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Rachi Hain, BSW, Founder, Merkaz Panim Miriam Weiss, BSW MA, Merkaz Panim
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The growing number of people being treated for fertility related issues together with the lack of formal emotional services led to the creation of Merkaz Panim-an NPO providing emotional support to all those facing a fertility challenge. The lecture will focus on what a fertility challenge is, how it can effect the individual/couple in every area of their life, the intervention we have found most positive and the multidisciplinary philosophy of Merkaz Panim.
Rachi Hain received her BSW from Bar Ilan University and has worked in the field of fertity for twelve years. She established Merkaz Panim in February 2011 and the center has served close to 600 clients and continues to grow.
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3. A Professional Perspective on the Challenges of Adoption
pyMiriam Duskis, MA Art Thera , MA
This presentation will provide a brief overview of the normative psychological challenges in the adoptive life cycle and explore the role of racial and adoptive identity. It will describe attitudes, beliefs, and stereotypes associated with adoption in general and in the context of the Orthodox community.
Attitudes, Beliefs and Stereotypes Adoption language why it is important Unrealistic expectations and myths what are some of the adoption myths and how they are
harmful to adoptees.
The Adoptive Life Cycle
Identity and self worth How does identity form around the adoption? How does this impact self-worth?
Discussion of how loss of control may be a major life theme. Relationships and family The manifestation of split loyalty in friendships and family. The recognition of loss of
primary attachment. Learning and education Prevalence of learning disabilities in adoption. Awareness of how school may present
challenges to the adoptee. Loss and grief How does the adoptee experience loss? What are some common triggers? How does
this impact emotional regulation and anger management? Racial and cultural factors Finding a place within the community. Issues related to racial identity. Discussion of
some of the unique challenges relevant to the Orthodox community and adoption.
Miriam Duskis is an art therapist with a private practice in Jerusalem. She sees individual clients, facilitates workshops and support groups, and lectures on various topics. Miriam specializes in working with adoptees and their families.
4. Treating Addictions in Young Adults
This full day track will cover fundamental topics related to Addiction Treatment, and particularly to Substance Abuse Disorders in young people. Topics include how to assess Substance Abuse Disorders in youth, engaging young people in treatment, and a lecture on the basics of Addiction Treatment with Adolescents
Other topics will include utilizing Pharmacologically-assisted treatment for Addictions as well as the usefulness of conceptualizing Addictions as bad habits. At the close of the evening, a panel discussion will ensue about what are the new trends in treatment of young people with Addictions. Attendees are invited to attend one presentation or to remain for the entire day.
Rabbi Yosef Cornfeld, MSW has Semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, and MSW from the Wurzweiller School of Social Work, Yeshiva University. He has extensive experience in the Social welfare system in Israel, in addiction treatment, and with youth at risk. He is currently employed as a social worker for for youth at risk in two Yeshivot as part of the MATAN project of the Ministry of Social Welfare, and is assistant director of the Jerusalem Narrative Therapy Institute (JNTI). He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Ellen, who is also assistant director of JNTI.
Dr. Mike Gropper has held academic positions at Bar Ilan University School of Social Work, Haifa University School of Social Work, Downstate Medical Center Department of Family Medicine in Brooklyn, NY, and Mt. Sinai Medical Center Department of Community Medicine in New York. Dr. Gropper was a senior consultant to the director of the Jewish Board of Family and Childrens Services in NYC. and currently to Touro College Graduate School of Social Work. Besides a busy private practice in Jerusalem and Raanana, Dr. Gropper is a contributing psychology columnist for the Jerusalem Post.
Dr Dovid Schwartz is an experienced therapist (45 years) who for much of that time worked in both the Jewish world and non-Jewish world, specializing in addiction issues with individuals, couples and families. In todays Jewish world of substance abuse and addiction issues, there are a number of people of all ages, including adolescents and young adults who will not participate or join 12-step programs for a variety of reasons. This will be discussion to deal with how to effectively work with these people using different approaches that might or might not, include some 12-step thinking.
Rabbi Avi Tenenbaum CAC MA CASAC grad. is a board-certified addiction professional with experience as a street worker, clinician, & group facilitator. He is also the founder of the new Addiction Professional organization, JNARS. In Avis presentations and clinical work, fidelity is kept to current research & evidence-based practices in the addictions field.
