MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE 2024

June 3, 2024

MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE

ADVANCES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY:

LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE

Date

3 June 2024

Location

Hilton, Tel Aviv

Time

8:15-18:00

WELCOME

Experience the cutting edge of psychotherapy and mental health tech at the highly anticipated annual conference hosted by GHI - The Israel Association of Mental Health Professionals. Join renowned clinicians and researchers as they unveil the latest developments in the field, providing invaluable insights and knowledge. Enhance your professional network during our dedicated networking session, fostering meaningful connections with fellow mental health experts. Held at the prestigious Hilton in Tel Aviv, this conference is a must-attend event for both seasoned practitioners and those new to the field. Expand your expertise, gain valuable connections, and make a profound impact on your work with clients. Secure your place today.

What to Expect

Immersive Learning Experience

Featuring some of the most distinguished experts in the field.

Connect And Network

With colleagues in the mental health field through an organized networking activity.

A Unique Experience

That combines education, networking, and great food, all in a beautiful venue overlooking the sea.

Panel

Learn about the latest digital technologies and how they can be used to support mental health.

PROGRAM

Check-in and Refreshments

After checking in, you will have the opportunity to network with other attendees, explore the booths at the exhibition hall and interact with organizations and companies showcasing innovative products and services in the mental health field. Enjoy refreshments and coffee while you socialize before the start of the event.

Novel Developments in the Understanding of PTSD and the Psychotrauma Treatment Following the Iron Swords War Prof. Mooli Lahad, Ph.D, Ph.D / Renowned Psychologist, Author, and Psychotrauma Expert

As we navigate the psychological aftermath and repercussions of the war, we invite you to gain deeper insights from Prof. Lahad, a renowned psychotrauma expert. Understanding the unique challenges presented by the Iron Swords war is crucial in equipping clinicians with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively address and treat trauma specific to this context. Prof. Lahad will delve into the challenge of measuring ongoing PTSD, introducing the Continuous Traumatic Stress Response Scale (CTS), and exploring a new paradigm for understanding the psychological experience during and after war. The session will provide insights into the challenges presented by the Iron Swords war in regard to individual versus group methods. Prof. Lahad will address multiple modalities and an integrative space for the treatment of Acute Stress Response (ASR) and Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and more.

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Current Research and Treatments Using Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Keren Tzarfaty, Ph.D, MFT / Executive director of MAPS Israel and the co-founder of the Hakomi Institute of Israel

This presentation aims to provide a deeper understanding of the therapeutic work with MDMA and psilocybin for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Both substances have shown promising results in alleviating symptoms and providing long-lasting benefits for individuals suffering from these mental health conditions.

The first part of the presentation will focus on MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD. Clinical studies show significant reductions in PTSD symptoms. The three-phase therapy, consisting of preparation, MDMA-assisted session, and integration, allows patients to explore and process their trauma in a controlled setting.
The second part of the presentation will explore psilocybin-assisted therapy for depression. Psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound, induces altered states of consciousness and facilitates profound introspection. In a supportive environment, patients are able to explore their thoughts, emotions, and beliefs, leading to a shift in perspective and a deeper understanding of their depression. Clinical trials have shown significant reductions in depressive symptoms, even in treatment-resistant cases.

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The Profound Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Self-Perception and Personality Development, and the Art of Tailored Intervention Michael Salamon, Ph.D

More recent and advanced models in treating sexual abuse are moving away from the traditional approaches that focus on individual symptom management, but rather incorporate a multidimensional perspective and address the complex needs of survivors. While traditional approaches often focus on addressing immediate symptoms, advanced models recognize the long-term impact of sexual abuse on multiple domains, including self-perception, relationships, and overall well-being. They emphasize a holistic approach that incorporates trauma-informed therapies and an integrative approach to empowering survivors. This presentation will explore factors that influence the impact of child sexual abuse. Factors explored include the grooming process, age of the victim, nature of their relationship with the abuser, and a variety of other considerations. The discussion will also examine treatment modalities and ways in which clinicians may tailor treatment approaches. Through an exploration of these topics, attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the complex dynamics of sexual abuse and the crucial role of customized therapeutic interventions in facilitating recovery.

