Programs for Established Professionals

Comprehensive School-Based Student Support Program

In schools in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, PMED implements the Comprehensive School-Based Student Support Program. The program supports resilience in all enrolled students within schools and in particular focuses on students identified to have behavioral, learning, or emotional issues. 

The program provides mental health training to the entire staff within each school, including the principal, guidance counselor, and teachers, and supervises the formation of a permanent taskforce team (committee) at the school. The taskforce team at each school meets weekly throughout the academic year and consists of the principal, the guidance counselor, two teachers, and the PMED trainer.

The functions of the taskforce team are to create programs supporting resilience in all enrolled students and their families, to develop individualized action-plans for each specific student with behavioral, learning, or emotional issues, and to track student progress over time.

Appropriate referrals to outside professionals are facilitated as needed. In addition to intensive work with the school staff, parents are trained in supporting resilience, improving communication, and dispelling stigma regarding mental health issues. The program has been funded by Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in 2015-2016 and Fondazione AVSI / The Italian Cooperation in 2016-2017. 

Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care

PMED  trained primary care physicians and clinicians in the skills needed to screen, identify, and treat common mental health disorders through a program based on the WHO Mental Health Gap program (MHGap).

PMED trains primary care physicians and clinicians in the skills needed to screen, identify, and treat common mental health disorders through a program based on the World Health Organization Mental Health Gap program (MHGap), while simultaneously providing relevant policy consultation to health system leaders. PMED ran one such program in partnership with the Health Works Committee in 2015-2016 through funding provided by Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

PMED builds mental health capacity through the delivery of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) training to therapists. For example, through funding from Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in 2015 and 2016, PMED provided multiple trainings to therapists in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jordan. 

An evidence-based treatment protocol applicable to many mental disorders was delivered. In addition to this, PMED conducted training in trauma-focused CBT to enhance the skills needed to treat survivors of the traumas involved in war, domestic abuse, detention, torture and other forms of violence.

Selected Past Programs

  • Provided weekly digital videoconference supervision for a psychiatrist in East Jerusalem enrolled in a three-year psychodynamic psychotherapy training program.
  • Provided consultation on the development of a course for health professionals regarding mental health issues that impact inmates in prison settings.
  • Provided digital videoconference training and supervision for clinicians at AISHA Women’s Empowerment Organization, Gaza, Palestine.
  • Provided digital videoconference case-based training and supervision of clinicians at the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.
  • Provided digital videoconference training on CBT for youth with anxiety disorder to clinicians at the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.
  • Provided consultation on the development of a training course for correctional officers regarding mental health issues impacting inmates in prison settings.