Mission Statement of PTC
PTC was set up in Gaza by volunteers in 2007 to provide a rapid-reaction force of medical and welfare workers who go out from their base in Gaza City to support families, children and other vulnerable individuals traumatized by ongoing conflict and occupation. These mental health workers need psychological support, skill enhancement and international links with other professionals.
Palestine Trauma Centre (PTC-UK)
In 2010, a British-based group, with contacts in Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, USA and Egypt, was set up in the UK in order to support the PTC therapy team in Gaza. A Focusing team, supported by Galway Quakers, has introduced this technique to the team in Gaza. A Family Therapy Project partly developed in the UK has been in regular use, even during the 2020 COVID crisis. Art, Drama and Filial Therapy projects are being developed.
PTC(UK) teams in Gaza aim:
1. To help to alleviate the suffering of Palestinian victims of the occupation in a humane and professional manner.
2. To support and strengthen the community to face the pressures and traumas resulting from the occupation and the increasing poverty that contributes to social breakdown.
3. To raise awareness internationally about the tragic effects of the continuing vulnerability of the Palestinian people to traumas produced by war, occupation and blockade.
4. To develop a professional team in psychological and social fields, in addition to psychiatric work.
5. To ensure, through the provision of appropriate care, that children in Palestine are able to enjoy their childhood.
6. To get the most able graduates in the fields of psychology, sociology and psychiatry and train them to work for the Centre and similar organisations.
- To deliver training for the teams in therapeutic approaches to children and families
- To provide funds for particular projects operated by the teams in Gaza.
- To prepare, supervise and evaluate training programmes