5. Challenges and Strategies for Treating Postpartum Depression in the Haredi Community
, Rena Bina, PhD
Treatment utilization is an issue of concern when dealing with women with postpartum depression (PPD). The Haredi community is known for its utmost under-utilization of mental health services, on the one hand, and for its strong informal communal support, on the other. This lecture will present the only research study done do date on PPD help utilization in the Haredi Israeli community. The focus will be on barriers to mental health treatment use in the postpartum period and ways to overcome them in the context of the Haredi community. In addition, the presentation will address the main results of the study, focusing on types of help utilized by women with PPD, predictors of treatment use, and the role of informal support in the reduction of longitudinal PPD symptoms.
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7. The Experience of Singles in Our Community and How We Can Help. Phenomenal Individuals, Not Just a Cultural Phenomenon
Talya Roth, MA, Ariel Penkower, PsyD MA PsyD
In recent years, we have seen a rise in the numbers of men and women who remain unmarried for far longer than they would like. This session will explore the experience of such individuals from multiple perspectives, including a discussion of psychological/emotional issues that can be worked through in therapy. We will give insight into how these individuals experience life within their own larger Jewish contexts, be they in Modern Orthodox communities in the US, or in the Dati Leumi communities in Israel. Finally, from the clinic, a case study will be brought as an example of how therapy can help an individual reach a place of personal fulfillment and healthy relationships.
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Talya Roth, a licensed Psychologist with an MA from Bar Ilan University specializes in helping singles who feel stuck in the dating process get to a healthier place within themselves and in their relationships. In addition, she works with adult survivors of child sexual abuse, domestic violence, individuals coping with illness and loss, and empowering women with low self esteem or depression. She has a private practice in Katamon, Jerusalem.
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This presentation describes the author's experience leading a group that utilized cognitive- behavioral therapy to help patients manage feelings of anger, anxiety and depression at the University of Maryland Hospital Outpatient Clinic. CBT theory and technique is reviewed with special attention paid to its adaptation in a group setting, as well as to elements of the group which contributed to it's twelve- year success. The author's experience training psychiatry residents and psychology students in group work and CBT as they co-led the group with him is also discussed.
I. CBT theory A. Life experience results in core beliefs that we are: 1. lovable or unlovable
2. valuable or worthless 3. adequate or inadequate
B. Core beliefs form the background against which we evaluate events in our lives and our role in them
C. Core beliefs color our perceptions of events and result in automatic, sometimes irrational thoughts
D. Irrational thoughts may result in negative moods and unproductive behavioral responses to events
E. Challenging irrational thoughts produces change in mood and improved response to future events
II. Group Process A. Motivation to change angry, anxious or depressed moods B. Mutual caring and rules to ensure support and safety C. Balance between teaching, sharing and processing D. One- hour sessions ending with relaxation techniques III. Application of cognitive behavioral theory to mood management group A. Members discern between
1. Mood- A feeling, often sensed physically and a 2. Thought- often experienced as a "headline" broadcast through the mind
B. Members identify mood associated with event and relate it to the automatic thought that preceded it
C. Members discern between 1. Thought preceding mood- "I am bad mother" (thought) results in depression (mood). 2. Thought following mood- anger (mood) results in "He should be punished (thought).
D. Members relate events to cognitive distortions inherent in their automatic thoughts E. Members relate these distortions to core beliefs arising from earlier experiences F. Members challenge their automatic thoughts to decrease angry, anxious and depressed
moods G. Repeated challenging of automatic thoughts ultimately changes core beliefs. IV. Co-leadership with psychiatry residents and psychology students increased their CBT and group skills
Avraham Reich has been employed as a licensed social worker since receiving his MSW in 1988. He trained in adult, adolescent and child psychotherapy at the Baltimore -Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. The CBT mood management group described in this paper formed the cornerstone of his twenty- year career as psychotherapist at the University of Maryland Hospital Outpatient Clinic and in private practice . Mr. Reich moved to Israel in April, 2013 and resides in Shaarei Chesed. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 054-8766971)
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12. Infidelity in the Religious Community: Understanding and Reconstructing :
MSc., PT, Talli Y. Rosenbaum, DSWDavid S. Ribner, DSW . MSc., PT
While no valid statistics currently exist, there is a distinct sense within the religious community that incidences of infidelity are on the rise. Secular sexual health professionals generally recognize monogamy as a legitimate marital expectation and moral value, while acknowledging the challenges involved in maintaining this value. As a consequence, new paradigms that define, negotiate and deal with monogamy and infidelity have recently been introduced.
