International Course on Trauma and Resilience

Trauma & Resilience: Theory & Practice from the Israeli Experience

Opening Date

June 29, 2023

Last date of registration

May 15, 2023


Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus campus


Two week course, 64 academic hours, 4 credits

Days & Hours


This two-week summer program provides participants with a broad picture of the latest developments in the trauma field in general, and in the Israeli context in particular. The course includes 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.

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

course will focus on five themes:

Who is the course meant for?

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.

An optional third week of clinical training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Disorders is offered 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. This third week is limited to clinicians.  

Program Director:

Danny Brom, Ph.D.

Lecturers :

Danny Brom, Ph.D., General Director
Joel Wardi, M.A., Director, Adult Clinical Services
Gafnit Aghassy, M.A., Director of Training
Alon Weltman, M.A., medical psychologist, Coordinator of Peace of Mind Project
Asher Rahamim, M.A., Director of Ethiopian Services


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.

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