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“GCMHP Provides PFA Refresher Training for MH Workers Across Gaza Strip”

Gaza Community Mental Health Programme has conducted on 27 May, 2021 a refresher training on Psychological First Aid techniques and referral  protocols, in collaboration with the General Administration of Family Affairs of the Ministry of Social Development.

The 4-hour training session was provided for 400 psychologists from local and international organizations across the Gaza Strip.

The five groups, each consisted of 70 to 90 people, were mainly formed from Child Protection counselors and psychological first aid workers who work in partner organizations.

At the opening of the training session, Mr Mahmoud Mowafi, Deputy Director of the General Administration of Family Affairs, introduced the training and explained its goals and how vital it was to provide people who had been affected by the Israeli offensive with mental health support.

He also expressed his appreciation for Gaza Community Mental Health Programme and the other partner organisations for their cooperation and the organization that have been done to avoid duplication in service provision.

Mr Mowafi also said that a field work plan has been put, with all roles distributed between the actors based on the area and how badly it has been affected by the crisis situation so as to start providing PFA services, under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Development, starting from next Sunday, 30 May, 2021.