Talking about trauma

At the beginning of August, the counselors at Lamerhav gathered for two training sessions addressing two very important issues, trauma and post-trauma.

The first session was held at Lamerhav House in Hod Hasharon and included a lecture by Dr. Ronnie Simmons, a former chief psychologist at the Prime Minister’s Office and a specialist in short-term and focused treatment of adults, adolescents and children, with an emphasis on depression and post-traumatic stress.

The lecture dealt with various issues relating to trauma, including trauma in retrospect and identifying the characteristics and techniques for treating the difficulties arising from the traumatic event. Due to the complexity of the topic, the participants were given the chance to ask questions and discuss how to connect the sessions’ contents to their actual process of counselling.

The second session was also held at Lamerhav House and was hosted by Yaela Levavi, who holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and is a psychotherapist and certified in EDMR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). We spoke about post- trauma and focused on sexual abuse. We have learned about various work techniques, and especially the advantages of the EMDR method in working with young adults.

These days are a part of an annual training program designed for the counselors of the young adults, supplementing continuous training and support throughout the year. Lamerhav organization believes in professionalization, enrichment and focused learning in order to provide a tailored and appropriate response to all young adults.

It was fascinating!