Training and Capacity Building

Since the beginning of our activities in 2005, we have seen a chronic shortage of mental health professionals in Iraq and Syria. In particular, there are no trained psychotherapists, as there are no training programs for this subject in Iraq. This is devastating in a region where families and children have suffered for decades from the consequences of violence and human rights violations. In order to better respond to the complex needs of those affected, we invest in the regular training of local specialists and staff.

Training and Supervision for Healthcare Professionals

The Jiyan Foundation systematically trains local psychologists and social workers while providing regular supervision. This way we can guarantee that our employees acquire important knowledge in various areas which are crucial to our work. These training areas include, but are not limited to:

Our training usually takes about two years to complete and empowers the participants to treat very difficult cases. Together with partner organizations, we draw on an international trainer pool, which supports the sustainable professional development of psychotherapists in the region.

Passing on Knowledge

Experienced Jiyan Foundation staff pass on their knowledge to local professionals who work with survivors of human rights violations on a daily basis. We want to educate them on the topics of human rights, trauma and mental health, and strengthen their professional knowledge in these subjects. Our trained teams offer seminars and consultations for

  • Teachers and educators
  • Social workers in public institutions, such as women’s shelters and orphanages
  • Healthcare professionals

How You Can Support

With your donation you support the building of a peaceful and free society in Iraq and Syria. They make long-term and visible changes possible for people who want to find their way back to a healthy and independent life after violence and war. You can find the donation form here.


    Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights Lena Otte Head of Training and Capacity Building

    Lena Otte
    Head of Training and Capacity Building