We are very pleased to announce this extra event at short notice:
This will be a presentation by a panel of three speakers, including:
Mohammad el Sharef from Gaza and Luna Children’s Charity’, followed by a discussion about PTSD in children and its treatment in different cultural contexts.
Maria Chambers (volunteer Luna trainer and Project Co-ordinator for Firefly International), and
Stella Charman, from Executive Chair of Luna). See below also for more details, and the video on Luna's work via the link given too.
Food not served: Unfortunately the cafe downstairs will not be serving food after this event on this occasion.
This will be a free event, with an opportunity to donate on the evening if you wish:
There will be a collecting tins for the Museum on the night, and/or if you wish to donate to this childrens' charity, the link is here:
Further details about the speakers and Luna organisation:
Mohammed El Sharef is an art therapist, social worker and children’s psycho-social counsellor who is a graduate of Al Quds University. Most recently he has been working as a Project Co-ordinator for the Palestinian Community Assistance Program funded by USAID, and for Mercy Corps’ Psychosocial Support Program for children and caregivers in Gaza. He has been known to Luna since 2014, and this is his third, and (finally successful!) attempt to leave Gaza for children’s trauma training.
Maria Chambers is a Project Co-ordinator for Firefly International who has worked with children in a wide variety of locations across the Middle East, including the West Bank. In 2014 she was trained by Luna Children’s Charity to treat children with post-traumatic stress disorder, and she is now one of its team of volunteer trainers and is used extensively in the Middle East, as she has learned to speak Arabic.
Stella Charman is a management consultant in health and social care who has been Executive Chair of Luna since it was established in 2009. Since then she has developed its child trauma training activity in five different African countries and in Middle Eastern countries where there are large numbers of refugees.
Luna Children’s Charity is run exclusively by volunteers, and trains people to use a unique, child-centred psychological treatment called the Children’s Accelerated Trauma Technique (CATT). This week it is running its first UK-based training course for volunteers working with child refugees and asylum seeking children in Bristol, led by experienced local art psychotherapist and Luna trainer Anna Kalin. Luna is about to be re-named ‘Action for Child Trauma International’.
A short video about their work can be seen here: https://youtu.be/mrwojqQGXZA
Mohammed with Children