This workshop is designed to help clinicians address the topic of infidelity and help couples where one or both partners is suspected of, is contemplating or has admitted to an extra-marital affair. We emphasize at the outset that we will not be looking at halachic issues (weighty as they may be), rather our focus will be on tools to help therapists define, understand and treat this phenomenon. Our central theme will be the potential for rebuilding a marriage that is in danger of or already has been challenged by infidelity and the use of this crisis to create a stronger relationship.
Our workshop will consist of three parts:
In this complex age of communication options and social media, we will look at various definitions of infidelity (professional and popular), which may include relationships with no physical contact.
The dynamics of infidelity are complex and we will familiarize participants with theoretical models to enhance their understanding of this social construct.
We will explore new models of intervention which have appeared in the professional literature and in other forums in recent years.
This workshop deals with a highly sensitive topic and thus is suitable for marital therapists with extensive experience and comfort with sexual material.
David S. Ribner DSW, the founder and chairman of the Sex Therapy Training Program, Bar-Ilan University, is certified as a sex therapist and supervisor. He is the co-author of Et Leehov: The Newlyweds Guide to Physical Intimacy, is in private practice as a sex and marital therapist in Jerusalem, has authored some 40 articles and book chapters and writes and lectures extensively on cultural sensitivity and sexuality. He is an Associate Editor and Book Review Editor of the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy.
Talli Rosenbaum is a certified sex therapist as well as an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of unconsummated marriage and sexual pain in women. Mrs. Rosenbaum serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Sexual Medicine. She maintains a private practice and lectures in the Tel Aviv University Medical School Sexuality program, the Bar-Ilan University Program in Sex Therapy, Machon YNR and Machon Puah.
13. How Many Megapixels Is Your Imagination? stress in the Trigger Moment-Learning to De
Jackie Devora Schiff, PsyD , 'PsyD
Often the key to sustained loving relationships, within the self and others, lies in the crossroad between trigger and response. In this moment, and its surge of feelings and vulnerability patients can act impulsively. This workshop teaches stand-alone, easily accessible, micro techniques to help clients retrain the mind and rebalance in such moments of emotional imbalance. These techniques are practiced for a few minutes each day. This process is based on the work of Gerald Epstein, M.D. at the American Institute of Mental Imagery in New York.
The aim of this presentation is to offer participants 3 simple techniques to understand how bringing awareness to moments, the millimoments in a clients day, can improve their lives as a whole. Paying attention to thoughts and feelings, in specific ways during a trigger reaction, offer an opportunity for change where healing can take place. Three simple and powerful techniques to increase awareness are to be delineated. These techniques include: (1) a stopping technique; (2) the grammar of the self which address thoughts; and, (3) simple breath work to engage the parasympathetic nervous system and lower reactivity. With practice, clients can begin to trust in themselves and envision new ways to get out of old habits. These 3 stand alone interventions can be incorporated into almost any school of treatment.
In the second half of the workshop, participants will be exposed to the process of Healing Visualizations. Healing Visualizations take only minutes and are both diagnostic and healing. Tapping into inner vision can release doubt and anxiety. Simultaneously, the power of imagination reawakens the inner space of calm, strength and freedom. [Participants will develop an appreciation for how healing images can be incorporated into individual and group settings. To implement in treatment further training is necessary.]
Dr Jackie Devora Schiff, Clinical Psychologist Licensed in NY and CT, U.S.A. and Consultant Psychologist, London, UK teaches simple, practical tools for improving resiliency and quality of daily life. Integrating the timeless wisdom of Torah, phenomenology and healing imagery people learn to tap into inner knowledge opening doors to creativity, confidence and healing. Jackie lectures are enjoyed in the USA and UK.
14. Effective and Efficient Therapeutic Techniques in Dealing with Trauma
Sanford Landa, DCSW, CASAC, MPH , DCSW, CASAC, MPH
This workshop will offer four alternative approaches to treating trauma. These approaches offer individuals new ways of approaching and resolving trauma without focusing on the past or needing to relive the trauma over and over again.
Most approaches to treating trauma are based on traditional pathology-based views and methods. These methods focus on the damage that was done and the long road to recovery which relives and reviews the damages that individuals faced. These traditional approaches often take years and the danger of secondary and tertiary trauma are clearly evident.
