Trauma & Resilience: Theory & Practice from the Israeli Experience (2 weeks, 64 hours, 4 credits)

July 3rd-14th, 2016*

*please note that dorm registration and check in will take place on Thursday June 30th. It will only take a few hours, leaving you with two full days free of programming on Friday and Saturday to rest and acquaint to Jerusalem, before the course begins on Sunday the 3rd.

This two-week summer program aims to provide participants with a broad picture of the latest developments in the trauma field in general, and in the Israeli context in particular. The course will include theoretical lectures, experiential teaching and site visits. Students will learn about the risks of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), related distress symptoms, and potential protective factors. Theories and research pertaining to the consequences of trauma, healthy coping processes, and possible pathological consequences will be presented. Guiding principles for clinical programs treating post-traumatic disorders will be discussed. The academic curriculum will be enriched by the following experiences:

  • Field visit to a citywide intervention program for strengthening resilience in the civilian population in the wake of war.
  • Opportunities to practice experiential techniques for early intervention and treatment of traumatized individuals.
  • Presentation of programs that have been implemented in Israel, which are aimed towards building resilience and preventing pathological consequences of trauma.

Site visits and lectures will include meetings with leading researchers and practitioners in the field of psychological trauma. This unique program is held at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus campus. The course will focus on five themes:

  • Psychological trauma: consequences and coping
  • Resilience: theoretical concepts and applications
  • Community preparedness for terrorism and disaster
  • Children and trauma: developmental and gender aspects
  • Clinical interventions

Students may earn 4 academic credits from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem upon completion of the two-week course.

An optional third week of clinical training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Disorders will be conducted for clinicians who are interested in adapting their clinical skills to the trauma field. Two academic credits may be earned upon completion of the week of clinical training.

Target Group: Professionals and advanced students in: Clinical or Educational Psychology, Neuropsychology, Social Work, Psychiatry, Counseling, Nursing, Medicine, Law, and Public Health, as well as civil servants and clergy.

For course and application details visit the Hebrew University course website.

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Week 3 Add-On: Clinical Training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Disorders (1 week, 40 hours, 2 credits)

July 17th -21st, 2016, 9:00-17:00

The specialty course is based on a 3-phase model. Phase 1, the stabilization phase focuses on self-regulation techniques. Phase 2, trauma processing, requires techniques of exposure and the building of a narrative. During phase 3, the integration phase, cognitive techniques are indicated. In the course of this week, students will review the literature, discuss the treatment model, observe demonstrations of techniques and exercise the techniques with each other while working with participants’ own experiences.

Note: This training is open to clinicians only.

The training will take place at METIV.

Program Directors:
Danny Brom, Ph.D.
Naomi Baum, Ph.D.
Ruth Pat-Horenczyk, Ph.D.

Lecturers (ICTP):
Danny Brom, Ph.D., General Director
Ruthy Pat-Horenczyk, Ph.D., Director, Children & Adolescent Clinical Services
Naomi Baum, Ph.D., Director, Resilience Programs
Joel Wardi, M.A., Director, Adult Clinical Services
Gafnit Aghassy, M.A., Director of Training
Naomi Ruhman, M.S.W., Director of Children’s Clinical Services
Alon Weltman, M.A., medical psychologist, Coordinator of Peace of Mind Project
Asher Rahamim, M.A., Director of Ethiopian Services
Yaffa Stokar, M.A., medical psychologist, Project Coordinator and Research Associate
Vered Nuriel-Porat, M.S.W., clinical social worker, Research and Workshops Coordinator

Housing:
Basic housing is available in the Scopus Student Village. Each student is allocated a private air-conditioned bedroom in a furnished suite containing 5 bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, and bathroom facilities. A supermarket, self-service laundry and other conveniences can be found in the village. Reasonably priced meals and snacks may be purchased on campus.

Application: 
https://overseas.huji.ac.il/TraumaSummer