The Binational School of Psychotherapy is a critical step towards addressing the crisis in mental health care provision for Palestinian and Israeli children and adolescents. By bringing Palestinian and Israeli mental health professionals together in an equitable partnership, the project is advancing cutting-edge theories and research findings in the field of youth trauma treatment.Addresses the crisis in mental health care provision for Palestinian and Israeli children and adolescents.
Dr Esti Galili-Weisstub, top centre, addressing an inaugural group.
Over a 42-month cycle, the project is training and preparing 60 post-graduate Israeli and Palestinian psychotherapists together. Joint learning is being delivered by an academic team from the esteemed Hadassah Medical Center. The project is partially funded through an EU grant of €750,000. The Binational School of Psychotherapy is on track toward accreditation, which will provide a formal recognition of the high standards of training and practice.
The project is also building an alumni program to impact the long-term sustainability of the project and its impact on mental health care provision in the region. This program will create a network of trained professionals who can continue to collaborate and learn from each other, promoting ongoing improvements in mental health care provision in Palestine and Israel. The Binational School of Psychotherapy is a powerful example of how joint initiatives can bridge divides, promote healing, and improve the lives of people in the region.