The four approaches include: 1. Validate/value and include all aspects of the person 2. Connect the traumatized person to a future of possibilities 3. Change the pattern of post traumatic problem 4. Reconnect the person in places where he and she has been disconnected (from self,
others, the world of meaning
I. Myths and misconception about trauma and treatment II. Inclusive Therapy: Reclaiming devalued expertise III. Future Pull: Did you know the future can cause the present? IV. Changing Patterns that were shared by the trauma
Reconnecting Challenging disassociation and disconnection, in the wake of trauma
V. Post Traumatic success thriving through crisis
Sanford Landa, DSCW,MPA,CASAC,CPP, earned an MSW from Columbia University and holds a Masters Degree in Public Health Administration from New York University. He is a Substance Abuse Specialist as well as a Prevention Specialist. Previous to making Aliya, he had over 30 years experience in individual, marital and family therapy. Currently he is the Clinical Director at the Jerusalem Sober House, teaches at Y.N.R English, a therapist at the Emunah Rachel Clinics in Bet Shemesh and Modiin, in private practice working with individuals, couples and families, and provides supervision to therapists.
15. Working with Over-reactivity in the Treatment of Couple as a Function of Trauma
Mimi Dickman, MEd, MS MEd, MS
When overreactivity prevents partners from hearing and listening to one another, what may eventuate in a couple relationship is an endless trail of unfinished arguments, with a lifetime of resentment and anger. This mini-workshop attempts to show interventions, which discharge emotional buildup, while helping partners to stay relaxed and open to the process of hearing one another, without anger or judgment. I will relate both to the development of trauma within the biological system of each individual, as well as the cumulative effects of either hyperarousal or shutdown on the part of individuals within a couple relationship. There will be a short movie on the animal model of trauma, a lecture and demonstration of sustaining presence for the audience, and a demonstration of combining these factors within the couple treatment process.
Mimi Dickman is a psychologist, trauma trainer and specialist, and Imago Presenter and lecturer. Her background is as a child and family specialist. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Literature from Hebrew University, 1971, an M.Ed. in the Psychology and Philosophy of Education, from Boston University, and an M.S. in Psychology from City University, 1983 where she was elected into the National Honor Society for Education in the U.S . Mimi trained both in the school system of N.Y., as an educational psychologist, as well as the clinics of N.Y., where she trained and practiced as a staff psychologist before making aliyah in 1986. Presently, Mimi works privately and specializes in Couple Work and supervision and treatment of both developmental and shock trauma. She also writes on topics of Psychology and Judaism and gives couple workshops with her husband, for developing and enhancing marital partnership.
16. Psychiatric Rehabilitation in the Community
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People and their families with chronic major mental health difficulties may have long term or even life long adaptation struggles. Efforts have been made to enable them to remain within the religious community. and religious issues will be addressed . This full day track consists of a series of interrelated presentations and a panel discussion. Attendees are invited to attend one presentation or to remain for the entire day. The track will be in Hebrew but the final presentation about people coming from abroad seeking psychiatric rehabilitation services in Israel will be delivered in English.
Topics include facts about the basket of rehabilitation services (sal shikum) provided by the Israeli government, sheltered housing, sheltered employment, psychiatric rehabilitation yeshiva and day hospitalization. There will be presentations about reluctance of the religious community to utilize these services, family communication difficulties and matchmaking (shidduchim). In addition, a panel discussion is planned about resistance swithin the community about using the services and about marriage and matchmaking.
This track is dedicated to all the people struggling with chronic mental health problems that affect daily life functioning. A salute goes to their families, agencies and clinics, community activists (askanim), agencies, community volunteers and mental health professionals of many disciplines who attempt to help them and these challenged individuals and never give up hope. May they all be shlichim ne'emanim (faithful messengers).
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17 . Narcissism in Jewish Life
Mark Banschick, MD Nachum Klafter, MD Phyllis Strauss, PhD
Narcissists tend to be inviting personalities, yet can be self-serving and destructive. This workshop will help clarify how narcissism can impact Jewish family life and other institutions. There will be time for audience participation.
Educational Objectives 1. Participants will understand the difference between Narcissistic Personality Disorder
(NPD) as described in the DSM V and destructive narcissistic traits that can be commonly found among patients and elsewhere.
