The JU Institute of Psychology is organising a number of initiatives to help Ukrainian refugees, which include efforts to help victims of war trauma, including both adults and children. In May, the Institute will host two workshops by the eminent expert in the field: Dr Rony Berger from Tel Aviv University Center for Compassionate Mindful Education.
Workshops for volunteers: Psychological Support in Times of War
Thursday, May 12, 9:00 AM - 3.30 PM
The workshop will focus on presenting volunteers with innovative strategies aiming to empower and provide war refugees with psychological support as well as to provide volunteers with tools geared to prevent secondary traumatization and burnout.
Workshop for Professionals: Mental Health in Times of War: Creating Islands of Sanity
JU Institute of Psychology, ul. Romana Ingardena 6, room 6.01 (6th floor).
Thursday, May 19, 9.00 AM - 3.30 PM
Friday, May 20, 9.00 AM - 3.30 PM
This two-day workshop has three aims: 1) To provide professionals with innovative strategies for dealing with war refugees experiencing acute and post-traumatic symptoms 2) To provide professionals who work with refugees and other trauma survivors with tools to prevent secondary traumatization and burnout 3) To present a school-based program which helps war refugee children.
Both workshops will be run by Dr Rony Berger from Tel Aviv University Center for Compassionate Mindful Education. Dr Berger is a senior clinical psychologist, an internationally recognized expert in dealing with the psychological preparation for and aftermath of terrorism and other major disasters as well as prejudice reduction among ethnic groups in conflict. Dr Berger and Prof. Philip Zimbardo have been the principal investigators of a large de-radicalization international study on transformation from extremism into pro-sociality. Dr Berger was the chief designer of a prejudice-reduction program for Palestinian and Jewish youth at the Arab-Jewish Community Center in Jaffa. He has lectured, consulted and held workshops for a wide range of world organizations including FEMA, Red Cross, CDC, DMHAS, WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR, EU and UNOCA and has led humanitarian delegations in the aftermath of ethnic conflicts & terrorism in Israel, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tanzania and Congo. He has published two books, wrote numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored several chapters on dealing with the aftermath of major disasters.