Arab journalists and social workers are under tremendous political, professional and psychological stress. Many of them endure tensions on a daily basis -- especially when covering trauma: war zones/conflict areas, distressed communities, poverty, corrupt authorities and social crimes. They are often threatened by physical, verbal and sexual aggressions from people they investigate and sometimes by their own media institutions. This course provides mental health support for Arab journalists and media professionals. The aim is to provide practical information on how to address and deal with mental health and trauma-related issues that could be triggered by living in constant threat, especially in conflict-ridden countries like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Palestine. These resources will help journalists and social workers identify and detect anxiety stress and trauma-related symptoms, provide information on psychological and mental health first aid, as well as improve resilience and positive coping mechanisms.
Khaled Nasser, PhD, is a family communication consultant who specializes in trauma management, parenting and couples therapy. Nasser practices at his private clinic in Beirut, where he also administers neuro-feedback training. He also provides trauma therapy and training sessions to refugee communities and journalists exposed to stress and conflicts in the Middle East. Nasser is a lecturer in communication at the Lebanese American University (AUB) and the American University of Beirut (LAU). His research currently focuses on war trauma as reflected in the family drawings of Syrian refugees and on mapping the trauma impact among Arab journalists covering tensions in the Middle East.