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Thriving in Relationships with ADHD: Unleashing the Potential of ADHD Couples with Breakthrough Attachment-Based Approaches Lisa Rabinowitz, MA

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) presents unique challenges for individuals, and when it becomes part of the couple dynamic, it creates explosive, lonely, and exhausting experiences. The dynamics within a couple are deeply influenced by attachment styles, necessitating the consideration of attachment styles within the context of ADHD. When couples have different attachment styles and ADHD is present in one or both individuals, the application of attachment theory can facilitate transformative healing that is more effective, supportive, and mindful.

In this presentation, the attendees will learn about the transformative power of attachment-based approaches when working with couples affected by ADHD. Three practical techniques rooted in attachment theory will be explored, which can significantly impact therapy and romantic relationships. Through the use of real-life examples, the attendees will gain valuable insights into ADHD relationships and discover how these skills enhance trust, communication, emotional regulation, and mutual understanding between partners. By the end of the session, the attendees will feel empowered with actionable skills that can be immediately applied in their own practice, fostering more harmonious relationships.

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Shifting Perspectives and Strategies: An Integrated Approach to Suicide Prevention and Care Asher Siegelman, Ph.D

Despite over six decades of research and effort, global suicide rates have not decreased but have continued to rise, contrary to the declining trends in deaths from diseases like Influenza, HIV, and Tuberculosis. In Israel, a significant reduction in suicide rates has been achieved by limiting access to lethal means. However, the rate of suicide attempts requiring medical intervention has not changed, indicating that the underlying psychological pain still remain. There is a gap in the focus on intervention and assessment science, and more critically, the implementation of these methods. This presentation will therefore concentrate on practical, evidence-based approaches to suicide-focused intervention and assessment.

It will offer strategies for families and friends of those struggling with suicidal thoughts, and explain brief interventions for first responders and hospital settings with limited patient interaction times. The presentation aims to shift the perception of suicidality from an emergency response trigger to an understanding of deep suffering. Recognizing and appreciating evidence-based treatments for this suffering is crucial to avoid fear-based reactions. The presentation underscores the importance of each individual's role, whether they are laypersons, paraprofessionals, or experienced mental health clinicians, in actively reducing suffering and saving lives.

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LUNCH / NETWORKING

Enjoy a plentiful basari buffet lunch (Kashrut is Rabanut, vegetables are gush katif. Option for individually wrapped Bedatz meal for an additional fee of 50 ₪). Participate in an organized networking session where you’ll connect with colleagues in the mental health field.

The Attuned Therapist: Inner integration allows for outer attunement Thomas Hübl, Ph.D

In this presentation, we will explore the power of attunement and how to cultivate a present inner state that allows for deep sensing of our clients. This is the basis to develop strong healing relationships that accelerate our clients' processing. Our nervous systems have an incredible power to synchronize with each other, especially applied in therapeutic and group settings. The therapist’s level of inner integration is key to being able to resonate deeply with and to be present with our clients. We will incorporate experiential practices that can help us to deepen our presence and attunement skills. We will dispel beliefs that get caught in hyper-individualistic views toward humans in order to make use of the healing power of inter-dependence and explore how individual integration and collective spaces amplify each other.

We will tie this in with the IAC-fluidity approach (Individual, Ancestral, and Collective trauma integration): Why trauma is not just an individual experience but a system that has a societal design dimension, and why does treating trauma often need to include the systemic level as well? Understanding and distinguishing between emergent and non-emergent processes in individuals, inter-generational and collective dynamics is crucial for thawing that which was frozen and promoting greater freedom, connectedness, creativity, and capacity for change. Broadening our awareness of trauma systems has a profound impact and represents the pinnacle of trauma integration work.

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Brain Changer: Core process in deep healing as reflected by the IFS model Shifra Wohlgelernter, Ph.D

Advancement in brain research allows clinicians to eliminate traumatic symptoms at their roots, using memory reconsolidation. Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is a model growing rapidly in popularity as it supports deep healing. This talk aims to demonstrate IFS as it follows the latest neuroscientific research on good, long lasting therapeutic change, integrating all human aspects of experience.

