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Trauma-Informed Intervention Programs

The Haruv Institute offers trauma-informed intervention training to welfare and mental health organizations treating children and families. The “trauma lens” places emphasis on principles an areas of knowledge such as:

  • How childhood trauma affects child development
  • Early childhood attachment and its relation to trauma
  • The impact of trauma on parenting
  • Professionals’ coping with children and parents who experienced trauma
  • Trauma-informed interventions(with a focus on protectiveness, talking directly about trauma, creating a trauma narrative, psycho-educational intervention, etc.)

The aim of this training is to encourage professional workers to keep the child’s situation in mind   when treating families that have experienced traumatic events, to involve the children in therapeutic interventions and to maintain a focus on the trauma when treating the entire family.


program 2017


Psychotherapy for pre-school aged children and parents, in a state of crisis and trauma

In partnership with: The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Organization for Promoting Education (NGO)

Goal: Provide the therapeutic staff of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Organization for Promoting Education (NGO) with working tools at their sessions with families and children who live in an ongoing state of trauma (families-on-the-brink), for evaluation and treatment. After training, the program’s graduates will be skilled in carrying out a dyadic therapeutic discourse when treating families-on-the-brink within the treatment framework in which they work.

Target Population: The NGO’s therapeutic staff – social workers, psychologists, therapists

Number of Sessions: 15

Participants: 30

Location: Jaffa


Training Program for Therapists in Emergency Centers – Integrating Principles of Trauma-Informed Intervention in Children with the Work at the Emergency Center 

In Partnership with: Mivtach-Oz and Schusterman; Ahava and Shabtai Levi

Goal: To create integration and application of the principles of trauma-informed intervention within the framework of therapeutic work with maltreated children in the emergency centers in Jerusalem and northern Israel; the two Jerusalem emergency centers, and the two from northern Israel joined forces respectively in order to study together.

Target Population: Social-workers, psychologists, art therapists and other caregiving professionals.

Number of Sessions: 6

Participants: 60

Location: The Haruv campus



Full-Day Seminar for the staff of the “Ahava” Emergency Center, on Trauma-Informed Treatment

Goal: This study day was a continuation of the course on the principles of trauma-informed intervention that had been held with the therapists of the “Ahava” and Shabtai Levi Emergency Centers, with emphasis on instilling the principles of this type of intervention for the entire staff.

Target Population: The entire staff of the Ahava emergency center

Number of Sessions: 1

Participants: 30

Location: The “Ahava” Emergency Center, Kiryat Biyalik



A Course for Foster Care social workersof Orr-Shalom (NGO) on Trauma-Informed Intervention

 Goal: To enrich the professional knowledge and tool-kit in treating children and their biological families and foster care families, via the additional perspective of the “trauma lens”.

Target Population: The foster care social workersof Orr-Shalom (NGO).

Number of Sessions: 5

Participants: 55

Location: Central Region



Trauma-Informed Intervention for the After-School Child-Care Facilities of the “Yad Rachel” Organization (NGO)

In partnership with: “Yad Rachel” (NGO)

Goal: Becoming familiar with the principles of trauma-informed intervention, the impact of trauma and how to cope with its manifestations – in order to help the staff at the after-school child-care facilities in treating children-at-risk.

Target Population: All  staff members of the “Yad Rachel” after-school child-care facilities, including counselors, National Service volunteers, social workers and coordinators.

Number of Sessions: 4

Participants: 50

Location: Jerusalem


Intervention-Based Treatment of Adolescent Boys and Families in Crisis and States of Trauma

In partnership with: “Ha’ogen” Youth Village

Goal: To enrich the seniorstaff of the community-based “Ha’ogen” with the “trauma lens”, in the process of treating adolescent boys and their families, and provide the staff with tools to meet with the families and children who experienced traumatic events.

Target Population: Social workers, directors and coordinators of the different frameworks of the community-based Ha’ogen.

Number of Sessions: 8

Participants: 35

Location: Be’er-Sheva



General Assembly of the Regional School Counselors

In partnership with: Educational-Psychological Service (SHEFI), the Ministry of Education

Goal: . The Haruv Institute holds lectures regarding maltreated children, at conferences for school counselors in various cities and regions, aspart of the Ministry of Education’s annual program for school counselors. This year’s theme was encouraging students to turn for help

Target Population:. School Counselors

Number of Sessions: Between 1-2 sessions in each region

Participants: About 100 participants in each region

Location: Ramla, Be’er-Sheba and environs, Ashkelon, Petakh-Tikva


Study Sessions on Secondary Trauma  for SocialWorkers

Goal: To spotlight the ramifications of therapeutic work on the social worker. To bring those working with pain, suffering and hope – as part of their daily work – in touch with the wounded parts within themselves hidden by their own defense mechanisms, as well as with the primary wounds which influence choosing a care-giving profession.

These study sessions are also targeted at creating at developing a community of workers with a shared language that will facilitate educational interactions between professionals from different backgrounds, alongside consolidating uniform work and learning processes further on.

Target Population: Child protection socialworkers in the Jerusalem Municipality

Number of Sessions: 2

Participants: 50

Location: Jerusalem


Training In Trauma-Informed Interventions In Out-Of-Home Placement Frameworks

Children who come to out-of-home placement frameworks, such as halfway houses and foster care, suffer from traumatic events that occurred in the family, such as suspected violence and abuse, illness, the sudden death of a family member, divorce-related conflicts, rejection, loss or desertion of a significant figure. Many of these children suffered ongoing trauma at home, and removal from the biological family is an additional and harsh trauma.

Supervisors and caretakers at foster-care centers and halfway houses for children, need to treat children who experienced traumatic events. Talking about trauma is very challenging, especially with young children. Adults tend to minimize the impact of trauma on young children, claiming that at such a young age, the child does not remember nor understand what he witnessed, or is capable of recovering naturally. The aim of the program is to provide the therapists with tools to treat these children, through a “lens” focused on trauma, which will contribute towards therapeutic intervention and the understanding of this population of children.

Topics studied in the program: Trauma; the emotional-social development of children during their first years of life; daily challenges of living in a group; loss of a parent who is still alive; behavioral expressions of children in distress, etc.


In 2017, two programs were run for trauma-informed interventions:

  • Trauma-informed interventions in foster-care family frameworks, in collaboration with Neve WIZO, Herzliya, April – June 2017.
  • Training program on trauma-informed intervention therapy in foster-care family frameworks, in collaboration with “Shachar – Foster-Care Family Services”, July – December, 2017.

Target Population: Therapists and supervisors at foster care services, the staff of the halfway home, the director, social worker, psychologist, educational staff, counselors and house–parents of the foster-care home.

Number of Sessions: 5-8 sessions for each group

Participants: 90

Location: North, Central and Southern regions, and Jerusalem

last update 19 February 2019
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