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Trauma & Resilience: Theory & Practice from the Israeli Experience


  • Study the latest theories and research in the field of trauma.
  • Understand trauma and resilience within an Israeli context.
  • Discover approaches for clinical interventions and community preparedness.
  • Hear from top experts in the field on local programs.
  • Learn via site visits, experiential teaching, and lectures.

This program provides you with a broad picture of the latest developments in the trauma field, contextualized by the Israeli experience. Together, we will focus on the consequences of and coping with psychological trauma; theoretical concepts and applications of resilience; community preparedness for terrorism and disaster; developmental and gender aspects of children and trauma; and clinical interventions.

Through this intensive program that includes field study and site visits, you’ll learn about topics like the consequences of trauma and the risks of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You’ll also learn about healthy coping processes and guiding principles for clinical programs treating post-traumatic disorders.


The Trauma and Resilience: Theory and Practice from the Israeli Experience course is an intensive two-week course at Rothberg International School.

An optional third week is available to clinicians at the Metiv Center. The optional third week of clinical training in cognitive behavioral therapy for post-traumatic disorders will be conducted for clinicians who are interested in adapting their clinical skills to the trauma field. This week takes place at the Metiv Center. For more details on the academic aspects of this training, visit the Metiv Center for the Treatment of Psych Trauma. Please also note that tuition for clinical training is paid directly to the center.

Students who wish to receive academic credit and transcripts after successfully completing the Clinical Training at Metiv may do so by submitting an online application through the Rothberg International School website.

Course Components 

  • Field visit to a city-wide intervention program for strengthening resilience in the civilian population in the wake of war
  • Guest lectures on resilience-building programs that have been implemented in Israel
  • Meetings with leading scientists and practitioners in the field
  • Class readings and discussions

View the syllabus.


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You’ll be invited to participate in a wide array of trips, tours, and activities offered by the Office of Student Life. From a tour of the Old City to a trip to the Dead Sea to checking out the local festivals, you’ll build your own unique impressions and memories of Jerusalem and Israel. While residing in HebrewU dormitories with other international and Israeli students, you’ll have a chance to form new friendships and get involved in campus life. A team of multilingual Israeli students, called madrichim, is also there to help you adjust to your new surroundings and give you tips on things to do. Learn more about student life at HebrewU.

Arrive for:

  • Two-week course: June 29, 2023
  • Clinical Training: July 16 at Metiv Center for the first day of training.

Program length:

  •  Two weeks for the two-week Trauma and Resilience: Theory and Practice from the Israeli Experience course.
  • Three weeks for the two-week course in addition to Clinical Training.
  • One week for Clinical Training only.

Please note:

  • Metiv Center is about 40 minutes away from the Student Village by public transportation.
  • Housing is not available for students who register for Clinical Training only.
  • Limited housing spots are available.


  • Two-Week Theory Course: US$ 1,940
  • Optional Clinical Training:US$ 500 paid directly to Metiv Center.
  • To receive academic credit for Clinical Training through Rothberg once training is complete: US$240.


  • Two-Week Course: US$ 450
  • Housing for Two-Week Course and Clinical Training: US$ 660
  • Housing is not available for students who register for Clinical Training only.
  • Limited housing spots are available.

Learn more about fees, cost of living, and paying for the program.


A limited number of scholarships through Metiv Center may be available.

Eligible students for this course must have a background as an advanced student or a professional in clinical or educational psychology, neuropsychology, social work, psychiatry, counseling, nursing, medicine, or law and public health. Civil servants and clergy are also eligible to apply. Please note that only clinicians are eligible for the optional third week of training.


We’re pleased you’re applying to join us in Jerusalem. Applicants for the Trauma program will need a resume and motivation essay in addition to the regular application materials. See our application guidelines or apply online now.

Please note:

  • Due to the intensive nature of this program, it cannot be taken together with other courses and programs from the June and July sessions.
  • Registration for the two-week course only or the two-week course along with the Clinical Training is through Rothberg International School. Start your application here.
  • Students who wish to register for the optional Clinical Training week only without the two-week course must register through Metiv Center. After completing the Clinical Training week, if a student wishes to receive academic credit and transcripts for the training, an application to Rothberg must be submitted. Select “Special Programs” and then “Trauma and Resilience: Clinical Training” on the online application.
  • Please see here for more information about visas. 


We’re happy to answer any questions you might have – or to chat for a bit to help you choose the right course or program.

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Fast Facts


Trauma and Resilience (48530 & 48531)

Teaching Faculty:

Dr. Danny Brom

Language of Instruction:


Credits/Hours for Two-Week Theory Course:

Academic hours: 64
Credits: 4

Credits/Hours for Optional Third Week:

Academic hours: 40
Credits: 2

Course Dates: 

Two-Week Course: June 29 – July 13, 2023

Clinical Training: July 16-20, 2023


Professionals and advanced students in approved fields (see below)

Application Deadline:

April 15, 2023


Application Fee: US $120


  • Two-week course:  US$ 1,940
  • Optional Clinical Training: US$ 500 – paid directly to Metiv Center. 
  • Academic Credit for Clinical Training: US$ 240 (Optional; through Rothberg).


Two-Week Theory Course: US$ 450

Two-Week Course and Clinical Training: US$ 660

Housing is not available for Clinical Training only

* Limited housing spots are available

Relevant Academic Fields:

Psychology, sociology, trauma, public health 

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