You can contribute to sponsoring experienced UK-based psychotherapists to conduct training workshops for Palestinian mental health professionals.
Sumud Palestine support therapists working with traumatised families and children in Gaza and the occupied West Bank. We do this by recruiting experienced UK based psycho-therapists to volunteer for one or two week visits to the West Bank and Gaza to deliver structured training programmes to local mental health professionals, principally around clinical protocols such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression or CBT for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Volunteers are hosted locally and build professional relationships and then offer informal support on their return to the UK.
Therapists in the UK then offer on-going and professional supervision to therapists in Palestine.
Access to regular, accredited supervision is critical for effective therapeutic practice and supervision capacity remains desperately low in Palestine. We ‘match’ UK based accredited supervisors with practitioners in the West Bank and Gaza and support them using technology available through the internet.
We support the growth of a sustainable professional infrastructure by encouraging the adoption of evidence based therapies, robust data collection, clinical research, and professional associations in mental health and psychotherapy.
The infrastructure that supports a clinical professional group is a signal that the profession is able to develop, monitor and maintain itself. Although a long term goal, Sumud Palestine recognises that practitioners need to start somewhere to build this infrastructure and will need support and encouragement to do so. Through training and supervision and additional projects, we encourage practitioners to adopt evidence based approaches, to collect and analyse data and conduct clinical research that contributes to a local body of knowledge and enterprise.