Providers ASPIRE

Pilot location 

Turkey, Istanbul


Columbia University (CU) School of Social Work, Istanbul Aydin University, INCITE, and Human Resource Development Foundation (HRDF).

Meet our Research Partners & Staff from Turkey


Exposed directly and repeatedly to refugees’ traumatic experiences, service providers may be secondly influenced. It is increasingly recognized that “there is a cost to caring” (Figley, 1995), such that service providers – particularly those within health or social care settings – may suffer adverse effects to personal well-being as a result of their professions. However, limited attention has been paid to service providers who assist or support refugees in their recovery, especially in Turkey. Unidentified and untreated effects can negatively affect service providers, those they care for, and the agencies they work for. Therefore, ASPIRE is conducting a comprehensive assessment to investigate these effects more thoroughly.


Providers of direct services for Syrian refugees will be enrolled to the study and participate in one hour interviews within selected NGOs in Istanbul. Trained research assistants will conduct the interviews under supervision of a hired Research Coordinator from our partner university in Turkey.


The survey will include information on the following topics:

  • Sociodemographic characteristics
  • Work Conditions
  • Quality of Life
  • PTSD
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Stigma
  • Access to services