Biography Arz Stephan

  • DOB: 15-06-1982 (Lebanon)
  • Gender: Male
  • Mobile: +962 7 9923 4894
  • E-mail:
  • Address Muhamad Al Bashir St., Shmaysani, Amman, Jordan


February 2017 - Present

Save the Children Denmark - SCD

MEE Regional Child Protection Technical Advisor                                                                            

Amman, Jordan

  • Technical assistance to CP and MHPSS for SCD programmes in the region: backstop for the Syria Response, and programmatic support for Jordan, Syria, Yemen and Irak.
  • Fundraising for CP and MHPSS interventions: Danida, Unicef, Lego foundation, Madad, Devco.
  • Providing member neutral technical support for the regional office namely for the North Africa Migration Initiative based in Tunis and covering Libya.
  • CPiE deployments: Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, and Syria
  • Supporting SC Durable Solutions Agenda on operationalizing the MHPSS in the Nexus.
  • Member of the MHPSS Peacebuilding subgroup of the IASC MHPSS Reference Group.

December 2014 – January 2017

Terre des Hommes –Italy 

Community Empowerment and Child Protection Expert           

Beirut, Lebanon

  • Responsible of the Child Protection (CP) and Psycho-Social Support (PSS) program in 2 Child Friendly Spaces in Mount Lebanon and 3 community centers in North Bekaa, offering PSS activities for more than 5000 children.
  • Designing guidelines, internal policies and strategical planning for TdH It at national level concerning CP
  • Developing M&E toolkits to measure the impact of CP interventions.
  • Actively participating in Child Protection in Emergency Working Group at UNICEF at national level.

Writing a toolkit and training manuals for CP center-based and community-based approach.

September 2014 – January 2017

Private Clinic
Beirut, Lebanon

  • Clinical Psychologist and Family Psychotherapist, supervised by Dr. Maude Saikali.
  • Specialized in Adolescent-Parent relationships.

March 2014 – December 2014

Terre des Hommes – Italy
North Bekaa, Lebanon

Child Protection Officer/ Acting as Project Manager (official position as of July 2014)

  • Responsible of the Child Protection (CP) and Psycho-Social Support (PSS) program in Child Friendly Spaces: 2 in Arsal, 1 in Fekhe-Jdeideh, and 1 in Al Ain.
  • Training and coaching animators on Child Protection and providing them with psychological support.
  • Handling and reporting Child Protection and Mental Health issues.
  • Writing and reviewing monthly and quarterly reports.
  • Designing, planning and organizing CP and PSS trainings for CP and non CP actors.

2012 – 2013 (12 months)

William James Study Association
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Founder and board member

  • Establishing a graduate psychology student association at the William James Graduate School.
  • Communicating with students, staff and faculty members, and organizing academic events.
  • Insuring member recruitment and the association continuity.

2012 – 2013 (8 months)

Department of Child and Family Studies
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Research internship

  • Actively participating in data collection, and participants’ follow-up in Dutch.
  • Attending research meetings and discussions.
  • Participating in filming of the Strange Situation Procedure – a psychological paradigm testing the quality of parent-child relationship.

2008 – 2009 (6 months)

EOLE (Ecoute, Orientations, Loisirs, Épanouissement)
Paris, France

Part-time Family Therapist

  • Implementing and using the concepts of Ethnopsychiatry created by Tobie Nathan.
  • Assisting migrant parents and children sent by the school psychologist for psychological disorders related to school work.

2007 - 2009  (18 months)

GAEP (Groupe d’Aide en Ethnopsychiatrie)
Paris, France

Internship as a Family Therapist

  • Learning the practice of Ethnopsychatry created by Tobie Nathan.
  • Documenting interventions and writing reports.
  • Learning cultural specificities of school functioning, psychological disorders, and family functioning.

2009 - 2010 (12 months)

Centre Hospitalier Sainte-Anne
Paris, France

Internship as a Clinical Psychologist

  • Learning the operation of psychiatric hospitals.
  • Actively participating in drama therapy designed to help schizophrenia patients

2007 - 2008  (9 months)

Centre Hospitalier Claude Galien
Quincy-sous-Senart, France

Internship as a Health Psychologist in the Oncology Department

  • Assisting the clinical psychologist in giving support to families and patients diagnosed with cancer.
  • Assisting the oncologist in follow-ups with families.

2006-2007 (4 months)

Institut Medico-Educatif – Ecole des Petites Victoires
Paris, France

Internship as a Special Educator for children and adolescents suffering from autism

  • Taking an active role in the daily school functioning.
  • Assisting and observing interventions of psychologists and psychiatrists.
  • Learning about ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) as an educational tool for children with autism.


2011 - 2013

M.SC. in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology (scholarship)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam

Subject of Thesis: Talking about past attachment experiences: How does it affect attachment representations, emotional regulation, and the autonomic nervous system?

2008 - 2010

Special courses in Sexual Health and Prevention
Paris, France

Université Paris 5
Presentation:  An organization for sexual diversity in the Parisian-Arab community: Specificity, challenges and opportunities.

2003 - 2008

Masters (Maitrise) in Clinical Psychology
Paris, France

Université Paris 5
Subject of Thesis: Case study of 6 patients with cancer: Psychological functioning, coping and hope.

2000 - 2003

Bachelor of Business Administration - option: Management.
Beirut, Lebanon

American University of Beirut


French Baccalaureate
Beirut, Lebanon

Collège Notre Dame de Jamhour



Arabic, French, English and basic Dutch.

Computer Skills

Microsoft Office (Excel, MS Project, Word, Power Point), SPSS, VU-DAMS (Ambulatory Monitoring System).


2006 - 2007

Therapeutic follow ups of 4 adolescents with autism.
How to deal with their changing bodies and their sexuality?
Paper work in collaboration between Université Paris 5 and Ecole des Petites Victoires
Paris, France

2011 - 2012

Autonomy-connectedness: explaining gender differences in psychopathology.
Literature review for the Psychopathology course at the Vrij Universiteit
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2011 - 2012

Development of PTSD. Screening and follow-up of a child cohort living in Lebanese Palestinian Camps.
Research proposal in epidemiology of mental health at the Vrij Universiteit          
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2011 - 2012

Comparing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in school-aged children and adolescents with other therapies: Results of a meta-analysis.
Research proposal in Systematic review at the Vrij Universiteit                                       
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2012 - 2013

Measuring effectiveness of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in a sample of Lebanese children and adolescents aged 8 to 16 through a Clustered Randomized Control Trial.
Research proposal for a Randomized Control Trial at the Vrij Universiteit
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


2009 - 2010

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
Translation of documents and websites from English to Arabic.                                                       
Beirut, Lebanon

2002 - 2003

GENEPI (Groupement Etudiant National d'Enseignement aux Personnes Incarcérées)
As an active member, I gave English courses to a class of 10 incarcerated persons
Paris, France