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“GCMHP Mental Health Specialists In Nazareth Hospital On Children Psychodynamic Treatment Training”


A delegation of six psychologists from Gaza Community Mental Health Programme has visited Nazareth Hospital EMMS, as part of the strategic training programme ‘Nazareth-Gaza’, which is the first of its kind.

The training programme, started in 2020 via Zoom between GCMHP and the English Hospital in Nazareth 2022, is in the provision of psychodynamic treatment for children.

During the visit, scientific activities were implemented, and field visits were made to the hospital departments, with the aim of exchanging in several areas related to mental health and psychological treatments, including individual and group psychodynamic therapy, and art therapy.

During the visit, a meeting was held with the director of the hospital, Professor  Fahd Hakim, and Mr Wassim Dabeini, deputy executive director of the “Nazareth Trust” institution, as well as Dr Nabil Gracie, director of the mental health department, in addition to many specialists in the hospital departments, with the aim of identifying the various services offered by the hospital.

Ms Rawya Hammam, Director of the Training and Scientific Research Department at GCMHP, and other  colleagues, gave a presentations on the history of Gaza Community Mental Health Programme and the services it provides to the Palestinian population to protect and improve their psychological wellbeing. In their presentations they also highlighted the other services GCMHP provides to the community through raising awareness, building the capacities of CBOs and partners, scientific research, rehabilitation, and campaigning and advocacy for human rights issues.

The end of the training visit was marked by a closing ceremony during which certificates of the training program in psychodynamic therapy were distributed to the participants. The ceremony was also an occasion where the participants and organizers placed emphasis on their need to move forward with cooperation, highlighting the  humanitarian and professional message of mental health and human rights which such cooperation can bring about.