Palestinian Mental Health without Borders: Challenging Barriers and Taking Down Walls

Conference sponsored by: Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, Palestine Red Crescent Society, the Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health at William James College, Department of Psychology at University of Massachusetts Boston, Racial Justice Action Group of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, and the Palestinian Community in Boston


Presenters: Yasser Abujamei, MD; Abeer Musleh, PhD; Rita Giacaman; Fathy Flefel; Yousef AlAjarma, PhD, REAT; Devin G. Atallah, PhD; Hana Masud, PhD; & Karen L. Suyemoto, PhD

This conference will generate transnational dialogues on community mental health in Palestine, and will take place simultaneously in Gaza City, West Bank, and Boston. The conference will explore and reflect on meanings and pathways for creating liberating knowledge and critical community mental health practices in Palestinian contexts. The conference will be internationally applicable to the work of psychologists, clinicians, social workers, psychiatrists, community organizers and activists, policymakers, and researchers who are interested in coming together to call into question hegemonic psychological and psychiatric theories and practices.

The conference will include the following three themes:
• Trauma, Resilience & Resistance in the Palestinian Community
• Palestinian Mental Health Workers on the Frontlines
• Breaking Borders, Taking Down Walls: Transnational Solidarity & Struggle

Specific learning objectives:

1. Examine learning opportunities for participants to become culturally-sensitive and contextually-informed about mental health services in Palestinian
2. Discuss opportunities for transnational dialogues and co-learning on issues related to struggle, solidarity, and mental health
3. Describe the work of the mental health workers in Palestine and the challenges that they faced

Program Code: PMH
Credits: 6
Fees: $100 for CE credits; $50 for no CE credits
Lunch is included

A Note Regarding Parking

Registrants are strongly encouraged to take public transportation, if at all possible.

However if you do drive, you should NOT park in the Bayside Lot, which is not open on Saturdays.

Attendees can park at University Lot D (access is across from the Clark Athletic Center, adjacent to the Calf Pasture Pumping Station). Lot D is a very large parking lot and you will definitely find parking there. You will have to walk to University Hall/Campus Center building (8-10 minutes away) as shuttles don’t operate on weekends.

On the map the University Hall/Campus Center is Building 1. There is an underground garage with limited parking. If you decide to try and find parking in that garage give yourself 15 EXTRA minutes to be able to go to Lot D (if you are unable to find a spot at the University Hall/Campus Center garage).

Parking fee: $15.00

Please take a look at the map and information below:

Sign-in on the day of the Conference will begin at 8:00 am and morning refreshments will be available.

The Conference will begin PROMPTLY at 9:00 am.


  • When

  • Saturday, November 2, 2019
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • University of Massachusetts Boston
    University Hall/Campus Center
    100 William T. Morrissey Blvd
    Boston, Massachusetts 02125

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