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ISPRESC Istanbul 2024



The International School-Based Counseling Policy and Practice Conference

Promoting Psychological Resilience in Schools

Yeditepe University, Istanbul/Turkey

6-8 September 2024



In these challenging times, marked by conflicts, global crises, and widespread disasters, the need for psychological resilience in students is paramount. We are excited to announce the "International School-Based Counseling Policy and Practice Conference," a pioneering event dedicated to fostering resilience in educational settings. Set against the backdrop of historic Istanbul, this conference is a call to school counselor educators, school counselors, policymakers in education, and mental health professionals working with children and adolescents to come together from September 6 to 8, 2024.

This event is more than just a conference; it is a crusade to forge resilient educational communities globally. By pooling our collective wisdom, we have the power to redefine the future of school counseling. This conference represents an unparalleled opportunity to exchange ideas and collaborate for the betterment of our students' mental health and resilience.

Join us in this transformative endeavor. Let us come together to share, learn, and grow.


Why Attend?

Collaborative Learning: Engage with experts in school counseling, policymakers, and educators from around the globe. Share insights, discuss challenges, and explore innovative solutions.

Cutting-Edge Research: Discover the latest research and best practices in promoting psychological resilience in schools.

Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded professionals and build a network that spans continents.

Professional Development: Enhance your skills and knowledge in school-based counseling and mental health support.

Cultural Immersion: Experience the vibrant culture of Istanbul, a city that bridges continents and civilizations.


Who is This Conference for?

School Counseling Practitioners

School Counselor Educators

Policymakers in Education and Mental Health

Mental Health Professionals working with Children and Adolescents

Undergraduate & Graduate Students in relevant fields

Join Us!



Registration fees for participants from foreign countries


Conference Fees

Participants from foreign countries- 235 Euros/ 250 Dollars

Master's and PhD students from foreign countries- 185 Euros/ 200 Dollars


For participants from foreign countries:

BANK ADDRESS 19 Mayıs, İnönü Cd. No:104, 34736 Kadıköy/İstanbul
EURO TR13 0006 7010 0000 0034 8008 45
USD TR76 0006 7010 0000 0092 8550 84


Please note:

The specified fees must be paid in full. Commission fees are the responsibility of the participant.

Registration fees for participants from Turkey



  Early Registration Fee (Deadline June 1st) Registration Fee
Academics  3000 TL 6000 TL
School Counselors  2000 TL 4000 TL
İstek Schools Teachers  1500 TL 3000 TL
Master's and PhD students  1000 TL 2000 TL
Undergraduate students 750 TL 1500 TL



For participants from Turkey:

Banka Adres 19 Mayıs, İnönü Cd. No:104, 34736 Kadıköy/İstanbul
TL TR02 0006 7010 0000 0030 9723 56

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers


John C. Carey

Professor Emeritus 

Director Emeritus, Center for Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation


"Evidence-based Programs and Implications for Universities"


Dr. Carey has expertise in the development and evaluation of interventions to promote self-direction and engagement of children and youths. He recently served as the Co-PI directing the evaluation component of a large IES-funded cluster randomized trial of the impact of Student Success Skills on students’ school engagement, metacognitive skill development and academic achievement. He is the co-developer of Eccomi Pronto, an early elementary school program to increase students’ self determination skills and school engagement and of the Protective Factors Index, an assessment system that uses teacher ratings to measure students’ social-emotional development. Dr. Carey is very active internationally. He has been a Fulbright Specialist at Christ University (Bangalore) and Korea University (Seoul) where he assisted counseling programs to develop an orientation towards evidence-based practice. In addition, Dr. Carey has recently edited the International Handbook for Policy Research on School-Based Counseling. He is currently leading a 12-nation comparative study of the activities of school-based counselors. Finally, Dr. Carey has extensive experience in program and grant management having served as an Associate Dean, Department Chair, Program Coordinator, Center Director, and Principal Investigator over the past 28 years.




Aslı Uz Baş


"Psychological Resilience in the Context of School Counseling"


Dr. Uz Baş completed her undergraduate education at Hacettepe University Psychological Counseling and Guidance Program, and her master's and doctoral education at Dokuz Eylül University Psychological Counseling and Guidance Program. She is currently working as a full-time faculty member in Dokuz Eylül University Psychological Counseling and Guidance program and is the Deputy Director of Dokuz Eylül University Guidance and Psychological Counseling Application and Research Center.  She has completed theoretical and skills training in the field of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), basic training in Positive Psychotherapy, theory, supervision, and advanced training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), theoretical training in Compassion Focused Therapy, and also has the title of "Mindfulness Trainer".  Her main research interests include counselor training, school counseling, positive psychology, third wave CBT approaches. In addition to more than ten books, book chapters, book translations and translation editors in the field of Psychological Counseling and Guidance, she has more than fifty scientific articles published in national and international scientific journals related to her research areas. She is married and has a daughter.




