Senem Zeytinoğlu Saydam is the Director of the Couple and Family Program at Özyeğin University and one of the supervisors at ÖzÜÇAM. She is also a full-time faculty member of the Psychology Department of Özyeğin University.
Dr. Saydam received her BA in psychology from Koç University. She completed her masters at Teachers College, Columbia University in psychological counseling. She completed her PhD in couple and family therapy from Drexel University and was the recipient of Ivan Boszomenyi-Nagy Social Justice Award. Her doctoral dissertation was on couples’ experiences when raising their children born with cleft lip and/or palate. Zeytinoğlu’s research focuses on couples and families coping with illness, emotionally focused couple therapy, medical family therapy applications and experiences of coping with trauma. In addition to all of these, Dr. Zeytinoğlu Saydam became the first and only The International Center of Excellence in Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy (ICEEFT) approved Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy supervisor of Turkey.
Dr. Senem Zeytinoğlu Saydam is the Director of the Couple and Family Program at Özyeğin University and one of the supervisors at ÖzÜÇAM. She is also a full-time faculty member of the Psychology Department of Özyeğin University.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Selenga GÜRMEN
Dr. Selenga Gürmen is a full-time faculty member of the Psychology Department of Özyeğin University and one of the supervisors at ÖzÜÇAM.
Dr. Selenga Gürmen graduated summa cum laude from Bogazici University with a BA in Psychology in 2010. She obtained her Masters and PhD in Marriage and Family therapy from University of Connecticut in 2012 and 2015, respectively. Her research on Marriage and Family Therapy field focuses mostly on issues around co-parenting, divorce, and high-conflict therapy. Currently, she aims to understand extended family relationships after divorce and extended family’s supportive role on co-parenting among divorced families. In light of the findings from her research, Dr. Gürmen also develops various therapy modalities and parent education programs that target decreased conflict and increased cooperation among high-conflict co-parents. Dr. Gürmen also engaged in several studies that examine several tenets of Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection Theory (IPARTheory) and she is actively involved in translations and adaptation of measures of IPARTheory. Dr. Gürmen completed her training on couple and family therapy supervision and gained more than 200 hours of supervision experience. Therefore, she has been qualified as an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dr. Serkan ÖZGÜN
Dr. Serkan Özgün is a part-time faculty member of the Psychology Department of Özyeğin University and one of the supervisors at ÖzÜÇAM.
Serkan Özgün obtained his B.A. in 1998, and M.A. in Psychology in 2002 with his dissertation titled “Communication Effectiveness and Express of Emotion in Families with Children Diagnosed with Schizophrenia” from İstanbul University. Following the 17thAugust Earthquake, he started to work as a volunteer of Turkish Psychological Association (TPD) as a therapist at the earthquake area. After receiving Master's degree, he stayed at New York for two years and completed two postgraduate programs in the fields of trauma (ITSP, NYU) and family therapy (Ackerman Institute, NYU) before he came back to Turkey. He received his PhD with his thesis study titled “The Predictors of the Traumatic Effect of Extramarital Infidelity on Married Women” from Middle East Technical University in 2010. Following his doctorate, he gave lectures in the fields of trauma and family psychology at universities. Between 2012 and 2016, he took part in Trauma Master's Program at Okan University. Serkan Özgün started to work as a psychotherapist at Davranış Bilimleri Enstitüsü (DBE) in 2004 and continued at İNDA Solution Focus Consultancy and Training Center, where he was one of the founders. Currently, he continues to work as a therapist at Bude Psychotherapy Center, where he is the founder and he continues to work focusing on disaster and field studies within TPD.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Gizem ERDEM
Gizem Erdem is one of the supervisors at ÖzÜÇAM.
She completed her B.A. in the Department of Psychology at Bogazici University in 2006 and Ph.D. in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at The Ohio State University with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy in 2014. Her clinical training and experience focused on relationship conflict, infidelity, pre-marital counseling as well as families struggling with substance abuse and adolescent problem behaviors. Dr. Erdem conducts research on at-risk youth and their families in collaboration with the UNICEF, Turkish Ministry of Justice, and Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policy.). She is also a consultant to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Family Therapy Expert Group advising on applications of family therapy in adolescent substance abuse treatment in low and middle income countries. Her theory of change for therapy and supervision integrates Boszormenyi-Nagy’s Contextual Family Therapy Theory and Kagitcibasi Family Change Theory.
Neylan ÖZDEMİR, M.A.
Neylan Özdemir is one of the supervisors at ÖzÜÇAM.
She received her Bachelor's Degree in Pedagogy from Istanbul University in 1977 and Master's Degree in Guidance and Psychological Counseling from Boğaziçi University in 1985. She completed the Certificate Program in Group Counseling from “La Joya Institute” and completed the Certificate Program in Pyschological Crisis and Intervention Techniques and Couple and Family Therapy from “Community Stress Prevention Center” and “Nord International Trauma Consultancy”. She continues Couple and Family Therapy Supervisor Training. She is co-founder of BAKIŞ Eğitim ve Psikolojik Danışma Merkezi. She is currently a trainer, psychological counselor and family and couple therapist. Also, she is co-founder of Couple and Family Therapies Association (ÇATED).
Sibel Usluer ERENEL, M.A.
Sibel Usluer Erenel is one of the supervisors at ÖzÜÇAM.
Sibel Usluer Erenel completed her Master's Degree in Bogazici University in Psychological Counseling. After that, she received her second Master's Degree from California State University Hayward-Family, Marriage and Children Therapy and School Counseling. Sibel Usluer Erenel is the first and only United States California State licensed marriage and family therapist of Turkey and Association of American Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)-approved supervisor. She is the founder and director of Satir Institute of Human Development and Family Therapy. She is also is the president of YÖRET foundation. In 2011 she received “ Satir Model Satir Transformational Systemic Family Therapy Leadership Award” which was awarded to 14 people around the world and in 2013 “Unsung Hero Award” due to the training program she developed and being a pioneer of Satir Model in Turkey, by SIP.