In 2019, Maria Gorshkova, a psychologist and ICDP trainer in the city of Vinnitsa, in Ukraine, went on a visit to Turkey, upon an invitation to conduct an introductory seminar about the ICDP programme, at the university in Istanbul. The seminar generated considerable interest in ICDP, and as a result, a professor from Ankara, who attended the seminar, joined Maria’s efforts to establish ICDP in Turkey. They collaborated together on organizing an ICDP training workshop in Ankara, in June 2020. However, the workshop had to be cancelled due to the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2021, Maria moved from Ukraine to live in Antalya in Turkey, where she got married to Dr Bingol, a psychotherapist. In 2021, Maria established an agreement for cooperation with the Dr. Ali Babaoğlu Jungian Psychodrama Sociodrama and Public Mental Health Institute. Through this association she hoped to run ICDP courses for Russian and Turkish speaking families and caregivers, in the autumn of 2021. During the year, together with her husband, they worked on translating the ICDP materials into Turkish and prepared ICDP leaflets and other material. However, once more the plans had to be postponed for 2022.