THANKS TO THE GALWAY QUAKERS AND “THE IRISH QUAKER FAITH IN ACTION” FOR PROVIDING THE MAIN FUNDING FOR THIS WORK.
SKYPE CONTACT WITH GAZA
In order to monitor the Focusing training and listen to the PTC(Gaza) mental health workers’ reports, there are regular sessions on Skype. Below, Jerry Conway, Mary Jennings and Mohamed Altawil hold a 2 hour session with PTC(Gaza) in October 2013.
In February 2013 the Focusing course was developed further in Gaza. Rene Veuglers, a Children Focusing specialist from the Netherlands, joined the UK team to work on community wellness.
These methods have been used in the community by PTC(Gaza) staff during the Family Therapy project (2013 -2014).
PTC (UK) in PTC (GAZA) from 29th DECEMBER 2011 to 4th JANUARY 2012
The Focusing team introduced the first stage of Using Focusing for Yourself as a process for training the PTC(Gaza) mental health workers to pass on skills to adults and children who will then work in their families to sustain reslience and cope with trauma.
The training involved 21 people from different organisations in Gaza, like Mercycorps, Caza Community Mental Health Programme, Catholic Relief Services and the Ministry of Education. The four PTC(UK) trainers were Jerry, Mohamed, Mary and Lina. Click here for a brief introduction to the training.
The social and family workers at the centre used teddies made by a volunteer group in the UK. This activity helped the children into a Focusing process. For some details, click here.