Clinical Approach

The clinical approach followed in this series is built on evidence-based clinical modalities that have been proven to decrease the intensity and frequency of traumatic stress symptoms in children.

CLINICAL

APPROACH

This modality includes principles and practices from evidenced-based therapies such as the children’s version of Narrative Exposure Therapy (KidNET) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and it draws from family systems and pain management theories. These therapy modalities have been proven to be effective in decreasing the intensity of symptoms of PTSD and toxic stress in children.
In addition to working with incredible artists and writers to create this entertaining adventure, our team worked with Dr. Issam Smeir (a licensed clinical professional counsellor based in Chicago, who specialises in working with refugees and victims of torture), who along with a team of mental health specialists, developed a culturally sensitive therapy modality for working with people who experience PTSD and toxic stress in the MENA region, especially in areas of conflict and displacement.
In addition to working with incredible artists and writers to create this entertaining adventure, our team worked with Dr. Issam Smeir (a licensed clinical professional counsellor based in Chicago, who specialises in working with refugees and victims of torture). Dr. Smeir, along with a team of mental health specialists, developed a culturally sensitive therapy modality for working with people who experience PTSD and toxic stress in the MENA region, especially in areas of conflict and displacement.
This modality includes principles and practices from evidenced-based therapies such as the children’s version of Narrative Exposure Therapy (KidNET) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and it draws from family systems and pain management theories. These therapy modalities have been proven to be effective in decreasing the intensity of symptoms of PTSD and toxic stress in children.

ABOUT THE SERIES

Each of our 9 episodes revolves around a therapeutic theme, and is suitable for children aged 8-14. The coping skills demonstrated in the series and support material are designed to empower and equip children by helping them identify, understand, and deal with their symptoms of PTSD, toxic stress, anxiety and depression, by gaining skills that lead to resilience along their journey of healing.
About Amal For Children Series
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There are several substories intertwined with the main storyline of our hero about various themes related to mental health and traumatic injury, including bullying, child abuse, loss and grief Utilizing the bibliotherapy and KIDNET modality, several stories of survival and resilience are told, as part of the psychosocial support Saleem receives. This allows this series, ‘The Map, the Compass, and the Anchor’, to expand out of a one dimensional story of displacement and adjustment, engaging the viewer in various aspects of life’s challenges and difficulties.

THERAPEUTIC GOALS

The series covers the following therapeutic goals:
  • Psychoeducation and normalisation.
  • Stress management and coping mechanisms, such as controlled breathing technique, progressive muscle relaxation, thought management and renewal.
  • Affect expression and cognitive coping.
  • Behavioural management.
  • Creating trauma narrative.
Besides offering help to children in need of psychosocial support, one of the goals of Amal For Children is to generate awareness and empathy within host communities and society at large, highlighting the positive role of their support.

ENDORSEMENTS AND REVIEWS

This is the best material I have ever seen made for children with any type of mental health difficulties. I am sure AMAL can make a huge difference, both as an early intervention tool and as in therapy for children with PTSD.

And friends of traumatized children should get access too! 

In addition to the films, I loved the material you have created around it,  to facilitate use of it as a self help tool and in PSS/SEL-curriculums. 

Wonderful work!!!

Dr. Solfrid Raknes (NO)

Clinical Psychologist and Psychosocial Program Developer
European Federation Of Psychologists’ Association- Board of Prevention and Promotion

I am writing to express my professional appreciation for the production of Saleem motion picture. Saleem addresses many angles in child and adolescent mental health. It addresses features of children being sad and depressed due to the loss of a family member or due to moving to live in a new town or home, which is a traumatic life event for children. It also addresses the effect of change in parenting towards the child, which can be a compounding factor. This can be due to the parent themselves going through a traumatic experience like their child and this affecting their own mental health and hence their behavior towards their child, due to their preoccupation with their own difficulties they are going through.

Saleem addresses bullying and the effect of bullying on the child as well, and looks at therapeutic strategies towards bullying. Saleem also highlights the importance for children being able to see a counselor /therapist who helps them heal through their journey of trauma.

The advantage of addressing all the above issues through a motion picture movie Saleem, is that information being given is easily understood by children and adults and gives clarity of the nature of life events that can affect children and their parents, their mental health and behavior. Saleem addresses therapeutic interventions through the motion picture film, and these can be used in conjunction with existing training guides developed by mental health professionals in child and adolescent psychiatry of other organizations to train children, parents and adults.

The messages that a motion picture film like Saleem, are simple, easily understood, convincing and indirect and complement professional training being undertaken.

Kind regards

Dr. Samaa El Abd, MBBCh, MSc, FRCPsych (UK – Egypt)

Consultant Child & Adolescent Developmental Neuropsychiatrist

One of the most pressing concerns today for children’s mental and physical health is exposure to the Trauma of War, Migration and Asylum. The evidence of persisting distress, trauma symptoms and the long-standing impact on health and well-being across the life span of these children and young people is overwhelming. The concerns are so great that in the UK, the National trauma Council has published an excellent resource, co-produced with young people with lived experience of seeking asylum, and those who support them. An animation has been created for young people, with potential translation into a number of relevant languages which begins to tell the story effectively about the nature of traumatic experiences and offers a message of hope and recovery.

But this is a beginning and much more detailed resources for professionals need to be produced, including a tool kit for Education and Educational Settings staff working in Early years, Schools, Colleges, and alternative provisions. Information needs to be developed for staff and volunteers who do not necessarily have had a mental health training, but who are working directly with children and young people seeking asylum, and have been affected by war, and have migrated to find safety.

This is where the development of the Saleem film and training materials comes in. This outstanding animated film presents the story of Saleem a young person affected by war, and profound loss, which is involving, evokes powerful feelings which helps the viewer understand the origins of distress, yet gives a message of hope, resilience, and recovery. Detailed information is embedded in the narrative which educate about the symptoms of trauma – dissociation, re-experiencing and arousal, and the therapeutic approach to addressing them. Relaxation skills are introduced, the role of social support, important therapeutic skills of accurate empathy, emotional support is emphasised through the role of an excellent Counsellor. The creation of a Healing Narrative is brilliantly portrayed through the image of the Hero, and his story.

This is an outstanding film, which will be valuable in training the many carers and supporters of children, and young people affected by Trauma War, Migration and Asylum, to help children and young people on the road to recovery, and resilience, Material can be incorporated into training, and can be made available in many languages. The approach is based on the most up to date approaches to understanding the impact of the trauma of exposure to War, Migration and Asylum, and a Trauma Focused approaches to intervention. The film can be highly recommended as a valuable resource for the experienced practitioner, and for all those working directly with children and young people.

Dr. Arnon Bentovim (UK) 

Formerly Psychiatrist to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, and Visiting Professor,
Royal Holloway, University of London, Director Child and Family Training UK