2 April, 2009
For a number of years, the Foundation has been supporting the work of Dr. Thabet who has piloted the Foundations “Writing for Recovery Manual” with adolescents there. Unfortunately a formal evaluation of the use of the manual was halted because of an increase in the fighting.
The Foundation had just agreed to support two Norwegian psychology trainees to work with Dr Thabet to do a proper evaluation (co-sponsored by Psychology Beyond Borders). Once more the fighting may interfere with a careful evaluation.
Professor Raija-Leena Punamaki of Tampere University in Finland has worked for many years in Palestine. The Foundation had agreed to train people in the use of our group Recovery Manual, but again the recent fighting has not only destroyed schools and clinics and traumatised thousands more children, but will now set back the scientific evaluation of different methods of helping.