Ragıp Özyürek



"School Counselors’ Accreditation Initiatives in Turkey"


Dr. Özyürek was born in Ankara in 1964 and graduated from Hacettepe University Counselor Education Sub-department in 1986. He completed his graduate studies at the same university in 1989. He completed his doctorate at Çukurova University in 1995. Dr. Özyürek worked as a research assistant and lecturer at Çukurova University since 1987, and as an assistant professor between 1995-2005. Özyürek passed the exam for associate professorship in the field of counselor education in 2005, and was appointed as a professor at Ege University in 2011. He worked as a guest lecturer in the Netherlands for a short time in 1997 to make a study trip, in the United States of America, in the Department of Counselor Education at the University of Florida for 6 months in 1999, and for 3 months in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Indiana University. He made a short visit in 2011 to give lessons to Turkish students studying social pedagogy at the 'Fachhoschule Düsseldorf' in Germany. Dr. Özyürek was a guest lecturer at Ege University, Faculty of Education, Sub-department of Counselor Education in the 2009-2010 academic year and served as a professor at this university between 2011-2014. Later, he retired in 2015 and started working at Istanbul Aydın University and Istanbul Medipol University. He is still a faculty member at Istanbul Aydın University. Dr. Özyürek was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Adana Branch of the Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Association between 2008-2009, and of the Izmir Branch between 2014-2015. Starting from 2021, he started to act as the founding chairman of the Accreditation Supreme Board of the Psychological Counseling and Guidance Education Programs Evaluation and Accreditation Unit of the Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Association. He has been the editor of the School Counselor e-Bulletin since 2013, and the first co-editor of the Journal of School Counseling since 2018. His fields of study are counselor training and supervision, career counseling, school counseling and statistics related to counseling. He has publications on the examination of vocational interests of middle school, high school and university students, the improvement of mathematics competencies, and school counseling practices. Özyürek is married and has two children.



Mike Trevisan


Dean-College Of Education, Educational Psychology


"ISPRESC - Overview Of The International Society For Policy Research And Evaluation For School-Based Counseling"


Dr. Trevisan is working on the use of program evaluation for the betterment of schools and communities. Much of this work is focused on building the professional capacity of school personnel to carry out evaluation work. Dr. Trevisan has provided workshops and seminars on various evaluation topics to graduate students and faculty in Canada, Greece, India, Italy, Korea, and Thailand. Dr. Trevisan is a founding member of the International Society of Policy Research and Evaluation in School-based Counseling (ISPRESC), an international coalition of faculty, deans, policy makers, and practitioners, promoting school-based counseling as a policy mechanism to support K-12 students and teachers in countries around the world. In 2020, Dr. Trevisan was elected as chair-elect of ISPRESC and is currently serving serving a 3-year term in this role, after which he will serve as chair.

Abstract Submission

Submission of Abstracts


Please note:

All participants are required to fill in the form after completing the payment process. 

Authors can submit a maximum of 3 abstracts for oral and/or poster presentation.

For our participants who cannot reach from the link above, you can register from the link below:


Please read the information below to register for the conference.



The conference will be conducted in English. All presentations, abstracts, and full papers must be in English.

The abstract should not exceed 500 words and must include the title, 3-5 keywords, aims/objectives, main perspective or theoretical/conceptual framework, methods, research design, mode of inquiry, data sources or evidence, and results and/or conclusions. It should also highlight the significance of the research to the field of school-based counseling.

Please submit two separate files for abstracts: one containing only the abstract, and the other including the abstract, your name, email address, and institutional affiliation.



Conference Abstracts and Proceedings Book: 

All accepted abstracts will be published in this book, which will have its own ISBN. 

You are also encouraged to submit your full paper. These papers undergo a double-blind review process. Upon acceptance, they will be published electronically, also with an ISBN. 

Journal Publications: 

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to these journals below:

Yeditepe University Journal of Education Faculty (EDU 7)

The Journal of School-based Counseling Policy and Evaluation (JSCPE)


Email address for abstract submission: isprescistanbul2024@yeditepe.edu.tr


Important Dates

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 5 August 2024

Deadline for Registration: 15 August 2024

Conference Dates: 6-8 September 2024





Tentative Program

The program will be announced soon.



Honorary President of Conference

Presidents of Conference


Organizing Committee

Scientific/Review Committee 

(Ordered alphabetically by last names)


Istanbul, a city straddling two continents, is a vibrant blend of history, culture, and modernity. If you're an international participant heading to Yeditepe University for the first time, congratulations on embarking on an exciting journey of education and exploration. This guide will help you navigate the bustling streets of Istanbul and reach Yeditepe University with ease.

  1. Arrival at Istanbul Airport: Most international flights land at Istanbul Airport (IST), the city's main international airport. Upon arrival, you'll go through immigration and customs procedures. Make sure to have your passport, visa, and any necessary documentation readily available.

  2. Transportation Options: From Istanbul Airport, you have several transportation options to reach Yeditepe University, which is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. Consider the following options:

    a. Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport. Make sure to use authorized taxi services and agree on a fare before starting your journey.

    b. Shuttle Services: Shared shuttle services operate from the airport to various destinations in Istanbul. These services offer a cost-effective and convenient way to reach your destination.

    c. Public Transport: Istanbul has an extensive public transportation system, including buses and metro services. While the metro doesn't directly connect to the Asian side, you can use a combination of metro and ferry or bus services.

  3. Crossing the Bosphorus: Since Yeditepe University is located on the Asian side, you'll need to cross the Bosphorus Strait. There are two main ways to do this:

    a. Ferry: Ferries operate between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. Take a ferry from the European side to Kadikoy or Uskudar, and then use a taxi or bus to reach Yeditepe University.

    b. Bus: Several bus lines connect the European and Asian sides through the Bosphorus bridges. You can take a bus from the European side to the Asian side and then reach Yeditepe University by taxi or bus.

  4. Yeditepe University Campus: Once you reach the Asian side, Yeditepe University is easily accessible by taxi or public transport. The university's campus is well-marked, and friendly locals will be happy to assist you if needed.

  5. Accommodations and Local Resources: Consider arranging your accommodation close to Yeditepe University to simplify your daily commute. Explore the local shops, markets, and restaurants to get a taste of Istanbul's rich culinary scene and vibrant culture.