Services in Israel


1. Counseling Project for Victims of Terror
For many victims, the traumatic event may impair their ability to support themselves financially. The counseling project for victims of terror offers subsidized professional treatment for those who cannot afford it.

2. The National School Intervention Project
In recent years, children in Israel are constantly exposed, both directly and via media, to a state of terror. At the heart of the project lies a concern about the long-term effects of this exposure, which in many cases go undiagnosed and untreated. The project addresses the needs of the entire educational system and includes screening children who suffer from PTSD, resilience workshops for teachers and other school personnell and training school mental health professionals.

3. Metiv Crisis Center
Metiv is a walk-in crisis center, created in order to serve Jerusalem residents who have been affected by terror attacks or who are going through a life crisis (such as separation, loss, losing a job, violence etc.). The focus of Metiv is on giving immediate help to everyone who comes in, with no need for referrals or appointments. This service is provided free of charge.

Herzog Hospital Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma Offers Special Summer Course on Trauma and Resilience in Conjunction with the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University

Herzog Hospital Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma Offers Special Summer Course on Trauma and Resilience in Conjunction with the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University

The Hospital’s Psychotrauma Center initiated a unique month long course this past summer as part of the international programs of the Rothberg School. Based on the success of this program, this course will be offered again in July 2009. Last year’s course discussed coping with trauma and personal and community resilience.

26 people from 11 countries, participated in the 2008 course. They included those in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, counseling, public health, as well as an army rabbi from Holland and a priest from the Canadian army.

This program aims to give participants a broad picture of the latest developments in the trauma field and their application in Israeli society, based on the extensive experience of the Trauma Center in Israel and worldwide. The Trauma Center has provided extensive services throughout Israel to help victims of terror and their families; the residents of northern Israel after the War in Lebanon, and residents of Sderot and it environs who have been coping with the barrage of kassam rockets for the past eight years. They have also conducted hundreds of training courses for professionals and first responders throughout Israel. The Trauma Center has also provided trauma training and counseling in New York City after Sept 11; the tsunami in Sri Lanka; Biloxi, Mississippi; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, and the terror attack on the school in Beslan Chechnya, as well as other places throughout the world.

Some themes of the subjects taught in the Rothberg School program are:

Psychological trauma: consequences and coping

Resilience: theoretical concepts and applications

Children and trauma

Theory and research concerning the results of trauma

Community preparedness for terrorism and disaster

Research protocols

Besides lectures of specialists and meetings with leading experts and practitioners in the field of psychological trauma, the participants practiced experiential techniques for treatment of traumatized individuals. It also included a visit to Naharriya to see the resilience center that was established with the help of the Trauma Center, after the Second Lebanon War. The program included meetings with Jewish and Arab psychologists and counselors from the north of the country, that were trained by the Trauma Center to work within the community and the educational system to help all those traumatized by the War in Lebanon.
Dr. Danny Brom, the Director of the Psychotrauma Center: “It was very exciting see people from all over, gathering together to learn about trauma and resilience, based on the broad Israeli experience.
All participants were enthusiastic about the course in getting to know Israel. They were willing to take part in more activities in the future. Here are some of the comments from the participants:

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