Elective courses will be available for groups of 10 or more students

Spring Semester

Social policy aspects of coping with long-term stress


Dr. Yossi Korazim-Kőrösy

Different societies have different policies to cope with situations of long-term stress. Those are influenced to a large extent, by the social policies of their governments and the availability of social services. The course goals are to describe and analyze the characteristics of social policies and available social services, evaluate the capacity of those services to enable the citizens to cope with, and to maximally recover from their various stressful situations, and; recommend ways to improve the availability and the quality of the services and the policies of their delivery.



The impact of prolonged exposure to disasters on coping resiliency and general wellbeing


Avital Kaye-Tzadok, PhD.

The course aims to expose students to issues regarding Resilience as a concept, models and implementations that relate to it. We will talk about a number of different target groups: individuals, first responders, community. We will also be looking at Posttraumatic Growth.



Intimate partner violence related stress: Assessment and intervention

Prof. Einat Peled

Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been acknowledged as a major social problem in most countries in recent decades. It is experienced as a form of crisis and trauma by men and women, children, youth and elders, in various family configurations. The knowledge in this domain is constantly expanding and so are social and professional responses. This course will provide you with a theoretical and empirical body of knowledge in the field of IPV, and how it affects individuals, families, and communities; and with basic intervention skills aimed at assisting individuals and families affected by IPV. The learning will be contextualized in the Israeli social-cultural setting pertaining to this problem.



An Integrative Scope of the Mind-Body: Implications for Stress, Health, and Well-Being

Noga Tsur, PhD

Today’s Western society is characterized by a dualistic view of the mind and the body. The body is referred as a ‘container’ for the self, rather than an integral part of it. However, and partially due to the assimilation of ancient Eastern philosophies in Western culture, new ideas call for the need to reattach the dualistic Cartesian mind-body structure. More specifically, a growing body of knowledge demonstrates an inherent link between bodily and emotional experiences and its implications in stress, trauma and daily life. These notions exemplify the need of integrating physiological, psychological, and social schools of thought in the aim of improving the understanding of human experience, health, and well-being.



Group Interventions in Collective Stress Situations: Structures and Models


Dr. Rena Feigin

Group intervention has become a remarkably widespread accepted form of effective clinical intervention, especially when faced with stressful and traumatic situations. Its aim is to assist and improve the well-being of individuals, families and groups, that have been affected by trauma, crises, and emergencies.  The course provides you with theoretical knowledge and basic intervention skills, as well as first-hand experience in group interventions.



Theory and practice of advancing community based interventions in crisis and development settings – A Glocal perspective

Dr. Mike Naftali

This course focuses on sustainable community development. Increasing global interdependence both in facing large scale natural and human made disasters as well as development challenges, holds consequences for economic growth, the environment, regional relations, national and cultural identities, justice, equality and secure livelihoods that we just beginning to comprehend. Understanding these consequences will help students shape the future we build together as a global community.


Fall Semester

Site Visits
Ms. Laura Compton 
Annual course, mandatory

This year-long course is organized around site visits to a range of human service agencies offering counselling, therapy and support to persons exposed to traumatic stressors, such as battered women, children subjected to abuse or neglect, terror victims, and at-risk youth. Students will learn directly from the professionals providing the interventions about the principles that guide them and the intervention models they employ. In discussions following each visit, the students will be encouraged to reflect on the personal feelings and impressions that their visits evoked and to conceptualize what they learned while referring to theories and knowledge acquired in other courses or elsewhere.


Evaluation of Social Services

Dr. Avital Kaye-Tzadok


The course approaches evaluation as an integral part of intervention, to be incorporated into all of its stages. Students will learn not only the technical aspects of evaluation, but how to conduct evaluations taking into account the environment in which the intervention is implemented.



Responding to the Psychological Toll of Traumatic Events – Theoretical and conceptual aspects

Ruvie Rogel

The course focuses on both theoretical and conceptual aspects of trauma. It looks at trauma across the world and a range of different treatment methods.


Theory and practice of social planning and social management


Dr. Guy Shilo

Social programs for individuals, groups and communities in acute and long term crisis have become widespread and require unique tools and skills from the psychosocial disaster and crisis facilitators and coordinators.  This course sets out to explain the key processes that encompass the planning and management of social interventions, and covers issues such as needs assessment, defining intervention strategies, goals and objectives, generation of financial resources and decision-making. Specific attention will be given to understand the field of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which is rapidly garnering attention around the world as a key component in addressing local and global most pressing social problems.


Research paradigms and methods


Prof. Einat Peled

This course helps students become critical consumers and users of research. The main objectives are for students to learn to use research vocabulary correctly, and to improve their overall ability to critically read and evaluate research.


Ecological Perspectives of Trauma: From the International to the Individual Level


Dr. Alana Siegel

The course is based on Prof. Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory that explains how a human develops and is influenced by his or her environment. This course explains how trauma can exist in and interact between each of the five (micro-, meso-, exo-, macro-, and chrono-) systems. The goals of this course are to: Impart knowledge to master’s level students on the complexity of traumaexplain the interactions of trauma at the individual, familial, communal, national 
and international levels and encourage critical thinking on the effects of trauma .


Religion and Spirituality as Coping Resources with Life Crises

Dr. Hisham Abu-Raiya


There was a strong tendency among the founding fathers of psychology (e.g., Freud, Skinner) to view the role of religion in people's lives in a negative manner. Recent research has strongly challenged this view. A serious body of research has shown that, by and large, religion and spirituality are powerful coping resources for people dealing with life events, traumas and stressors. This course is composed of two sections. The first section covers the basic concepts of the psychology of religion (e.g., sacred, sanctification, intrinsic and extrinsic religiousness, religious conversion). The second section focuses on empirical research regarding the positive and negative religious coping methods with life events, crises and stressors. The course concludes by offering some practical tips on how the insights of this body of research can be used in work with individuals and groups.  



Summer Semester


The Case of Uganda

Tamar Dekel


This new and specialized course that will give students a unique opportunity to learn about Uganda and the ongoing stresses it faces. Join the course to learn about the specific practices of international development and on-the-ground social entrepreneurship and to gain invaluable field experience with a focus on NGOs and non-profit organizations.

The course will touch on topics including: the international development processes, human capacity building, volunteering, Ugandan trauma and stressors, community development in developing countries, and organizations in the field of international development in Uganda.

The course will focus on women's empowerment, refugees and IDP and environmental issues and their effects on local communities. A local academician will provide a theoretical overview of each one of these topics, followed by intervention method workshops taught by local professional experts, after which the students will participate in a local project in the field. The course will encourage mutual learning and reflections between the students and local practitioners and communities.


*Please note, expenses for this course are in addition to and not included in the program tuition fees.





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