I am Dr Merih Fidan, educated both in Turkey and Britain. I am a passionate, optimist, visionary and hard working psyhcologist and academic. My teaching techniques have evolved in time after i have taught to adult mature higher education students. It includes peer review, small group, explortaive and empowering type of teaching with the aim of giving confidence, providing knowledge and skills to the students.
I have been working as an academic tutor, assessor, lecturer and supervisor in Leicester university since 2013. I am a psychologist with BA and MSc in Psychology.But i also did Masters of Research in Psychology (MRes) in University of Birmingham, and PhD in Research in Counselling and Psyhcotherapy in University of Leicester. I specialise on qualitative research methods.
I have also been working as a private practitioner offering counselling/therapy using integrative and Cognitive Behavioural Approach since 1992.
I can offer my work in Turkish language as well.
DR. MERIH BEKTAS FIDAN
Personal Profile Organized, committed and inspiring individual with good team playing skills
Education and Academic Qualifications
2009- 2017 PhD Research in Counselling & Psychotherapy University of Leicester
2003 - 2005 MRes Research in Psychology University of Birmingham
1992 -1996 MSc Health Psychology Karadeniz Technical University
1988 -1992 BA Psychology Ege University, Izmir. Turkey.
Professional Trainings: Teaching
2003- 2016 Centre for Learning and Academic Development in Leicester University & Birmingham University:
Teaching skills; Learner Support in teaching; Marking & Grading, Giving Lecture, Introduction to
Assessment and Feedback, One- to- One Academic Tutoring, Supporting Student Learning,
including giving advice and feedback, Common Problems in Teaching, Teaching in Small Groups.
2013 Marking learners work and assessing their language level. Birmingham City Council
2009 Enhancing Critical Thinking in Higher Education. Foundation for Critical Thinking California. USA
2008 Effective Online Tutoring Oxford University
2006 Facilitator Training Programme: ‘Psychology in Action’, My Time Ltd. Birmingham
2005 ESOL Teaching Training. Josiah Mason College Birmingham
2003 ‘Teaching Skills’. Training for postgraduate students. Birmingham
2017 Advanced Mixed Research Methods Warwick University
2017 Ethics in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Oxford University
2011 NVivo for Qualitative Research Methods Birmingham &Leicester University
2007 Qualitative Research Methods University of Leicester
2007 Online Research Methods University of Manchester
2007 Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Aston University
2015 CPD training for interpreting. 11th June. Birmingham Aston University
2013 English for Academic Purposes. Modern Languages Department. Leicester Univ.
2008 Teaching English as a Foreign Language. UK-TEFL. Birmingham
2007 Training for Language Interpreters’. Absolute Interpreting &Translations. Birmingham
2003 Translation Studies. Postgraduate Certificate. City University of London London
2002 CPD. ‘Interpreting and Translation’. Express Interpreting & Translations. Birmingham
2001 TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) (Computerized). London
11/2017 Practitioner Day: ESRC. Birkbeck’s Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research. London
03/2014 Essential Supervision Skills, British Psychological Society Birmingham
03/2012 ‘Talk to a counsellor’ training towards Online Counselling London
06/ 2011 Mental Health Interpreting. Mother-tongue (Multi Ethnic Counselling) Reading
06/2009 Local Enhanced Services for Mental Health. Birmingham &Solihull MH Trust. Birmingham
03/2009 Critical Thinking. Foundation for Critical Thinking California
05/2008 In service training on ‘Intercultural Dialogue through European projects’ Puglia, Italy
12/2007 Lifelong Learning and Intercultural Dialogue France
09/2006 Working with Media. British Psychological Society London
11/2004 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Training London
2001-2002 Person-Centred Counselling. University of Birmingham Birmingham
1999-2000 Social Psychology: Social Worlds, Personal Lives Open Uni.
1991-1992 PGCE Teacher Training. Ege University, Izmir. Turkey
2015-Present Lecturer & Supervisor University of Leicester Leicester
2013-2015 Academic Tutor & Assessor University of Leicester Leicester
2012-2013 Tutor Bournville College Birmingham
2011-2012 Lecturer Cross-cultural Counselling. My Time CIC. Birmingham
2009-2010 Counsellor Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust Birmingham
2008–2009 Project Manager ‘Listening with Care’. Harborne Parish Land Church Birmingham
2007-2009 Project Manager ‘Building Real Intercultural Dialogue’. ECOTEC Birmingham
2007-2008 Tutor ESOL. Josiah Mason College Birmingham
2006-2007 Psychologist My Time Ltd. Birmingham
2007-2007 Tutor Citizenship: Eurasia Educational Centre Birmingham
2003-2004 Assistant Psychologist University of Birmingham Birmingham
2001-Present Interpreter& Translator National and International UK
1996-1997 Lecturer Psychology & Research Methods. KTU Trabzon
1994-1997 Clinical Psychologist Department of Psychiatry Trabzon
Publications and Presentations
Paper presentation III. International Symposium on Critical and Analytical Thinking. University of Istanbul. &Speaker to be presented in April 2018
Brief Paper Elephant in the room!: Counselling non-English speaking clients through
Interpreters. Society for Psychotherapy Research Conference. Oxford. September 2017
Published Paper A Quantisation of Cognitive Learning Process by Computer Graphics-Games:
Towards More Efficient Learning Models. Open Access Library Journal,
Orun, A.B., Seker, H., Rose, J., Moemeni, A. and Fidan, M. January 2016
Published Paper The impact of critical thinking on mental health. 1st International Critical and
Analytical Thinking Symposium. Sakarya University. Turkey. April 2015
Published Paper The importance of amalgamating inter-professional education to the higher education
curriculum in Turkey. Journal of Higher Education). February 2014
Oral Presentation A comparative investigation of experiences of interpreters and counsellors in
working with non-English speaking clients in triadic frame of therapy.
