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Sezercan Ucar

Sezercan Ucar, Ph.D. Student in Marriage and Family Therapy

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Sezercan Ucar, Ph.D. Student in Marriage and Family Therapy

Department of Human Development and Family Science

Sezercan Ucar is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Marriage and Family Therapy concentration field of Human Development at Virginia Tech. He finished his B.A. in Psychology, minor in International Relations, and his M.A. in Psychology, specialization in Couple and Family Therapy at Özyeğin University in Istanbul, Turkey. His master’s thesis focused on noncustodial fathers’ parental alienation experiences during and after divorce and custody processes. In his clinical practice, he mostly uses a systemic perspective with emotionally focused therapy (EFT), structural therapy, strategic therapy, and experiential therapy models. Sezercan’s Ph.D. research will focus on Harry Aponte’s person-of-the-therapist (POTT) training model and its adaptation to LGBTIQ+ therapists and heterosexual therapists who are working with LGBTIQ+ clients.

  • Person-of-the-therapist (POTT) Training Model 
  • LGBTIQ+ Coming Out Experiences 
  • Friendship
  • M.A. Psychology, Couple and Family Therapy, Özyeğin University, Istanbul (2022)
  • B.A. Psychology, Minor in International Relations, Özyeğin University, Istanbul (2017) 
  • CLAHS Dean’s Graduate Scholar Award, Virginia Tech (2023) 
  • Full Scholarship for Master’s Degree, Özyeğin University (2019) 
  • High Honor Degree, Özyeğin University (2017) 
  • Full Scholarship for Bachelor’s Degree, Özyeğin University (2012)

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