2. Participants will learn about the negative impact of parental narcissism on childhood & adult development. In addition, family issues affected by narcissism such as divorce and marital strife will be addressed as well. Proper identification and treatment options will be discussed.
3. Participants will be introduced to how narcissism can impact leadership, particularly in ways that promote pathology. (For instance, the notion that child abuse cant happen in our community, or a leader who takes advantage of his or her position for personal gain.) Participants will hear of suggestions of how to improve institutional culture that can help minimize these problems.
Mark Banschick, MD Dr. Banschick, a member of Nefesh for many years, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in full time private practice in Katonah, New York. He holds a medical degree from Tel Aviv University and trained at Georgetown University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell. He is the author of The Intelligent Divorce book series and webinars. His online parenting course for divorcing
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Dr. Nachum Klafter, MD., is Director of Psychotherapy Training at the University of Cincinnati Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Dr. Klafter received his M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his specialty training in psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Klafter maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, general psychiatry, and psychotherapy supervision. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and four daughters.
Phyllis Strauss, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist, EMDR Consultant and Certified Hypnotherapist. Specializing in treatment of trauma -- circumstantial, developmental, and relational -- in adults and children, separately and together. Advanced Training in Theraplay since 2001. Director of Clinical Services for the Ministry of Health in Kiryat Arba and in Private Practice in Jerusalem and Efrat.
18. Understanding Risky Behavior in Teenagers
PhD Shulamis Pollak, PhD
This session will focus on working with teens and the functions that various risky behaviors serve for them. We will look at a number of in-depth case studies and explore the etiology of the risky behavior, how it progressed during treatment and the outcomes of the treatment
Dr. Shulamis Pollak is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in adolescents. She served as the Director of Guidance at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, Texas & at Maayanot Yeshiva High School, in Teaneck, NJ, before making Aliyah a year and a half ago. In the summers, she is the psychologist at Camp HASC, an overnight camp for people with special needs, in Upstate NY. Shulamis currently works for the Sheirut Hapsichologia of Jerusalem and has a private practice in Beit Shemesh.
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Visual Impediments to Learning (VIL) are rarely detected in common vision screenings. For children suspected of reading and learning problems, including problems of attention, hyper-activity, and emotional stress, addressing visual performance and efficiency first is essential to maximizing therapeutic ends through more traditional methods of remediation. People affected by vision difficulties will often not report the problem.
Vision is pervasive in human consciousness. The appearance of dyslexia and other classroom behavior concerns related to vision are significant. Schools will ensure there are psychological and medical assessments and will even advocate for the use of drugs to calm children, but appropriate vision skills are rarely assessed as a first thought. Children and families go on to experience great inconvenience, cost, and even physical and emotional hardship while specialists look for other causes. It is perhaps not surprising, for example, that a child with a condition such as farsightedness, or poor focusing skills, or poor convergence will be unlikely to reach their learning potential. They may even have 6/6 (20/20) vision, and pass a school vision screening but will find it hard to concentrate on schoolwork at a close distance and will appear to be ill or distracted.
It is crucial that mental healthcare professionals understand more about vision skills and how vision can actually interfere with a persons ability to reach their learning potential. Being trained to screen for visual efficiency problems that might be masquerading as, or worsening other neurological/emotional conditions for both child and adult populations would be a valuable addition to their professional skills.
This workshop will furnish the attendees with an understanding of the visual demands of reading, writing, copying and sustained attention. Participants will also learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of, and how to screen for Visual Impediments for Learning using well established and researched methods.
Robert Lederman is a leader in the field of Developmental Optometry. He was Israel's first board-certified Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (www.covd.org), is a clinical associate of the Optometric Extension Program(www.oep.org) and is on the Professional Advisory Group of the Kabuki Syndrome Network (http://www.kabukisyndrome.com/professional.html) He has lectured extensively over the last 20 years. Most recently he lectured at the International Conference on Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Modifiability, in Jerusalem.
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Working memory (WM) is the search engine of the mind. It is essential for translating
thoughts into purposeful action. This presentation will explain what WM is and what
happens when it is impaired. We will examine the role of WM in disorders such as ADHD,
learning disabilities and language impairment. Finally, we will discuss some research-
based interventions for improving WM and coping with WM deficits.