Birckbeck College. London. June 2016
Poster Pre. COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland). What concerns counsellors
working with interpreters in therapeutic settings? Stirling, Scotland. November 2011
Poster Pre. Hearing the unheard: How do interpreters and therapist make sense of
interpreting process’. Festival of Postgraduate Studies. University of Leicester. June 2010
Published Paper Motivation for Work in People with Intellectual Disabilities.
Journal of Learning Disabilities. October 2010
Oral Presentation Mental health needs of asylum seeker men. Conference. Warwick University. July 2009
Published summary Life Coaching. BPS. West Midlands Branch Newsletter. November 2008
Oral Presentation How to foster Critical Thinking’. Analytic Thinking Society. Ankara. August 2008
Published Newsletter Working with New Communities’. British Psychological Society. January 2007
Oral Presentation Transact Thematic Forum ‘Financial Inclusion and Multiculturalism’. London. June 2006
Speaker & Facilitator Psychology of Asylum. My Time Counselling & Training Centre. Birmingham. April 2006
Poster Presentation Further Investigation in employment motivation in people with intellectual disabilities. University of Worcester. Career’s Event. BPS. April 2006
Oral presentation European Project: My Voice. (Educational Grundtvig 2 Socrates.Berlin. March 2006
Poster presentation Predicting User-engagement: An application of Social Identity Theory.
Birmingham University. April 2004
Paper presentation The prevalence of depression in elderly medical patients”. VIII. Congress of
the International Psychiatry Association, Jerusalem – Israel. August 1997
Paper presentation Incidence of Suicide in the City of Trabzon”, XXXII National Psychiatry Congress. September 1996
Paper presentation The Prevalence of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) among Working Women”.
XXXI. National Psychiatry Congress, Harbiye- Istanbul. September 1995
Paper presentation The Prevalence of Depression and Dementia among Elderly Medical Patients” II. Congress,
Istanbul. May 1995
Published Translation Works (from English into Turkish)
Article (To be published). ‘Developing Pluralistic Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Using What the Client Knows.’ Prof. John McLeod. The European Journal of Counselling Psychology, 2013, Vol. 2(1), 51–64
Book Critical Thinking in Children. The Foundation of Critical Thinking. (concealed information)
Book How to Detect Media Bias and Propaganda in the International and National News.
The Foundation of Critical Thinking, USA.
Article Road Aggression. David Shinar. Journal of ‘Life and Health’. Ankara University.
Book The Mini Guide to Critical Thinking. Concepts & Tools. Foundation for Critical Thinking.
Article Evidence-based psychotherapy. John Marziller/The Psychologist, Vol.17, No 7, July 2004.
Book Mystics & Shamans and Doctors (Book). Sudir Kakar, USA.
Article Psychotherapy and Religion: Old Gods and New Gods.’ Alistair Ross. University of Birmingham
Article The State of Art: Psychopathy (J. Blair). The Psychologist, 13. Turkish Psychology Bulletin
2016 Muslim Counsellor and Psychotherapist Network UK
2015 WMITI (West Midlands Institution of Translating and Interpreting) UK
2013 CAIPE (Centre for the Advancement of Inter-Professional Education) UK
2011 Bilingual Therapists and Interpreters Forum UK
2010 British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), 687296 UK
2000 British Psychological Society (BPS), 098342 UK
1992 Turkish Psychological Association, 1461 TURKEY
Extra- Curricular Activities and Received Awards
2017-Present Reviewer British Psychological Society
2016-Present Founder & Secretary Centre for Anglo-Turkish Community Relations Birmingham
2015-Present Committee Member Critical Analytical Thinking Academy Turkey
2013-2015 Advisor Community Adult Education Centre Birmingham
2008-2011 Executive Director My Time CIC. Birmingham
2012 Bursary Award Social enterprise project, Enterprise Inc. Leicester University
2007 Fund Award European Adult Learning Project, ECOTEC Birmingham
2007 Community Award Innovation of the year ‘Sanctuary’ Project,
British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
2007 Translation Award ‘Business in the Community’: ‘Race for Opportunities’ London
2006-2007 Chair Person Governing Body. Nelson Mandela Primary School. Birmingham
2006 Interpreting Award ‘Professionalism, Punctuality and Good-attendance’. Birmingham
Express Interpreting &Translation Services. Birmingham
2005-2008 Committee Member British Psychological Society West Midlands Branch
References are available on request
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