Frequently Asked Questions


Training at The Family Institute - FAQ

The Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim is an advanced post-graduate family therapy training center for religious therapists, as well as a Community Mental Health agency serving the needs of the religious communities of greater Jerusalem.

The Family Institute offers several levels of training. Its most comprehensive program is the Internship Program leading to the Institute’s certificate of competence in Family Therapy. The Internship is a two-year training program with minimum 60 hours of individual supervision, 120 hours of group supervision, supervised live one way mirror experiences, and 350 hours of therapy with clients. A less intense Externship Program is also possible where one carries a lower caseload, but also receives weekly individual supervision, with an option of group supervision as well. Therapists in all programs receive weekly seminars on current issues in clinical practice.

In addition, there are opportunities for joining one of several special units. These include: Pinat HaYeled, Children’s Unit, Adolescent Unit, Sexual Abuse Unit, Trauma Unit, Couple’s Unit and Group Unit. These units receive 3-4 hours of group supervision a week and are generally open to more experienced practitioners.

The Family Institute is primarily a post-graduate training facility for individuals who have completed at least a Master’s level graduate degree in a mental health field, with a minimum of two years supervised clinical experience.

A university education is an absolute necessity for the development of a mental health professional. It is how one attains the essential knowledge base for practice. Nevertheless, most successful professionals go on to train in a post-graduate facility such as The Family Institute, because competence as a therapist requires advanced training with the support and guidance of excellent supervisors and an intense focus on the development of advanced clinical skills.

For the Internship program an average of 12 hours a week, and for the Externship program approximately 5-7 hours a week. Unit requirements vary but are generally approximately 6-7 hours a week.

Any supervision with a competent clinical supervisor is beneficial. The training programs at The Family Institute, however, offer more supervision for a far lower cost than private supervision. In addition, trainees receive weekly group and live supervision, and are able to enhance and develop their clinical skills and theoretical knowledge within a particularly supportive therapeutic environment. Excellent supervisors in a warm supportive atmosphere, professional development seminars, and important collegial networking bonds make training at The Family Institute an incomparable experience.

No! The Family Institute will provide you with cases and office space. We will manage intake, appropriate case assignments, as well as most other administrative services.

The Institute maintains several special treatment and training units. These units include specialized training to work with children, adolescents, trauma, couples, groups and survivors of sexual abuse.

Since training at The Family Institute is subsidized, it is particularly cost effective, especially given the abundance of individual and group supervision, professional seminars, etc.  The total cost for the Internship Program is only 14,000nis/year; the Externship Program is 11,500nis/year.

Individuals with an interest in furthering their clinical skills can call us and set up an appointment with Mrs. Deena Mendlowitz, M.S.W., the Institutes’ Clinical Director, and take the opportunity to discuss the best and most appropriate path for developing your highest level of professional excellence.

Feel free to call us at 02-654-4600. We look forward to hearing from you.