THERE ARE THREE MAIN PROJECTS RUN BY THE TEAM AT PTC(GAZA) AND SUPPORTED BY PTC(UK):
1. FAMILY THERAPY - funded by INTERPAL
2. FOCUSING – funded by Irish Quakers Faith in Action and British Quakers
3. THE FRIDAY OF JOY INITIATIVE - funded by PTC(UK) through events and donations.
Below is an account of our work on Focusing. This project has developed quickly and a manual of its methods used in Gaza has been written in English and Arabic. At the International Focusing Conference at Cambridge (UK) in July 2016, the leader of the PTC(Gaza) Focusing team, Ghada Radwan, ran a session for delegates via Skype. Dr Mohamed Altawil gave a presentation and Jerry Conway was one of the organisers of the conference.
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, Rene Veuglers, a Children Focusing specialist from the Netherlands, joined the UK team in Gaza to work on community wellness.
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.