Courses

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

Fall semester 2017/2018

Traumas and their Aftermaths: From Lived Experiences to Theory

Mandatory

Dr. Kobi Stein

 

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

Mandatory

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 to encourage critical thinking on the effects of trauma .

 

Evaluation of Social Services

Mandatory

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.

 

Better together: Community in Time of Trauma

Mandatory

Dr. Shay Ben-Yosef

 

Theory & Practice of Social Planning and Social Management

Mandatory

Dr. Guy Shilo

Mrs. Dana Kirshenbaum

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 pressing social problems.

 

Research Paradigms and Methods

Mandatory

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.

 

Human Rights & Populations at Risk for Trauma

Mandatory

Dr. Sarit Sened

 

Ecological and Organizational Perspectives of Human Service Agencies (Site Visits)

Mandatory

Dr. Shira Pagorek-Eshel

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.

 

Group Interventions in Stressful Situations

Elective

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 students with theoretical knowledge and basic intervention skills, as well as first-hand experience in group interventions.

 

Theory & Practice of Advancing Community Based Interventions for Acute & Long-Term Crisis in Under-Developed Countries

Elective

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.

 

Spring Semester 2018

Social Policy Aspects of Coping with Long-Term Stress

Mandatory

Dr. Yossi Korazim

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.

 

Responding to the Psychological toll of Traumatic Events: Theoretical & Conceptual Aspects

Mandatory

Dr. Ruvie Rogel

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

 

Theory & Practice of Social Planning and Social Management

Mandatory

Dr. Guy Shilo

Mrs. Dana Kirshenbaum

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 pressing social problems.

 

Resilience & Post-Traumatic Growth Following Trauma

Mandatory

Dr. Avital Kaye-Tzadok

The course aims to expose students to issues regarding resilience as a concept, and to models and implementations that relate to it. We will talk about a number of different target groups: individuals, first responders, and the general community. We will also be looking at post-traumatic growth.

 

Ecological and Organizational Perspectives of Human Service Agencies (Site Visits)

Mandatory

Dr. Shira Pagorek-Eshel

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.

 

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

Elective

Dr. Noga Tsur

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 their 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.

 

Religion and Spirituality as Coping Resources with Life Crisis

Elective

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 2018

Immigrants, Refugees, and Host Societies

Mandatory

Dr. Anastasia Gorodzeisky

 

Dangerous Group Dynamics

Elective

Dr. Alana Siegel

 

 

Educational Visit to Uganda

Elective Course (4 credits)

Trauma, Crisis, and International Development – The Case of Uganda

Tamar Dekel

This new and specialized course 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.

 

Dates: January 28 until February 11, 2018 (During Semester break)

 
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