Short-term Courses

Short-term courses refer to periods that in addition to training skilled human resources in the educational system, lead to gaining or upgrading skills in a theoretical subject, along with their practical or scientific training. At the end of the courses, a certificate will be issued for the applicants. Participants in these courses are international students and foreign applicants as well as Iranian who are interested. Clearly, if motivated enough, applicants in the country can also participate in these courses on their own expenses based on the content of the course as far as their presence creates no contradictions based on the educational regulations of Iran. International Education Center is the coordinating center among schools, research institutes, and research centers of applicants for the courses.

 The 1st International Web-based Course on
Psycho-Oncology in Iran

    Joint training by German and Iranian Teachers

Certification by
   Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg
   Isfahan University of Medical Sciences

Course Objectives

There is a high population of cancer patients, and many interested psychologists are working with them. Therefore, establishing a culture based and adaptive psycho-oncology care with the supervision of skilled and experienced experts is in high demand. The overall goal of this course is the improvement of the ability of psychosocial care of cancer patients in the oncological context and gaining or improving skills in psycho-oncology, especially in communication. By the end of this course, participants will be able to know:

  • Basic oncological knowledge of the most common cancers and treatments
  • Care and Management of the Patient at the End of Life
  • Principles in Psycho-oncology (Theories & Models)
  • Spiritual Issues in cancer care
  • Principles of Palliative care
  • Ethical Issues and Social law
  • Psychiatric Complications of Cancer & Mental Comorbidity
  • Rehabilitation, Self-help (Management)
  • Physical Symptom Management
  • Relaxation methods
  • Communication skills in Cancer care
  • Burnout and burnout prophylaxis
  • Systemic and family interventions
  • Self -awareness


Eligible Participants

International Candidates who can speak in Farsi and English and hold one of the following degrees
(Chosen by CV and Interview)

  • Psychiatrists
  • Fellowships in Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Psychologists with a Ph.D. or M.A. Degree
  • Psychiatry Residents
  • Oncologists
  • Subspecialty Residents in Oncology


The Institutes in Charge

Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy Department, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg
Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
ALA Cancer Prevention and Control Center (MACSA)


Method of Instruction

220-hour course including:

  • 158 hours/8 modules Web-based theoretical course
  • 62 hours Practice program
    • Home Visits
    • Outpatient Visits
    • Inpatient Psycho-oncology Care


Course Director

  • Dr. med. Mohammad Reza Sharbafchi, Department of Psychiatry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
  • Dr. Alexander Wunsch, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy Department, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg


The Instructors of the course

Dr. Phil. Alexander Wünsch

Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Medical Center Freiburg, Germany

Dr. med. Mohammad Reza Sharbafchi

Department of Psychiatry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences

Prof. Dr. Carl Eduard Scheidt

Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Medicine, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Prof. Dr. med. Hamid Afshar

Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences

Prof. Dr. Phil. Joachim Weis

Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Psychotherapy, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Dr. med. Farzad Goli

Department of Bioenergy economy, Energy Medicine University, Mill Valley, United States

With Valuable Educational Sessions By:

  • Dr. med. Ph.D. Darius Razavi, Institut Jules Bordet and Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Prof. Dr. med. Ali Talaee, Dean of the School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
  • Psychologist, Hedwig Wolf, Hospital of Schwabing, Munich
  • Dr. med. Azadeh Malekian, Isfahn University of Medical Sciences
  • Dr. phil. Reza Bagherian, Department of Health Psychology, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences


Registration Deadline: November 10th, 2020

Initiation Date: November 26th, 2020 


Tuition Fee: 1,250 Euro 

  • Can be paid in three parts
  • The fixed amount of 30,000,000 Toman for Iranian participants


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