Rachel Dekel, Ph.D. is a Full Professor at the Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work at Bar-Ilan University, Israel and was the Director of the School between the years 2012-2016. In October 2018 Professor Dekel began her position as the academic head of the International School at Bar-Ilan. She is a member of the Israeli Excellence Center (I-CORE) of mass trauma. Over the last two decades she has been involved in various research projects that examined different facets of human coping with traumatic events such as war, terror, road accidents and family violence. Professor Dekel's research focuses on individuals who have been directly exposed to these events as well as on those who are close to them, such as spouses of veterans, children of fathers with PTSD, and therapists who work in areas particularly exposed to acts of terrorism and war. Professor Dekel is also the founder and current director of the Bar-Ilan clinic for conjoint intervention for couples in which one member suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Professor Dekel has published over 120 articles and book chapters and has supervised more than 50 students. Professor Dekel's work can be found on ResearchGate, LinkedIn, Google Scholar, or her Bar-Ilan website. Professor Dekel can be reached at Rachel.Dekel@biu.ac.il.
Hedy Baum, M.S.W. completed her Bachelor's degree in Social Work at Tel Aviv University and her Master's in Social Work at Bar-Ilan University. Her doctoral thesis is on "Traumatic memory consistency dissociation and body health of PTSD patients." Hedy has also completed her psychotherapy studies in H.A.L.F.A.B.A at the Israeli Analytical Centre. Hedy currently works as a psychotherapist and as an instructor in a private clinic.
Limor Zitronblat, M.S.W. received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Haifa University and her Master's degree in Social Work from Hebrew University. Limor formerly served as a mental health officer for the IDF, and retired as head of the clinical unit for military personnel and their families. She is currently part of out CBCT clinic. Limor's doctoral thesis is entitled: "Adjustment profile among military commanders and their spouses."
Miriam Goldberg, M.A. completed her Bachelor's degree in Social Work at Bar-Ilan University and her Master's degree in Community Mental Health at the University of Haifa. Her doctoral thesis is on the "Recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder: The contribution of peer support, self-disclosure and stigma." Miriam works as a research assistant for Prof. Dekel, where she is examining health care professionals' perceptions regarding patient recovery from PTSD.
Yaara Sadeh, M.S.W. is currently pursuing her doctorate in Social Work and is writing her thesis on depression and juvenile diabetes. As a research assistant for Prof. Dekel,, Yaara is examining physical and mental health functioning in military commanders and their spouses. She completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yaara currently works as a social worker in a pediatric endocrine clinic within the Safra Children's Hospital at Tel HaShomer.
Natan Israel received his Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Bar-Ilan University. He is currently writing his thesis on "Haredi men and coping in the aftermath of traumatic events." Natan works at the Udimarili Organization where he provides mental health services.
Talia Aqua completed her Bachelor's degree in Social Work at Bar-Ilan University. Talia is currently working on her research proposal, which focuses on families of asylum seekers from Eritrea. She is a social worker with the Mesila organization, which provides information and aid to the foreign community of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Michal Yakobi - Michal completed her Bachelor's degree in Social Work at Bar-Ilan University, and is now writing her thesis on "The contribution of the perception of the significance of the military role, the cognitive flexibility and social support for adaptation to military service in Israel among soldiers in back-office positions". Michal works as a medical social worker at Clalit HMO, as well as serving as a mental health officer in the IDF on reserve duty.
PROGRAM GRADUATES 2019
Bela Sagi, M.A. completed her Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Anthropology and Comparative Literature and a Master's degree in Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Bela then graduated from the Master's program in Bibliotherapy in the School of Education at the University of Haifa. She has completed her doctoral thesis in the Gender Studies program at Bar-Ilan University on "The role and implications of personal writing in the process of building self in the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse." Bela is a bibliotherapist who specializes in therapy with survivors of sexual abuse and rape victims. In addition to her private practice in Jerusalem, Bela works with the rape crisis center in Jerusalem.
Ohad Gilbar, Ph.d., earned his Master's in Social Work at Bar-Ilan University before commencing his doctoral work. The title of his MA thesis is "Perception of Masculine Identity among Israeli Military Veterans Who Suffer from PTSD due to Participation in Battle." In his doctoral dissertation Ohad studied ICD-11 complex PTSD and its mediator role between exposure to traumatic events and intimate partner violence among male perpetrators who are seeking treatment in a domestic violence therapy center. He is also a research coordinator working on two different projects for Prof. Dekel: (1) research on reasons for dropout of male perpetrators of domestic violence from participation in therapy and (2) research that examines the mental health functioning of children in foster care in the aftermath of the 2014 war in southern Israel. In addition, along with his research work, Ohad combines clinical work as an individual and group therapist in the field of PTSD and Domestic Violence, and is now a post doctoral candidate at Boston University. Ohad can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yael Yaoz, M.S..W., completed her Bachelor's degree in Criminology, Sociology and Anthropology and her Masters in Social Work, at Bar-Ilan University , Her thesis studied "The experience of being a sibling of a veteran with PTSD." Yael was recruited to IDF as a mental health officer.