The Guidance and Training Center for the Child and Family (GTC)

The Guidance and Training Center for the Child and Family (GTC)


GTC (Mr. Victor Kawwas - Administrative and Financial Director)
153 Manger Street, West Bank
Palestinian Territory

The Guidance and Training Center for the Child and Family (GTC) was founded in November 1994. It has been operating as a mental health center since its inception in Bethlehem. The center is registered as a Palestinian local nongovernmental organization (NGO) by the palestinian Ministry of Interior since 1997.

Before travel restrictions were imposed, GTC served patients from as far as the Nablus area and even Gaza. Now, it provides services to patients from the Bethlehem area including the surrounding villages, refugee camps, and nearby cities including Ramallah, Jericho, Hebron and East Jerusalem.

The Mental Health Team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, special education therapist, play therapist, social workers and occupational therapists. The Center offers eclectic mental health care including psychiatric and psychological services, special education therapy, play therapy, psychosocial counseling, training, research, outreach services and special education classrooms. Patients receive individual therapy (psychodynamic, behavioral, special education and play therapy) as well as family therapy and group therapy.

GTC is a mental health center mainly for children and their families. GTC deals with all kinds of emotional, psychological and psychiatric problems. It is open to patients of all ages regardless of sex and religion. However, most patients who come for treatment are children and women, where about 85% of patients are children and women.

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