Gaza Community Mental Health
Programme has finalized on Thursday, March 24, 2022 a training course on the
“Concepts and Skills in Child Mental Health”. The training targeted 22 counselors, teachers, area supervisors and
This course aimed to provide
participants with knowledge and skills about: the most common mental disorders
among children and adolescents, case management and referral mechanisms, the
mental health indications of children's drawings.
The closing session of the
training was attended by Mr Qusai Abuodeh, Director of External Relations and
Resources Development; and Dr Muhammad Al-Zeer, Head of the Academic Programmes
Unit; Mrs Aisha El-Bassiouni, Head of the Projects Unit; Mr Hassan Al-Shaer,
Project Coordinator. The session was also attended by Mr Anwar Ahmed, Head of the
Educational Counselling Department at the Ministry of Education and Higher
Education; and Mrs A. Abeer Al-Shurfa, Head of the Mental Health Department.
Addressing the attendees,
Al-Zeer welcomed emphasized the extended strategic relationship between the
Ministry of Education and the GCMHP. He also thanked the Ministry of Education for
their “fruitful cooperation which has given success to the training”.
On his part, Mr Ahmed confirmed
that the Ministry’s partnership with GCMHP dated back to many years, explaining
the value which the counselling unit projects have added to the educational
He also said thank you to GCMHP
for developing school counselling units.
GCMHP administration, Mr Abuodeh thanked the participants and praised their
commitment and their cooperation, explaining how their effort would be
reflected on improving the mental health of children and their educational
trainees also expressed their satisfaction with the training, explaining how it
added to them an excellent experience. They also expressed their gratitude for the
trainers and all those who had different roles in facilitating the training in
The activities of this course
started from 21 to 24 of March 2022, with a total of 20 training hours.
The course was provided by Dr Behzad
Akhras, Psychiatrist; Mr Muhammad Abu Shukair, MH specialist; Ms Manal
specialist; and MrOsama Farina, MH specialist.
The course came within Project ‘Psychological
Support for the most vulnerable children in the Gaza Strip’, which is being
implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education,
and in partnership with the Italian Gazzella Onlus Foundation. It is funded by
the Otto per Mille of the Waldensian Church of Italy.