Evidence-Based Modalities in Practice - An Integrative Approach Through a Cultural Lens
Join mental health professionals worldwide in a live virtual experience of lectures, a panel discussion, and networking.
Over the past 4 years, GHI has successfully run professional development workshops, as well as invaluable networking events that have helped create important professional connections. This year’s conference will integrate both professional development and networking components.
We had planned to have this conference live in Jerusalem in May, until Covid-19 had made that impossible. We are therefore moving the venue to a 3D virtual environment, and opening the event to mental health professionals worldwide.
Opening Session - Greetings and Case Study
Issues to Consider When Working Therapeutically in Multicultural / Multilingual Spaces
Dr. Alyson Aviv
Emotion-Focused Therapy: A Transdiagnostic Approach to Emotion Transformation
Dr. Ben Shahar
Break / Exhibition Hall
Incorporating Psychiatric Evaluation into Therapeutic Treatment in a Cross-Cultural Context
Dr. Naomi Najman
Your Body Can See You Through: Somatic Intervention Across Cultures
Ricki Bernstein, LMSW, SEP
EMDR is Not Just for Trauma Anymore
EMDR as a Comprehensive Trauma-Informed Psychotherapeutic Modality
Dr. Daniel Kahn
Exposure Therapy in the Treatment of Anxiety - An Integration of Cognitive Behavioral Theories
Prof. Jonathan Huppert, Ph.D.
Networking / Exhibition Hall
Panel Discussion - Integration of presented modalities through a cultural lens
Questions and Closing Statements
Ben Shahar, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor (senior lecturer) at the School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and a supervisor and trainer of Emotion-focused Therapy. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Arizona and his internship at Duke University Medical Center. He conducts outcome and process research on EFT for social anxiety and self-criticism, as well as research on the role of shame and self-criticism
Naomi Najman is a child-adolescent psychiatrist and general psychiatrist who has been in private practice for 19 years. Her areas of expertise include evaluation and treatment of a wide range of childhood and adult psychiatric disorders including mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD and eating disorders. Dr. Najman has spent much of her career working with children to treat underlying psychiatric disorders with medication and individual therapy. She also provides guidance to parents coping with children who suffer from psychiatric disorders.
Jonathan Huppert is Full Professor and former Chair of the Department of Psychology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where he holds the Sam and Helen Beber Chair of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Huppert specializes in the nature and treatment of anxiety and related disorders, and has worked on dissemination of CBT throughout Israel and beyond. He conducts research on the processes of cognitive behavioral therapy to better understand its mechanisms. He has published over 100 articles and chapters and speaks frequently at national and international events.
Dr. Dani Kahn the Deputy Director of the EMDR Institute of Israel. He is an accredited EMDR Europe (and Israel) Therapist, Consultant, and Trainer and is a member of the board of EMDR-ISRAEL. As a therapist, Dr. Kahn works with a wide range of clinical presentations, including trauma and dissociation, complex trauma, stress and coping, anxiety, depression, behavioral difficulties, ADHD, and parenting and relationship issues. Over the past 25 years he has lectured at several universities and institutions of higher learning, including Hebrew University, Bar Ilan University, and The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo.
Dr. Aviv is a bilingual clinical psychologist and a board certified pediatric neuropsychologist. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut (1996), and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey with a concentration in pediatric neuropsychology and community mental health. Dr. Aviv is a fellow of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology (ABPdN), serves as an ad-hoc examiner for psychologists seeking board certification, and was recently elected to the ABPdN board.
Ricki Bernstein is a clinical social worker, consultant and teacher who specializes in trauma treatment. Trained in EMDR, Brainspotting, SE, Focusing, ISP, AEDP and classical homeopathy, Ricki brings a wide angle lens to her work. Teaching throughout Israel and the US, over the last seven years she has trained over 500 psychotherapists in Somatic Intervention. Ricki's latest project is an actual toolkit to calm and regulate the body-mind called sense your self (R)
We are proud to release a full program of education and networking, streamed live completely online for the first time. Your registration allows access to all of our exclusive content from anywhere—all you need is an internet connection.
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Get Help Israel (GHI) -The Israel Association of Mental Health Professionals – serves a dual purpose. For clients who are seeking English-speaking mental health service providers, we are a trusted resource helping the public to access the best services for their mental health needs. For English-speaking mental health professionals (including immigrant and veteran therapists alike) we provide a formal and friendly framework that seeks to advance professional development opportunities in English, and gives support and guidance in maintaining ethical, legal, and competent mental health services. GHI is proud to be the leading mental health resource for both the public and mental health professionals in Israel.
In addition to assisting English-speakers find the right help in their mother tongue, GHI consults with dozens of organizations, schools, and government offices in Israel to provide customized referrals for their individual needs. This includes over 50 gap year programs, Aliyah organizations, and various embassies/consulates of English-speaking countries. The association is recognized and respected for its rigorous verification of the professionals' credentials in accordance with Israeli law. GHI is expanding its reach to mental health professionals and organizations around the world in becoming the go-to referral source for people moving to or living in Israel.
GHI is also expanding community programs to provide affordable and accessible therapeutic services to English-speakers. An example of such programming is The Lone Soldier Program, providing subsidized therapy to lone soldiers through qualified participating mental health professionals.
Through the use of innovative internet technology, GHI is inviting you to experience a virtual conference in a way that is as close to an in-person event as possible. Having in mind that motivation to learn and ability to retain information is very much dependent on the environment, we didn't want to tire you with yet another Zoom-style setting. GHI's 3D virtual conference will be a refreshing change of pace, combining high quality content together with the most advanced technology in virtual conferencing to ensure that you have the optimal educational and networking experience.
The auditorium is a virtual space for lectures, symposia, discussions and panels. A chat function is available for questions from the audience to the panelists. A moderator will accept the questions and post the panelists' answers on the chat.
Main Hall and Lounge
In the virtual exhibition hall, conference attendees can visit the booths, connect with organizations, facilities, and other service providers in the mental health field, and collect information in their virtual briefcase. Participants will be greeted live by individual booth personnel. You may click on the avatars of the booth that you'd like to visit to either start a video chat or a text based chat.
We made sure to make this as simple and accessible for you as possible. There is no need to download any software. Once you create an account within the conference system, you'll receive login information for the days of the event. We are also providing tech support throughout the entire duration of the conference.
All registered participants will have on demand access to the conference recording for up to 30 days after the event. You may watch it at your convenience.
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If you are a mental health professional residing in Israel (or are planning to move to Israel in the next 12 months), you may apply to join GHI here:
Conference and workshop fees include all lectures, digital material, and 30 days of on-demand recording of lectures.
Payment via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) can be made online. Telephone or fax registrations are not accepted. Registration with cash payment is not permitted. Israel-based participants may pay via bank transfer. Contact our office to arrange for bank-transfer payment.
Upon receipt of your paid registration, an email confirmation from Get Help Israel will be sent to you. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information, including registration confirmation, evaluation, and certificate.
Refunds, less an administrative fee of 150 ILS / 45 USD, will be issued for all cancellations received at least three weeks prior to the start of the conference. Refund requests must be received by email. No refund will be issued should cancellation occur less than three weeks prior. No-shows are subject to the full conference fee.
Questions? Call 072-3976500 (Israel), Sunday-Thursday, 9am-4pm, or email [email protected] .
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