Mental Health Library Campaign

Palestinian child’s drawing (GMHF)

We are launching a project to help Rafah build a Mental Health Library of professional books requested by providers. This is a critical need: the Gaza Strip — one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with two thirds of the population refugees and half younger than 16 years — has witnessed extreme forms of violence and suffering from the Israeli occupation and military operations.

Our contact in Rafah is Manal Awad, Director of the Women’s Empowerment Project at the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP). GCMHP works to provide comprehensive community mental health services — therapy, training and research — for three target groups: children, women, and victims of organized violence. The programs include:

    Mental Health Clinics
    Research on children and trauma, women and families, and victims of torture.
    Child therapy for anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), behavioral disorders, bedwetting, and nightmares.
    Survivors of torture and violence.
    Women’s Empowerment Project (WEP).

These books have been requested by Manal:

    Culturally diverse children and adolescents : assessment, diagnosis, and treatment
    Canino, Ian A.
    Guilford Press, 2000. xii, 228 p.

    Handbook of prescriptive treatments for children and adolescents
    Ammerman, Robert T.
    Allyn and Bacon, c1999. xx, 426 p.

    Child and adolescent psychiatry in Europe : historical development, current situation, future perspectives
    Engeland, Herman van, 1943-
    Steinkopff ; 1999. xvi, 409 p.

    Child and adolescent psychiatry : a comprehensive textbook
    Lewis, Melvin, 1926-
    Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002

    Handbook of correctional mental health
    Scott, Charles L., 1960-
    American Psychiatric Pub., c2005

    The epilepsies: seizures, syndromes and management
    Panayiotopoulos, C. P. (Chrysostomos P.) Bladon Medical Pub., c2005.

    Descriptions and prescriptions [electronic resource] : values, mental disorders, and the DSMs
    Sadler, John Z., 1953-
    Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002

    Comprehensive emergency mental health care
    Zealberg, Joseph J.
    W.W. Norton, c1996

    Severe emotional disturbance in children and adolescents : psychotherapy in applied contexts
    Flynn, Denis Christopher.
    Brunner-Routledge, 2004.

    Work with parents : psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and adolescents
    Tsiantis, J. (John)
    Karnac, 2000

    Counseling and psychotherapy with children and adolescents : theory and practice for school and clinical settings
    Brown, Douglas T.
    John Wiley, c1999

    Handbook of child and adolescent psychotherapy
    Horne, Ann, 1944-
    Routledge, 1999

    The who you dream yourself : playing and interpretation in psychotherapy and theatre
    Richards, Val, psychotherapist.

    Play therapy techniques
    Schaefer, Charles E.

    Family stressors : interventions for stress and trauma
    Catherall, Donald Roy, 1946-

    The essentials of family therapy
    Nichols, Michael P.

    Handbook of family therapy : the science and practice of working with families and couples
    Sexton, Thomas L., 1953-

    Coping through conflict resolution and peer mediation
    Simpson, Carolyn.

    EMDR and the relational imperative : the therapeutic relationship in EMDR treatment
    Dworkin, Mark, 1950

    Early intervention for trauma and traumatic loss
    Litz, Brett T.

    Clinical skills for managing PTSD : proven practical techniques for treating posttraumatic stress disorder
    Giarratano, Leah.

    Child psychopathology
    Mash, Eric J.

    Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

    DSM-IV-TR Casebook: A Learning Companion to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,
    Fourth Edition, Text Revision (Hardcover) by Robert L. Spitzer (Editor), Miriam Gibbon (Editor), Andrew E. Skodol (Editor), Janet B. W. Williams (Editor), Michael B. First (Editor), or DSM-V Casebook (when available)

    The Clinical Interview Using DSM-IV-TR: Fundamentals
    by Ekkehard Othmer, Sieglinde C. Othmer, or DSM-V Interview (when available)

The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and donations are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to MRSCP with the memo “books” and mailed to MRSCP, P.O. Box 55371, Madison WI 53705. Donated books are welcome.

If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact us at health (at)

On July 13, 2008 Manal Awad of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme notified us that “a Spanish delegation came to Gaza and brought the books with them. . . thanks a lot for all the efforts to make this successful.”

Gaza Community Mental Health Programme Bombed, December 31, 2008