Peace of Mind for IDF Veterans
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Metiv: The Israel Psychotrauma Center

Peace of Mind for IDF Veterans

By Metiv: The Israel Psychotrauma Center

Healing our IDF veterans and providing them with a better future

“Only now do I realize that my life changed twice in the past sixteen months. First unknowingly during the war, though then I had thought that it was normal to be constantly tense, and second during the workshop where I gained a perspective on how to continue with the rest of my life.”

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“Only now do I realize that my life changed twice in the past sixteen months. First unknowingly during the war, though then I had thought that it was normal to be constantly tense, and second during the workshop where I gained a perspective on how to continue with the rest of my life.”

Every year, thousands of released Israeli combat soldiers face the difficult transition back into civilian life. Many spend months overseas as a means to discharge and mitigate the psychological pain they faced during their military service. Despite the well-known image of the resilient Israeli soldier, the long-term effects of veterans’ combat experiences are well documented. Released soldiers can suffer from a myriad of psychological difficulties ranging from sleep disorders, substance abuse, difficulties in relationships, aggressiveness, and in some cases even PTSD.

Peace of Mind is an intervention program that, as one soldier put it, “changes lives. I gained perspective on how to cope with the rest of my life.” Nearly two-thirds of participants have shown significant post-traumatic growth following their participation in the program.

We work with the IDF to identify units who would benefit from our program, choosing to work with cohesive groups largely because a level of trust already exists within a combat unit. About 15 soldiers from a high-risk combat unit work with two therapists to process their experiences and begin healing. Participants typically do not show pathological symptoms of post-traumatic stress, yet are sorely in need of a program that gives voice to the trauma they experienced, allowing them to start living their lives again.

The core of the program is being hosted by a Jewish community overseas during the most intensive therapeutic work. This is a crucial element of the program because their disengagement from Israel during the therapeutic process is central to their healing. About 73% of participants have reported that they have greater ability to process their emotions when they are abroad, but an equally important element is receiving acceptance and warmth from a Diaspora Jewish community, which gives soldiers a sense of love, support and purpose in defending the State of Israel.

Since the program’s inception, over 60 groups have been hosted in Jewish communities in the UK, Canada, and the United States. Another 90 groups are on our waiting list, and will be able to participate in Peace of Mind pending the availability of further funds and host Jewish communities.

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About this charity:

Metiv: The Israel Psychotrauma Center

Jerusalem
#Mental Health

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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Contact details for this charity

  • Phone 026449666
  • Site www.metiv.org
  • Email [email protected]
  • Charity Number 580462067
  • Donations to this charity are tax deductible in Israel (section 46)

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