Professional Educations

  • Training of trainers (TOT) in psychosomatic basic care

Over the past 20 years, the Iranian government has put significant effort into the improvement of the psychosocial and mental care of the population through an integration of appropriate services into the primary care. A crucial measure in this context formed the project for Family Medicine in which the subject of mental health played an important role. In this proposed project, a training module for mental health was developed and implemented with the goal of being incorporated into the program for Family Medicine of the Iranian government. In collaboration with Iranian general practitioners, psychiatrists and psychotherapists, this curriculum was adapted taking special concerns of Iran into account. Among other things, the objective of the Family Medicine project was to offer an additional qualification for the large number of doctors who bore the main burden of medical care; a qualification that encouraged the work motivation and job satisfaction and one that improved the medical level of competence, and thereby the medical care. The proposed project aimed to contribute to the improvement and development of the curriculum in the context of the Family Medicine project of the Iranian government, especially in the field of psychosocial care.

Establishment of basic psychosomatic care in family medicine residency program started in 2016 and with coordination between community and family medicine department, Danesh-e Tandorosti institute and Psychosomatic Research Center, the first workshop was performed in IUMS.

  • Post doctorate program in psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy

From 2010 to 2013, Psychosomatic Research Center of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences cooperatively with Danesh-e Tandorosti Institute, and under supervision of Psychosomatic Department of Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany, held level 1 training program “psychosomatic basic care” for a group of physicians and clinical psychologists. Having made required coordination with Freiburg University, localized level 2 syllabus “psychosomatic therapies”, and added some other clinical skills and materials, “research and educational postdoctoral program in psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy” was developed to be executed and provide effective psychosomatic services in health system. Educational strategies of this course is a clinical skill training of 2-year period based on educational strategies for lecturing, workshop, mirror room, live interview, role playing, case discussions, case report, team work, group and individual training, Balint groups, reflecting teams, supervision and training in psychosomatic clinics.