12 August, 2009
In August, two trainers from the Foundation, Patrick Smith and Unni Heltne, went to Nablus on the West Bank and trained 20 school counsellors. They will in turn pass on their skills to another 230 school counsellors, enabling them to identify and treat children’s PTSD symptoms.
The Foundation recently decided to support the West Bank project. It is led by the Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE) in Ramallah, and is coordinated by Dr. Ghassan Abdallah in partnership with CAW and Educational Psychologist Dr. Ian Barron from the University of Dundee.
The aim is to have trained counsellors in place in every school in the West Bank within three years, The Courier writes in a recent article on the project in the West Bank.
Mr. Barron, who has previously carried out work on trauma services in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, tells the Courier that “this project can have a significant impact on the lives of children who have lived through the most traumatic experiences imaginable.”
Barron is travelling to Nablus on August 17, 18 and 19 when the training begins to see how the Foundation’s Recovery manual is rolled out. “I will be responsible for evaluating outcomes to see if there has been a reduction in the symptoms of PTSD, based on feedback from the child, parents and teachers”, he said.
“Evidence from the use of this manual for training in Greece, Iran and Turkey demonstrates the effectiveness of this approach”, he adds.