Gaza Community Mental Health Programme participated in the international
conference organized by the Palestinian Counseling Center in Al-Bireh, West
Representing GCMHP, the conference was attended by Dr Yasser Abu Jamei,
Director General of GCMHP, Mrs Rawya Hammam, Director of the Training and
Scientific Research Department, Dr Muhammad Al-Zeer, Head of the Academic and
Professional Programmes Unit, and Ms Enas Judeh, Head of the Training and
Capacity Building Unit.
The conference which carried the title “Psychotherapy, Therapist and
Therapeutic Relationship in the Context of Israeli Settler Colonialism in
Palestine” lasted for two days, from 20 to 21 March, 2023, and was attended by
a number of professionals, academics, and experts in the field of mental health
from all different areas of Palestine and in the diaspora.
The themes of the conference focused on mental health in Palestine and
its impact in the context of colonial occupation, in addition to the professional
standards of the work of therapists and counsellors, as well as the
psychological effects that the Palestinian citizen face under the occupation,
and which makes the field of mental health in Palestine of an exceptional
The participation of GCMHP in the conference came as a response to an invitation
sent by the Palestinian Center for Counseling.
Dr Abu Jamei gave a speech at the first session on the second day of the
conference, in which he also served as a moderator. During his speech, Dr Abu
Jamei referred to the fact that “through our participation in this conference,
we affirm the unity of our Palestinian people in their stances, struggles, and
He also expressed his appreciation for the regional and international
experts and specialists who participated in the conference and extended his
thanks for the friends of Palestine across the world, who take any opportunity
to show their solidarity and support.
Ms Rawiya Hamam, who also
moderated one of the conference sessions, congratulated the Palestinian Center
for Counseling on the occasion of its 40th anniversary and the national achievements
it has achieved made on the professional level.
On his part, Dr Muhammad Al-Zeer presented via zoom a working paper on
“Professional Supervision And its Role in Supporting and Empowering Professionals’,
while Ms Enas Judeh presented a paper on “the Experience of Making Intervention Using Psychodrama’.