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.