The academic training program for mentors

‘Safe Transition’ is an academic training program in collaboration with the Ruppin Academic Center, whose objective is to train dedicated and unique professional personnel to provide guidance and support to young adults as they transition to adult life.

Background

The ‘Safe Transition’ program for training counselors for young adults is the product of many years of experience in working with young adults lacking a family support network. Lamerhav’s goal is to impart the vast knowledge accumulated, to expose professionals and the general public to a fascinating field, and to lead and influence in the field of young adults lacking a family support network. Lamerhav created, in collaboration with the Ruppin Academic Center, a program designed to train dedicated and unique professional personnel to provide guidance and support to young adults as they transition to adult life.

In this program, students will learn about various issues relating to the situation of young adults at-risk in Israel, as well as the theoretical and practical knowledge that has developed on the subject. They will learn the relevant theories (regarding maturity in formation, identity formation, personal resilience, etc.), and acquire the skills required for working today with young adults from different sectors and cultures, and in various ‘life spheres’ in adult life. The program will introduce the services developed in Israel and around the world, and will focus specifically on developing the professional identity of the employee, who mentors the young adults towards their advancement and integration into the adult world.

As part of the program, the students will examine and formulate their outlooks and perceptions regarding the issue of ‘young adults in transition’, adopt broader narratives about themselves and about the young adults they mentor, be aware of and sensitive to their situation, be able to meet the needs of young adults with special needs stemming from personal, gender, cultural, religious or social context. The students will then be able to crystalize the essence of their role as significant mentors to young adults transitioning into adulthood and independent life.

About the Program

The training program includes three intertwined components:

  1. Introduction to the socio-cultural and employment world of young adults in the 21st century.
  2. Introduction to the services and solutions currently available in Israel and around the world, designed to provide support and assistance to young adults in transition.
  3. Introduction to the theoretical and practical knowledge, and the work skills required for mentoring young adults. The training develops the counselor’s professional identity.

The contents will relate to young adults and their ways of conducting themselves in all areas of life: intrapersonal, interpersonal, choosing a profession, academic fields and more. Emphasis will be placed on the unique differences that are characteristic of young adults lacking a family support network and the resulting contents, such as behaviors resulting from trauma. The knowledge will include philosophical and cultural aspects and different mentoring approaches.

The training will be conducted using class lectures and discussions from a multidisciplinary perspective, while watching films and reading background materials, learning from colleagues and meeting key people in the community, as well as raising issues and dilemmas from experience gained in meetings with the young adults. Practical experience will include training and guidance provided by field people (from young adults’ organizations).

The first round of the program opened on 12.3.20 at the Ruppin Academic Center.