Looking Back and Looking Forward

SEED presents its 2017 Annual Report and 2018 Strategic Plan. SEED had many significant achievements in 2017, including the start of mobile services in Dohuk and Erbil, the opening of its new office in Dohuk, the creation of a Center for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) at Koya University and the first [...]

Looking Back and Looking Forward2018-06-17T22:00:38+00:00

Two trauma specialists from the US explain trauma

SEED is proud to present part 1 of six interviews with two trauma specialists from the United States: Holly Aldrich (Director of the Center for Homicide Bereavement) and Barbara Hamm (Director of Victim Services at the Department of Community Health Improvements). The interviews were conducted by SEED’s Co-Founder and Vice President, Tanya Gilly-Khailany. In this [...]

Two trauma specialists from the US explain trauma2018-01-25T09:15:56+00:00

Shifting from a traditional way of teaching to an interactive one

When learning is interactive, it gives the learners the opportunity to think about the information in a new way and practically apply it to their lives. At universities throughout the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, we often see that classes are taught in a traditional way using lecture as the primary teaching mechanism, leaving little room [...]

Shifting from a traditional way of teaching to an interactive one2018-01-24T13:28:50+00:00

Education in Clinical Psychology in Kurdistan

Interview with Dr. Azad Ali, ­ Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at Koya University. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has known a long history of violence and persecution, with decades of war, oppression, genocide, and dictatorship. Trauma is passed over from generation to generation and talking about mental health issues is still taboo. [...]

Education in Clinical Psychology in Kurdistan2017-12-27T20:43:52+00:00

How can we help a nation heal?

By Ann Knapp, STARS Program Director. It’s said that time heals all wounds, but that isn’t the reality for many who’ve experienced unspeakable trauma. Men, women, and children who’ve been impacted by the horrors of ISIS; individuals who have endured violence on the basis of their gender; whole communities that have suffered decades of conflict [...]

How can we help a nation heal?2017-12-20T08:14:14+00:00

24 students graduate from the PSS Training Program

The Center for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) at Koya University graduated its first 24 students from the Psychosocial Support Services (PSS) Training Program on Sunday, November 19th at Koya University. The Graduation Day included a morning of learning where we brought students and supervisors together in focus groups to learn more about [...]

24 students graduate from the PSS Training Program2017-11-23T11:09:47+00:00

SEED’s Co-Founder and Vice President speaker at TEDxNishtimanWomen

SEED’s Co-Founder and Vice President Tanya Gilly-Khailany, was one of the eight speakers during TEDxNishtimanWomen on November 3rd in Saad Abdullah Hall in Erbil, Kurdistan. Tanya’s speech was about the importance of women’s participation in building peace. “Women’s priorities tend to be different than those of men, Women experience war and peace differently, and women [...]

SEED’s Co-Founder and Vice President speaker at TEDxNishtimanWomen2018-02-27T08:29:32+00:00

Stakeholder Report Meeting: War, Health, and Refugees in Iraq

The conflict in Iraq has had a devastating effect on access to medical care, with over a million displaced people making demands on an already overwhelmed public health system in the Kurdistan Region. Having been cut off from the Iraqi budget since 2014, the Kurdistan Regional Government lacks resources to pay salaries, run public hospitals [...]

Stakeholder Report Meeting: War, Health, and Refugees in Iraq2017-10-18T11:05:21+00:00

SEED Announces 2017 Gala Awardees – Glenn Beck’s Mercury One and Vital Voices

SEED will host its second annual gala dinner event Children in Crisis, in Washington, D.C., on October 2nd, raising funds for its work supporting the recovery of survivors of violence and conflict in Kurdistan, Iraq. SEED is on the front-line delivering critical psychological and social services to women, men, and children who have been displaced and suffered [...]

SEED Announces 2017 Gala Awardees – Glenn Beck’s Mercury One and Vital Voices2017-09-12T13:00:28+00:00

Three Years Into the Crisis SEED Supports Survivors

This weekend marked the third anniversary of the genocide against the Yezidis, and other minorities in Iraq.  On August 3rd, 2014, ISIS terrorists overran the city of Sinjar and murdered, abducted and enslaved thousands women, men, boys and girls. SEED's President, Sherri Kraham Talabany, attended a vigil in memorial for the victims of this genocide at [...]

Three Years Into the Crisis SEED Supports Survivors2017-08-06T07:34:02+00:00