and internationally in 55 countries. He has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters and professional journal articles about disaster and refugee mental health including a book entitled ‘Counseling Refugees: A Psychosocial Approach to Innovative Multicultural Interventions and the Development of the Disaster Cross-Cultural Counseling Model’.