Message From Head of Program
Welcome to the International Program in Crisis and Trauma
Dear Students and Friends,
Today's world is undergoing constant environmental, political, and social changes that have led to unprecedented crises, disasters and emergencies. This has made coping with such crises a major concern for governments, civil society, and academia globally. Israel is a living laboratory for research and practice in coping with stress, crisis, and trauma. Along with personal stressful and traumatic events, such as accidents, disasters, or domestic violence, many individuals are exposed to different types of political violence and collective trauma.
The International Program in Crisis & Trauma at the Bob Shapell School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University, offers global professionals an intensive program in the project management of interventions aimed at assisting and improving the well-being of communities, groups, families and individuals affected by traumatic upheavals. The Program provides students with cutting-edge theoretical knowledge, practical intervention and assistance skills, as well as first-hand experience in the field in a variety of social services and NGOs that specialize in trauma and stress interventions both in Israel and abroad.
It is a great honor for me to serve as the Head of the Program. For the last two decades, I have been studying trauma. In my research, I am interested in understanding the implications of traumatic experiences on the survivors’ self, representation of the body, health, and their interplay. I believe in an integrative holistic approach. As much as somatic, emotional, and cognitive processes are interwoven and affect the adjustment of the trauma survivors, management of crises and traumatic situations should rely on an integrative approach; this must take into consideration individual, family, societal, and cultural aspects. I believe that our program provides students with both an in-depth and comprehensive perspective on the complicated processes and needs of trauma survivors, as well as evidence-based models and techniques for assisting them.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Belle Gavriel-Fried, the outgoing head of the program. Under her leadership, the program has evolved and grown to provide courses and practical experiences relevant to todays rapidly evolving field of trauma.
I welcome you and look forward to having you as active members of our student body!
Prof. Karni Ginzburg
Head of the International Crisis and Trauma Program
Tel Aviv University