General Information


Approved Therapist in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing EMDR ( EMDR International Association )


Libyan Mental Health Professionals


1) Training Block One (4 Days) 2nd – 5th of April 2013

10 Hour Clinical group & individual supervision

2) Training Block Two (4 Days) 24th –27th of June 2013

10 Hour Clinical group & individual supervision


Libya (Venue to be confirmed)


The Danish Institute Against Torture
Libya Foundation for Rehabilitation
The National Centre for Disease Control
Medical Manpower Development Centre


Libyan Ministry of Health
Respective professional associations

The programme to train Libyan Mental Health professionals in evidence based psychological treatments (to a basic level initially) is a response to the overwhelming demand expressed by Libyan mental health professionals, the Warriors Affairs Commission, Mental Health service providers and NGOs, to train practitioners in the latest psychotherapeutic techniques. The aim of such training is ultimately to develop a mental health professional who is able to treat individuals with common emotional difficulties with an intervention that has proven to be effective in countless randomised control trials.

Indeed there is ample evidence that exposure to war, similar to that experienced by the Libyan people increases the prevalence of psychological distress – especially, but not exclusively, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For example, Farhood et al (2006), state that among those who experienced, witnessed or heard of a war related traumatic event in a civilian population from Southern Lebanon, the prevalence rate of PTSD was 29.3%. So nearly a third of the population who were exposed to a traumatic event in some way displayed clinically significant symptoms of PTSD.
Training in which psychotherapeutic modality is recommended, and why?
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) is a national organization set up in 1999 with the aim of reducing variation in the availability and quality of treatments and care in the UK.
NICE recommends the following guidance in relation to PTSD:For individuals who have experienced a traumatic event the systematic provision to that individual alone of brief, single-session interventions (often referred to as debriefing) that focus on the traumatic incident should not be routine practice when delivering services.
• Where symptoms are mild and have been present for less than 4 weeks after the trauma, watchful waiting, as a way of managing the difficulties presented by individual people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), should be considered. A follow-up contact should be arranged within 1 month.
Trauma-focused psychological treatment
• Trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy should be offered to those with severe post-traumatic symptoms or with severe PTSD in the first month after the traumatic event. These treatments should normally be provided on an individual outpatient basis.
• All people with PTSD should be offered a course of trauma-focused psychological treatment (trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy [CBT] or eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing [EMDR]). These treatments should normally be provided on an individual outpatient basis.’
(Quote from: NICE (2005) CG26: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): quick reference guide)


The Medical Manpower Development Centre and EMDR Libya organizing committee are proud to announce a call for applications for an extensive course in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for Libyan Mental Health Professional to help in the management of war trauma and torture survivors. Trainees will join LFR, The Libya Foundation for Rehabilitation ‘Training of Trainers program’ for Libyan Mental Health Professionals, in turn be continually professionally supported and developed by peer support, supervision, mentorship and further training.


The course will take place in Libya and will be conducted by Mona Zaghrout clinical psychologist and one of very few Arabic speaking trainers in EMDR, in close cooperation with DIGNITY Health Program managers and LFR Support team hosted by the National Center for Disease Control and organized by the Medical Manpower Development Centre and Endorsed by the Warriors Affairs Commission and Libyan Ministry of Health.

The Training consists of 2 Blocks of 4 day on site training (theory and practice) and 2 5 hour Sessions of group consultation with 2 months of individual supervised clinical practice and consultation undertaken by the Mona Zaghrout based on individual needs.

The course will include introduction to and training in a monitoring and evaluation system (M&E) that will make the candidate capable of pilot testing the effectiveness of the training and the treatment in the Libyan context.


Mona Zaghrout is an internationally accredited trainer, facilitator, consultant and therapist in EMDR, and was trained by Dr Francine Shapiro, the originator of EMDR .She was awarded from the EMDR Internal Association for her outstanding contribution to the development of services in the Arab world. Mona has worked at a national and international level providing training, consultation and supervision in the treatment of the survivors of trauma and political violence in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Kenya and therapists from Iraq.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.


Eligible candidates are preferably psychologists or other mental health professionals that have been working with mental health issues and/or specifically with war trauma and torture survivors since the beginning of the Arab spring. The candidate has preferable attended previously DIGNITY or LFR trainings but this is not a prerequisite.

Furthermore the candidate needs to be highly motivated and ready to implement, monitor and evaluate the treatment outcome in his/her home country.


The course will be conducted in Libya. The duration is 2 Blocks 4 days in April and June 2013 with ongoing supervision. Dates and venues will be announced to shortlisted candidates.


Applications can only be made online between the 2nd and the 22nd of March 2013 at


Deadline 22nd of March 2013
INTERVIEWS 24th to the 27th of March 2013

This application together with your Curriculum Vitae will be considered by the advisory group and selection committee (a group of leaders with knowledge and experience in EMDR and/or Mental Health Services in Libya)

The selection criteria includes access to patients, regional distribution of practice , experience & equal Opportunities with final approval to be sought from Trainer

This is to ensure that the course is delivered to candidates with the right background and experience as well as offer a wide access to patients through committed and motivated Libyan Mental Health professionals.

If you have a disability that requires us to make a reasonable adjustment to enable you to apply please inform us.

• All electronic documents must be provided in either DOC or PDF format
For any queries about your application email Libyanhealth@yahoo.com or training@libyarehab.org