Israel-Hamas Conflict Resources for Counsellors

As an international non-profit organization with a humanitarian mission, IAC promotes well-being, respect, social justice, and peace. We are deeply saddened and concerned by the recent violence in the Israel-Hamas conflict and the tragic loss of lives across the region. IAC wants to express solidarity with our counselling colleagues and the communities you serve around the world. More than ever, we believe mental health is a human right and decry and deplore the violence and brutality that threatens it.

Acknowledging the importance of culturally relevant counselling practices around the world, IAC has assembled a few resources for counsellors who are serving those affected by the conflict, both directly and indirectly. We have included resources that offer support in the face of bigotry, especially anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, and the need to cope with a news cycle full of violent photos and images. Please reach out if you have further suggestions of resources for your peers. We will continue to add to this page. Thank you for being part of our international counselling community and for the essential humanitarian work that you do. 

ACA article: Crisis Counseling: A Blend of Safety and Compassion


ACA article: Prioritizing Trauma-Informed Care

ACA article: Treatment strategies for race-based traumatic stress

ACA web page: Trauma and Disaster Mental Health

BACP toolkit: The EDI Coalition toolkit

BBC article: Israel Gaza war: History of the conflict explained

Berkeley Greater Good magazine article: Resources for Peace and Conflict

Berkeley Greater Good magazine article: Six Tips to Avoid Being Overwhelmed by the News

Childline web page: Worrying about Israel and Gaza

CNN article: How to protect your mental health while keeping tabs on the Israel-Hamas war

CNN Podcast: How to Cope with The Current News Cycle

Common Sense Media: How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War 

Learning for Justice: Discussing War and Conflict: Resources for Educators, Parents and Caregivers

National Association of Independent Schools (U.S.): Resources for Educators About the Conflict in the Middle East


Northwestern University: Self-Care Strategies for Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress


NPR article: How to help humanitarian efforts in Israel and Gaza

SAMSHA fact sheet: Tips for Survivors: Coping with Grief after a Disaster or Traumatic Event

SAMSHA web page: Compassion Fatigue and Self-care for Crisis Counselors

SAMSHA web page: Incidents of Mass Violence

UNICEF web page: How to talk to your children about conflict and war

WHO free publication: Mental health of refugees and migrants: risk and protective factors and access to care

WHO web article: Five key themes for improved mental health care for refugees and migrants

WHO Fact Sheet: Mental Health in Emergencies

WHO Fact Sheet: Mental Health and Forced Displacement


Know of other helpful sources to share on this page? Please email Lisa Isenman.