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Healing Through Feeling Team

Healing Through Feeling - Healing emotional wounds in Gaza

Program Director

Fedah Dahdul, Ph.D.

Dr. Dahdul recruited the training and program development team (Adrienne Carter, Linda McLagan, Laura Takacs) and will spearhead the Healing Through Feeling program going forward. She has spent the last 14 years in investment banking and is a Palestinian-American with a long history of supporting Palestinian social causes. Dr. Dahdul holds a PhD in Organizational Psychology from the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management, AIU and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Her dissertation, Reflexivity in Storytelling: Towards a multi-faceted understanding of subjective work experience, was the development of a new qualitative research methodology. Dr. Dahdul is a Palestinian-American with a long history of supporting Palestinian social causes.

Fedah Dahdul

Program Staff

Hadeel Abu Mariam, M.S. (Gaza Mental Health Practitioner)

Ms. Abu Mariam served as a medical representative for local and international pharmaceutical companies. Amidst continued conflict in Gaza, and recognizing the need for more mental health experts, Hadeel joined the psychosocial field to support the social and mental well-being of her Gaza community. While completing her masters in community mental health, Hadeel worked as a field supervisor for projects, and provided psychological support and intervention for children in the UNRWA women’s center. She is a member of Professional Training House, in the field of community mental health, and also works as an editor for a local agency.

Hadeel Abu Mariam

Adrienne Carter, R.C.S.W. (Trainer)

Ms. Carter is a psychotherapist and trainer who has worked internationally for many years. Through Doctors Without Borders, Adrienne was instrumental in mental health assistance response during ethnic and religious conflicts in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, South Africa, Chechnya, Kashmir, Malaysia and Kyrgyzstan. Additionally, she created and trained local mental health teams following natural disasters in India, Pakistan, Haiti and many other locations. In 2011, she joined the Center for Victims of Torture and continued to train and supervise trauma counselors in Kenya and Jordan. In addition to her current involvement with Healing Through Feeling, Adrienne is working with her colleague, Linda McLagan, to establish a Mental Health Treatment Project to work with Syrian refugees arriving in Canada who experienced significant trauma and/or torture in their home countries and continue to exhibit ongoing symptoms of trauma.

Adrienne Carter

Linda McLagan, M.A., Dip.D.Th. (Trainer)

Ms. McLagan has been working in the field of child and youth mental health for over 20 years through a children’s psychiatric hospital in Vancouver, Canada, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development. She has also served as senior instructor and curriculum designer at the British Columbia School of Art Therapy. Linda is co-founder of the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy which provides curriculum development and evaluation criteria for students in Bangkok and Tokyo. In addition, she is involved in developing the Immigrant and Refugee Wellness Center, in partnership with Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Community Services. Along with her colleague Adrienne Carter, Linda provides training to a variety of professionals, including medical doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, therapists and educators.

Linda McLagan

Laura Takacs, M.P.H. (Trainer)

Ms. Takacs is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience working as a trauma therapist in the U.S. and abroad. Laura began her international experience by serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Russia. Upon completing her graduate work in social work and public health, Laura traveled to Nepal, Cambodia, Kenya, Jordan and Russia to provide direct mental health services to trauma survivors, and assisting in program development and training in the field. Currently, Laura works as a mental health therapist at Virginia Mason, Separation and Loss Services, where she utilizes the Restorative Retelling model, a model that she also used while working with Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan.

Laura Takacs

Book Translation

UPA’s partnership with the American Psychological Association has made possible the following books to be issued in Arabic for use by Healing Through Feeling practitioners with the children, their teachers and caretakers.

  • Healing Days: A Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Trauma, by Susan Farber Strauss, Ph.D.
  • Imagine a Rainbow: A Child’s Guide to Sooth Pain, by Brenda S. Miles, Ph.D.
  • Jenny is Scared! When Sad Things Happen in the World, by Carol Shuman, Ph.D.
  • Max Archer, Kid Detective: The Case of the Wet Bed, by Howard J. Bennett. M.D.
  • A Terrible Thing Happened: A Story for Children Who Have Witness Violence or Trauma, by Margaret M. Holmes.

The books were translated into Arabic by Dr. Mariam Mari Ryan and edited by Dr. Roseland Da'eem.

Mariam Mari Ryan, Ph.D. (Book Translator)

Dr. Ryan translated the books into Arabic. She is a Palestinian educational psychologist and retired university professor. Dr. Mari has founded and conducted research on many organizations and institutions related to women, children, education, and human rights. She is founder of Galilee Center for Social Research, as well as Acre Arab Women Association and the Arab Child Pedagogical Center.

Mariam Mari Ryan

Roseland Da'eem, Ph.D. (Book Editor)

Dr. Da'eem is a researcher, lecture, writer and editor. Dr. Da’eem’s background is in comparative literature, children’s literature, language instruction (first and foreign language), comparative culture and descriptive ethnography. She is a lecturer in the Arab Academic College for Education in Haifa, and has published several articles in literary research as well as children’s stories.

Roseland Da'eem