What is working memory (WM)? What do we need WM for?
allows us to keep info on line to use/manipulate it maintains and updates info
WM deficits in adults Causes: Stroke, TBI, Disease (Parkinsons, Alzheimers early stages) WM deficits in children ADHD Dysexecutive Syndrome Concussion TBI Chemo Brain Can WM capacity be increased/strengthened? Exercise Significant social contacts Puzzles/Games crossword, Sudoku, Scrabble Can WM deficits be improved? Cogmed
Dr. Sandi Isaacson is a neuropsychologist specializing in the assessment of learning, attention, memory and executive functioning problems in children and adolescents. Dr. Isaacson received her doctorate from Michigan State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at the Menninger Clinic. She received postdoctoral training in Neuropsychology from the Fielding Institute and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology
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25. Coming Out of Hiding: The Voices of Survivors of Sexual Abuse :
Rachel Ackerman MSW, Joan B. Kristall MSW LCSW-C, Deena Mendelowitz, MSW , MSW MSW 'C-MSW, LCSW
I experienced pain in silence. I did everything to keep the secret. Id put my hand in my mouth, lock it in a safe. Therapy was the first place I told. --Rae, a survivor of sexual abuse Silence and isolation breeds shame and hopelessness in the hearts of survivors of sexual abuse. The insidious destructive effect of sexual abuse lives in the souls of the victims long after the traumatic events occurred. Holding on to a secret can erode and tarnish the precious neshama of a Jewish life. Shining the light on the darkness of destruction can renew a sense of hope and optimism. In the safe, trusting and nurturing environment that is created in a therapy group, designed for survivors of sexual abuse, women can begin to build and mend the intense damage that was perpetrated upon them.
A. Detailed Outline of major ideas, themes and aims of the presentation. 1. Listen, Believe and Respond: To be able to understand the depth of the betrayal of sexual abuse and how families and communities have, historically, responded. 2. To focus on the long term effects of sexual abuse.
a. Many survivors look no different than you and I. They are community leaders, good neighbors, law abiding citizens and individuals of sterling character. What is important to understand, inside there is a long standing pain, mistrust, fear, smallness, lack of self-worth/self-hatred/self-blame, anger, disconnection with bodies; fear of intimacy; lack of spiritual connection. b. Some numb their pain with drugs, food, self-injurious behavior, eating disorders, dissociation and suicidal thoughts. c. The difficulty is to make sense of ones own behavior. Are they crazy or merely reacting to a crazy situation?
3. The Power of Validation: Believing the victim and supporting their truth generates recovery faster. The need for communities to convey, You Are Not Alone! 4. The Sub-Group of Incest Survivors: To understand how the betrayal of a family
member who perpetrates his/her own child or sister can create a secondary trauma that effects the core of ones being and identity. a. To fully comprehend the continuing damage that occurs when
families/communities isolate, marginalize and cut-off contact with the victim, thus, blaming and shaming the abused.
5. The Healing and Empowering Benefits of a Therapy Group: a. To not feel alone. b. To hear the voices of others in order to gain strength. c. To have a forum to tell ones narrative and to be able to bear witness to the
story of others. d. To share our experience with co-facilitating a year and a half therapy group for female survivors of incest. What we learned and the healing effects that were experienced. 6. To hear the testimony of a survivor and to view a video clip depicting the healthy response of one Jewish community. 7. To offer questions & answers.
Rachel Ackerman: A clinical social worker with 20 years of experience. As a family therapist, she trained at The Ackerman Institute for the Family. Rachel is the Clinical Coordinator of the Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim where she has supervised the Domestic Violence unit, and currently runs supervision groups for therapists. In addition to co-facilitating a female survivors in recovery group with Joan Kristall, Rachel teaches couples therapy at the Family Institute, and maintains a private practice.
Joan Kristall: A clinical social worker, with over 30 years of experience, and, an expertise in trauma, Joan has led and supervised healing groups for men and women survivors in the states, as well as, in Israel. In addition to co-facilitating a female survivors in recovery group with Rachel Ackerman, she leads the certificate program for Group Therapy Training at the Family Institute, teaches at the Center for Foreign Studies, provides clinical supervision and maintains a private practice in Jerusalem and Efrat.
earned an M.S.W. at Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She worked in a Deena Mendlowitzd postgraduate wide range of social service agencies prior to making Aliya and complete
training in Family Therapy at the Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim. In addition to being the Educational Coordinator at the Family Institute, Mrs. Mendlowitz maintains a private practice in the Beit Shemesh area.