“Trauma, Resilience and the Occupation” Seminar Held At An-Najah
On Thursday, December 17th, 2015, An-Najah’s Child Institute in cooperation with the Psychology and Psychological Counseling Department held a seminar titled “Trauma, Resilience, Occupation” at the Zafer Al-Masri Auditorium in the Old Campus.
The seminar included two sessions that mainly touched upon the issues of trauma among babies; children and adolescents, expressive group counseling and the Palestinian children’s experience facing traumatic events.
Dr. Mohammad El-Amleh, Vice President for Academic Affairs welcomed the attendees and stated that trauma is a phenomenon that has psychological, academic and social impacts and is harmful to the society in general. He added that An-Najah aspires to develop graduate and undergraduate programmes on the subject to enhance mental health in Palestine.
Dr. Sabrina Russo, Clinic Director at the Child Institute and Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Medicine talked about trauma in Palestine and stated that a recent study on trauma in Palestine showed that Palestinians suffer less trauma symptoms than others in other parts of the world. She also said that the political situation in Palestine increases children’s traumatic stress; therefore, there should be a more specific definition of trauma in Palestine.
Dr. Denise Burt, Clinical Psychologist the Child Institute defined trauma and explained its progression from a physical point of view. She also talked about the Israeli occupation being the main reason for children traumatic stress in Palestine.
- The seminar was funded by the Welfare Association, an independent non-profit organization established in 1983 by a group of Palestinian business and intellectual figures to provide development and humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in the West Bank including Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, 1948 Areas, and the Palestinian communities in Lebanon.
- The seminar was also attended by Dr. Zaher Nazzal, Director of An-Najah Child Institute.
- The sessions included discussing research papers conducted by Professor Marie Moro, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Professor at Sorbonne University; Dr. Fayez Mahameed, Head of the Psychology and Psychological Counseling Department , Mr. Farid Abu Leil and Dr. Mohammad Mari, Lecturers at An-Najah.