AUC to Host Second MENA Regional Conference on Community Psychology
The Community Psychology program at the American University in Cairo (AUC) will host second Middle East North Africa (MENA) Regional Conference on Community Psychology under the theme, “Creating the World We Want for Children, Youth, and Families." The three- day conference will bring together applied researchers, community practitioners, and policy makers from across the region to network and share effective approaches for improving the lives of children, youth, and families through enhancing community capacity, evidence-based practices, and effective policies.
The conference will showcase innovative community-based initiatives, empirical research, high-impact community programs, effective policy work, and capacity-building activities. It will draw on an interdisciplinary and diverse group of participants and speakers, including those from the non-profit sector, multilateral organizations, social enterprises, corporate social responsibility, government, public policy, public health, sociology, social work, community development, applied social psychology, and community psychology.
Topics of the conference will discuss bullying, collective identity, colonialism, occupation, crisis, war, drug use, education, gender based violence, informal education, mental health, parenting, role of psychologists and social workers, trafficking, trauma, workplace environment, children with disabilities, homeless children, families, mothers, school children, refugees and camp refugees, rural areas and others.
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Speakers at the opening session will include Niveen El Qabbaj, minister of social solidarity; Abdullah Essam, founder of the first Egyptian cerebral palsy football team; Molham El Khan, general manager of Syria Alghad Relief Foundation; Radwa Rostom, founder and CEO of Hand Over, Egypt; Ehab Abdel-Rahman, provost; AUC; Alaa-Eldin Adris, associate provost for research, innovation and creativity; Zeinab Taha, interim dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Mona Amer, conference co-chair; Heba Kotb, associate professor of practice of psychology; and Carie Forden, professor of psychology, AUC.
The conference will include speakers from several universities, NGOs and governmental entities from all over the world, including Hadramout University, Yemen; Lebanese American University; The American University in Cairo; The American University of Beirut; Intu Newcastle University, United Kingdom; University of Karbala, Iraq; University of Cologne, Germany; King Saud University, Riyadh; Helwan University; Alexandria University; University of Tanta; Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages, Cairo; Mental Health and Addiction Treatment, Ministry of Health, Cairo; Palestinian Union of Social Workers and Psychologists; The Community Hub, Cairo; Nass Academy, Cairo; United Nations High Commissioners for Refugees, Cairo; International Organization for Migration, Cairo; Nafs for Empowerment, Ramallah; The Montessori Egyptian Center; African Center for Women’s Health, Alexandria; Green Hand Organization, Lebanon; World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean; and Arab Union of Psychological Science, Amman, Jordan.
Moataz Al Alfi Hall, New Cairo Campus
Opening session, Thursday, March 5, 2020; from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Conference sessions, Friday, March 6, Saturday, March 7, 2020; from 8:30 am-5:30 pm
American University of Cairo
Founded in 1919, AUC is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and center of intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. Its community of students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, alumni and other generous sponsors represent more than 60 countries. The University stands as a crossroads for the world’s cultures and a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across the diversity of languages, facilities and human experiences.