Specialized Units

The Units program offers advanced therapists the opportunity to specialize in working with specific client populations. Each unit has a 2 year commitment.

Trauma Unit

Coordinated by Stacey Leibowtz-Levy, Ph.D.

Group Supervision = 3 hours

Client Contact = 5 hours

Master’s degree or equivalent in a mental health field

2 years of supervised clinical experience

Ability to offer psychological services in Hebrew

Adherence to cultural and religious sensitivities

Completion of application process

The Trauma Unit offers a transformative, applied learning experience which will integrate the acquisition of new knowledge and skills in the trauma field and provide you with the self-development and training required to develop into a professional trauma therapist. You will be working with survivors of trauma where the nature of the traumatic experience or the response to trauma is characterized by complexity.

Supervision will be used to discuss cases and integrate knowledge and skills specific to the trauma field in formulating and implementing a treatment plan. Development of knowledge and skills will be facilitated using a range of modalities including articles and experiential exercises and may include other learning methods such as videos and live demonstrations.

Q and A with the
Unit Supervisor

Meet the Supervisor

Stacey Leibowitz-Levy, Ph.D.

Dr. Stacey Leibowitz-Levy is an experienced psychologist with wide ranging skills and expertise in the areas of trauma, anxiety, stress, and adjustment issues in adults and children. She has extensive experience in the training and supervision of mental health professionals in trauma work. Stacey was a board member of the South African Institute of Traumatic Stress Studies (SAITS) and has run self-care and supervision groups for trauma practitioners working with war veterans, refugees and torture survivors. She participated as an expert panel member in the development of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) intervention model for torture survivors. She worked as an academic at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) for twelve years and has publications in in the trauma field. Stacey recently made Aliyah with her family to Ramat Beit Shemesh.

What does working with this population mean? Who usually comes and what are the overall presenting problems?

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Yount Adult Unit

Coordinated by Aviva Zahavi-Asa, M.S.W.

Time Commitment Per Week: Education = 1 hour

Group Supervision = 3 hours

Client Contact = 5 hours

Supplemental Course = 2 hours for first 8 weeks

Master’s degree or equivalent in a mental health field

2 years of supervised clinical experience

Ability to offer psychological services in Hebrew

Adherence to cultural and religious sensitivities

Completion of application process

The Young Adult Unit specializes in the treatment of young adults, young couples and their families. 

Pinat HaYeled - Children's Unit

Coordinated by Bracha Coopersmith, M.S.

Time Commitment Per Week: Education = 2 hours

Group Supervision = 2 hours

Client Contact = 5 hours

Master’s degree or equivalent in a mental health field

2 years of supervised clinical experience

Ability to offer psychological services in Hebrew

Adherence to cultural and religious sensitivities

Completion of application process

“Pinat Hayeled” specializes in the treatment of children and their families. The comprehensive training covers all components of treatment, from a thorough clinical assessment, comprehensive treatment planning and the teaching of different modalities which include; play therapy, child-parent psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral techniques and family therapy. There is a focus on the treatment of attachment disorders, trauma, anxiety and children with attention and behavioral problems.

The training offers didactic course work and live one-way mirror observations. We aim to build the knowledge and skill set necessary to become a confident and experienced children’s therapist, in a supportive and empowering environment.

Sexual Abuse Unit

Coordinated by Barbara Reicher, M.S.W.

Time Commitment Per Week: Group Supervision = 2.5 hours

Client Contact = 5 hours

Master’s degree or equivalent in a mental health field

4 years of supervised clinical experience

Ability to offer psychological services in Hebrew

Adherence to cultural and religious sensitivities

Completion of application process

The Sexual Abuse Unit is a unique unit for seasoned therapists who have clinical mileage with clients from different age groups. Dealing with sexual abuse is a challenging pursuit as the therapist must understand the dynamics of secrecy, time being accelerated and stopped at one and the same time, loss of physical control and a wounded sense of agency, among other factors that can come into play.

The unit will provide ongoing supervision which will deal with understanding the individual client’s situation and therapeutic need. A didactic piece will present relevant tools and techniques as well as state of the art interventions. The work in this unit is comprehensive and holistic and, therefore, there will be room for each therapist to bring him/herself through any countertransferential responses which may come up.