EPN BREAKFAST TALKS 17: Dr. Ertugrul Tas (Psychologist, Academician and Writer)

   27 October 2013 10:00

  Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 Schaarbeek, België



Family in Turkish community in Belgium – The dynamics of marriage, impacts on individuals, couples and family life

Psychologist Ertuğrul Taş

Date : Oct 27 Sunday 10.30 – 1.00 a.m.

Location : FEDACTIO (Rue des Palais 27/5, 1030 BRUSSELS)

Price : 8€ (5€ for EPN members)


As European Professionals Network (EPN), we continue to bring together experts representing various professions on the last Sunday of every month to provide the attendants with the opportunity to discuss current issues.

In this month’s talk, clinical psychologist Ertuğrul Taş will tackle the dynamics of family and marriage and methods to control and deal with these dynamics with a speech titled “Family and Marriage in the Turkish community in Belgium.”

On behalf of  EPN, we would be delighted to have your presence at this breakfast talk which will also include the issues of depression, stress, alienation and communication problems which are swiftly increasing in the society we live. 


Short Biography of Taş

Ertuğrul Taş has studied at Ankara University’s Psychological Consultancy and Counseling Department and Université Catholique de Louvain’s Clinical Psychology Department with a specific focus on sexology. Taş, then, earned a doctoral degree at the Université Catholique de Louvain. As part of his doctoral degree, he examined migrations from Turkey to Belgium through marriage and the psychopathologic problems spouses face with during the migration and adaptation process.

Working as a team and project coordinator at the La Louvière Migrant Adaptation Center between the years of 1997-2013, Taş has also worked as clinical psychologist and sexologist at various institutions in Charleroi, Mons and Liège. He co-founded a mental health center called “Sémaphore” in Mons offering psychological services to migrants only.


Taş has attended a number of national and international conferences, seminars and other events related to his study field. He also has written book and articles. He is married and has two children.


Conference Programme

10:00-10:30    Registration

10:30-11:30    Breakfast

11:40-12:30    Talk with Ertuğrul Taş

12:30-13:00    Questions&Answers


Program Report

At the 17th edition of EPN’s breakfast talk series, we hosted clinical psychologist Ertuğrul Taş. Following a rich and family-friendly breakfast, Taş began his speech by underscoring the importance of marriage which functions as a tool to transmit one’s culture to the next generations and giving excerpts from his study including statistics of the marriage of Turks living in Belgium. He said Turks in Belgium mostly desire and seek Turkish spouses and they want spouses from Turkey more than from Belgium. Besides this interesting fact, Taş talked about the problems and challenges Turkish couples face in Belgium noting that the spouse that has come from Turkey after getting married mostly needs a great deal of accompaniment and assistance from his or her spouse who is more familiar with the order, system and language of Belgium which may result in depression or lack of self-confidence, the psychologist remarked. In order to overcome such challenges and communication problems that occur between the spouses as they are raised up in different countries, Turkish couples in Belgium should be more careful and sensitive about their share of responsibility and achieving reconciliation. Taş ended his speech by making further suggestions for happy marriage which received quite an interest from the audience. 

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