Yousef AlAjarma, PhD REAT
Program Director, MA in Counseling Psychology in Expressive Arts Therapy
Lesley University, Expressive Arts Therapy
Dr. AlAjarma is a core faculty in the Counseling program at Massachusetts school of Professional Psychology MSPP. His areas of professional interest include: the application of Arts to teaching and to psychotherapy practice, Resilience and Trauma, Family and couples therapy, and conflict transformation. Dr. AlAjarma earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Work and psychology from Bethlehem University, Palestine, and has his M.A. from the European Graduate School in Switzerland in Expressive Arts Therapies. Also, he completed advanced training in trauma studies at Lesley University. Dr. AlAjarma earned his Ph.D from Lesley University in Expressive Therapies, his dissertation title was: “The Role of the Arts Toward Healing Trauma and Building Resilience in the Palestinian Community”. Dr. AlAjarma grew up in the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem in Palestine and since then he has worked with traumatized children, teenagers, adults and parents. Dr. AlAjarma also has more than fifteen years of working with adults, teens and children in schools and community centers. He also worked as an Expressive Arts Therapist with many trauma survivors in Palestine. He held positions with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, Les Médicins du Monde (Doctors of the World), the Palestinian Ministry of Education and many other NGOs.
Dr. AlAjarma is an experienced instructor who has been teaching grad students for more than six years. He currently teaches many courses including Group Dynamics, Principles and Practices of Expressive Therapies, Standards and Ethics, Couples and family therapy, and Supervision. Dr. AlAjarma also co-author a workbook for the children’s of Gaza: My Personal Story about Living in Gaza: A Guided Activity Workbook for Children & Families.