Donate to Metiv: The Israel Psychotrauma Center

Vision
Metiv, from the Hebrew word ‘to improve,’ promotes a society that gives voice to psychological trauma, cares for those who have suffered from it and commits to empowering those affected by trauma.

What we do
Metiv provides clinical and other interventions that heal and empower those...

Vision
Metiv, from the Hebrew word ‘to improve,’ promotes a society that gives voice to psychological trauma, cares for those who have suffered from it and commits to empowering those affected by trauma.

What we do
Metiv provides clinical and other interventions that heal and empower those exposed to traumatic life experiences. Our caring and humane interventions services communities and individuals before, during and after trauma.

Metiv’s world renowned innovative research includes peer-reviewed scholarly articles, journalistic articles and books for both academic and lay audiences.

Metiv training has created a network of over 2,000 professionals, with an emphasis on underserved populations, ready to help trauma victims overcome their painful experiences.

Programs

Clinic: Through integrated treatment and recovery programs, Metiv helps survivors process their traumatic experiences, strengthens their coping mechanisms, enables them to resume daily functioning, and improves their general quality of life.

Peace of Mind (POM): Every year, thousands of released Israeli combat soldiers face the difficult transition back into civilian life after three years of dangerous and high pressured service. Facilitated by top Metiv therapists, the nine-month POM intervention provides the time and space for these former soldiers to process their combat experiences in a supportive environment, including a week spent hosted in a Jewish community abroad. These former soldiers emerge from the program healthier emotionally and mentally, ready to take on the challenges of the next phase of civilian life.

PTSD Clinic for Demobilized veterans: In cooperation with the Defense Ministry Metiv initiated an innovative 10-month day treatment program for combat veterans with chronic PTSD who proved resistant to prior treatment, allowing their rehabilitation from dysfunction into healthy living.

Bear & Namal Intervention: Incorporating the latest development in the field of building resilience including mindfulness techniques, cognitive behavioral strategies and narrative interventions, BEAR intervention Builds Emotional and Affect Regulation for children aged 2-12 in small groups of 6-8 children.

Trauma & Resilience Course: This three-week international summer program provides participants with a broad picture of trauma theory and practice from the Israeli experience. The course includes theoretical lectures, experiential teaching and site visits.

Cognitive Behavioral Trauma Therapy (CBT) Course: Metiv’s two year CBT course, designed for mental health professionals including social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, art therapists, occupational therapists, and school counselors who work with traumatized people, provide the theoretical framework and clinical skills necessary to employ CBT therapy, the leading evidence based treatment method.

Ethiopian Community: Metiv developed a culturally sensitive treatment and resilience approach for members of Israel’s Ethiopian community who have experienced trauma. We have applied and are now teaching dozens of therapists in these methods.

A history of healing

Israel’s painful history has made its people, especially children, youth and immigrants, particularly vulnerable to the multiple dimensions of psychological trauma. Founded in 1989 by Dr. Danny Brom, Metiv has since become a world-renowned innovator in the research and treatment of trauma. Despite the cycles of violence in Israeli history, the common response from fellow mental health professionals when Dr. Brom began working in Israel was “but we don’t see trauma here.” Thanks in part to the work of Metiv, there is a burgeoning awareness in Israel of the communal and personal effect of trauma. Metiv has since become the first address for trauma-related services, both in the form of individual counseling and group interventions after crises, in addition to therapeutic programming.

Metiv’s National School Resilience Project, in coordination with the Israel Ministry of Education, provided resilience-building training for over 5,000 educators and developed a protocol, screening tools, and treatment programs for nearly 50,000 children.

Metiv has also developed a reputation for responding to both natural and man-made disasters worldwide, training first responders and mental health professionals in Turkey, Haiti, Chechnya, Mississippi, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Nepal, and post-9/11 New York City.

From working with the Bedouins in the Negev desert to the Jewish residents of Sderot, on the Gaza border, to Ethiopian Jews across Israel, our mandate is not just developing and implementing new mental health programs for disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in need, but combining assessment with research to constantly refine our programs. Additionally, we are research leaders, regularly publishing not just peer-reviewed scholarly articles, but also journalistic articles and books for both academic and lay audiences.

Metiv treats around 400 patients every year and is staffed by 20 therapists with experience in the treatment of trauma and crisis. Our services are available in Hebrew, Arabic, English, Amharic, Spanish, and Dutch. Though we hope our services will one day become unnecessary, as long as there is trauma in Israel, we will be here working to anticipate, treat, and educate about its lasting effects.

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