National seminar in Turkey

Organizer: Kocaeli University 

Date: 22th June 2018

Location: Kocaeli,  Kocaeli University Psychiatry Department

The aim of the National Seminar was to share the experience of designing and delivering a KHub for preparing health professionals and volunteers dealing with migrants and refugees; to share the learning and networking activities that can be undertaken on the KHub;to raise awareness about  the advantages and challenges of using the KHub to provide  emotional and  psychological support  for migrants and refugees; to provide a hands-on experience  of using the KHub 's training guide;to gain the participants' views and suggestions regarding the sustainability of our project results.

Participants: A total of 33 participants attended the national seminar in the Kocaeli, Turkey on the 22th June 2018. Participants included mental health nurses, psychiatrists, volunteers, social workers and students.

The topics of the seminars included:

  • Presentation of the project activities and outputs
  • Presentation of the Khub and a workshop on how to use it
  • Discussion to exchange ideas on ways to use the project results
  • Feedback for measuring the potential impact of the project’s outputs by administrating evaluation questionnaires to the participants
  • Presentation by Dr Umit Tural and Dr Firdevs Alioglu

Short term impact on the participants:

  • Increased awareness, sensitivity and knowledge about refugees’ issues
  • Increased knowledge about the refugees’ and migrants’ health needs
  • Increased knowledge about providing emotional support to for refugees and migrants
  • New opportunities to share and exchange, as well as the creation of alliances for future collaborations and networking on the KHub

Long term impact of the project outputs (KHub)

  • Reinforcing vocational education and training through innovative practices
  • Increasing quality of education and training, health workforce development and training
  • Reinforcing education and support for disadvantaged people
  • Addressing main challenges to respond to sudden, large-scale arrivals of migrants
  • Promoting active participation and European democratic values