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  • Foreign: $ 18.5k / 1 year
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  • English

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    Gain hands-on experience in one of the world’s hubs for crisis and trauma research. The unique stresses of modern life, combined with natural disasters and geopolitical conditions, have led to the rapid growth of the field of crisis and trauma studies. There is a growing need for trained professionals with the knowledge and experience necessary to handle diverse situations. With Israel and Tel Aviv as a living laboratory for research and practice in the field, there is no better place than TAU to gain deeper knowledge and professional competence in this field alongside the world’s leading experts in crisis and trauma studies.

    This one-year program is designed to train students to plan and deliver services in a wide range of personal and communal crises, including public disasters created by war, natural disasters, and terrorism, as well as personal crises related to immigration, domestic violence, divorce, illness and bereavement.

    The Crisis and Trauma Program will equip its students with the knowledge and skills to act in two main capacities. The first is as first responders, for which they will learn to identify the immediate and long term needs, to carry out initial interventions, and to refer the persons to the appropriate services for further assistance. The other is as psychosocial disaster and crisis intervention managers, for which they will be taught to develop and implement intervention programs for the stricken groups and communities.

    Graduates of the program receive an M.A. degree in Social Work (not an MSW).

    Courses

    • The psychological toll of traumatic events: theoretical & conceptual aspects
    • Intervention & Trauma integrative workshop
    • Social policy aspects of coping with long term stress
    • Site Visits
    • Research Paradigms & Methods
    • Dealing with stressful & traumatic situations: basic intervention skills
    • Evaluation of Social Services
    • Theory & practice od social planning & social management
    • Group intervention in stressful situations
    • The impact of prolonged exposure to disasters on coping resiliency & general wellbeing
    • Domestic violence related stress: assessment & intervention
    • Theory & practice of advancing community based interventions for acute & long term crisis in under developed countries
    • Positive psychology interventions: theory & practice
    • Coping with life stressors: individual & family risk factors & resources
    • Innovative interventions in collective traumatic events: hands-on practice & academic knowledge
    • An integrative Scope of the Mind-Body: implications for Stress, Health and Well-Being
    • Integrating religion &  spirituality into psychotherapy

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    Requirements

    • Copy of bachelor’s degree diploma
    • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions you have attended
    • General GPA requirement of 80 on a scale of 100, 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, or C on the ECTS scale. These are approximate and candidates with other strengths are also encouraged to apply.
    • If your transcripts are not written in English, you will need to acquire a translated copy which will need to be notarized for authenticity.
    • Two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
    • Personal essay stating academic and career objectives: 300 -500 words presenting the candidate's purpose and interest in pursuing the MA program in Social Work specializing in Crisis and Trauma studies. Please also refer to the connection between the program and your academic and/or professional experience and aspirations.
    • Please note, that while the degree offered by the program is granted by the Bob Shapell School of Social Work, it is not an MSW degree.
    • Resume/CV
    • Your TOEFL or IELTS exam scores, if your native language is not English or your previous academic degree was not taught in English.
    • Minimum TOEFL requirements: 573 on the paper based test; 230 on the computer based test; and 89 on the internet based test. The University's Code is 7704.
    • Minimum IELTS requirements: Overall Band Score of 7.0.
    • $100 USD application fee, payable by credit card or bank transfer.
    • One passport sized photo
    • A Health Declaration form (to be filled out by the applicant) and a Medical Form (to be filled out by a licensed doctor). Both forms are not mandatory while an applicant's file is marked as 'Under Review,' but are highly suggested to be sent in as soon as possible.

    Scholarships

    • Merit-based scholarships
    • Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs scholarships
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