Before it was established on 2 May 2017, members of the Research Team had joined in research exploring the motive of terror acts perpetrated by groups acting on behalf of Islam since 2007. This is due to the direction of the late Professor Sarlito W. Sarwono as the initiator of the psychology of terrorism in Indonesia who is also our teacher.
In 2009 our research team cooperated with Pusat Studi Al-Quran (PSQ) which at that time was led by Professor Quraish Shihab. A deradicalization pilot program was performed on terrorism and ex-combatant convicts who fought in a number of areas inside and outside of Indonesia
After working with terrorism convicts, our team was also involved in the intervention of terrorism ex-convicts and in facilitating their da'wah according to their ability and interest through peaceful means.
In 2015, our research team was in contact with convicts and their family (wives and children). A number of workshops were organized in several prisons in Java and Sulawesi Island using psychological approach and entrepreneurship training. The wives were also invited to become agents campaigning for a peaceful Islam.
Since the first year of its establishment, DASPR had done reeducation of terrorism convicts and their families both inside and outside of prison. In addition, we also collaborate with Ditjen Lapas, PPIM UIN, and UNDP to assess a number of de-radicalization activity in prison.