Panel - How Mental Health and Technology Create Synergy

Our upcoming panel discussion promises to captivate your attention, showcasing the remarkable synergy between technology and mental health. We're excited to bring you exclusive insights from pioneering startups at the forefront of integrating technology into psychotherapy. Stay tuned for an engaging panel discussion that will unveil innovative solutions complementing clinical work. This is your chance to stay ahead of the curve and witness the exciting future of mental health!

Developing a Mindfulness-Based Approach to Psychedelic Integration Nir Tadmor, M.Sc / Director of Education and Training at Impulse and the co-founder of Safe Shore

MBPI is an integrative mind-body-spirit toolkit that was developed by Guy Simon and Nir Tadmor with the intention to develop a therapeutic protocol that will support the transition between and weaving of non-ordinary and ordinary states of consciousness in the context of psychotherapeutic practice. The approach is based on years of experience in dynamic and mindfulness-based psychotherapy, psychedelic crisis intervention, art therapy and phenomenological research, while taking into account the extremely diverse cultural and ontological perspectives people are coming from. Nir Tadmor will present a few integration processes that unfolded after psychedelic experiences that took place in ceremonial, recreational and therapeutic settings through the lens of MBPI.

Event Speakers

KEYNOTE

Prof. Mooli Lahad

Ph.D, Ph.D

Prof. Mooli Lahad, Ph.D., is a distinguished senior medical and education psychologist, holding the position of full professor of Psychology and Dramatherapy at Tel Hai College in Israel. With dual Ph.Ds in Psychology and Human and Life Sciences, Prof. Lahad is a psychologist, educator, author, and humanitarian. As the founder and president of the Community Stress Prevention Center (CSPC) and the pioneer of Dramatherapy in Israel, Prof. Lahad stands as one of the world's leading experts in integrating arts-based therapies with psychotrauma and disaster coping. He is renowned for his expertise in rehabilitating communities post-disaster both nationally and internationally.

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KEYNOTE

Thomas Hübl

Ph.D

Thomas Hübl, PhD is a renowned teacher, author, and international facilitator who works within the complexity of systems and cultural change, integrating the core insights of the great wisdom traditions and mysticism with the discoveries of science. Since the early 2000s, he has led large-scale events and courses on the healing of collective trauma. He is the author of Attuned: Practicing Interdependence to Heal Our Trauma—and Our World, and Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds. Hübl has served as an advisor and guest faculty for universities and organizations, as a coach for CEOs and organizational leaders, and is currently a visiting scholar at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.

Keren Tzarfaty

Ph.D, MFT

Keren Tzarfaty, Ph.D, MFT is executive director of MAPS Israel and the co-founder of the Hakomi Institute of Israel. She leads Psychedelic Assisted psychotherapy studies in Israel and is a senior trainer for the MDMA PTSD FDA-approved clinical trial examining the impact of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy on severe PTSD patients. She is one of the founders of the new MA program at Haifa University: Integrative psychotherapy: Body, Mind, Spirit. Keren holds an MA in Somatic Psychology and a Ph.D in East - West Psychology, both from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She specializes in integrating mindfulness-based psychodynamic psychotherapy with somatic psychotherapy, attachment psychotherapy, trauma psychology and transpersonal psychology. Her approach is grounded in traditional western psychologies as well as inspired by Eastern and Shamanic spiritual traditions.

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SHIFRA WOHLGELERNTER

Ph.D

Dr. Shifra Wohlgelernter is a neuropsychologist living with her family in the Old City of Jerusalem. Her focus as a therapist includes working with children, adolescents, adults and parents towards authentic connection in the inter/intrapersonal realms. Shifra holds a double MA in Sp. Ed, specializing in executive function development. As a psychologist, she has worked at the research lab of Bar Ilan University, as director of psychological services at Alyn children's hospital school system, and at her private clinic. With over 20 years of experience, she is trained in EMDR, narrative therapy, MBSR and IFS. Voluntarily, she is committed to supporting chronic illness and palliative journeys, assisting both patients' experience and medical teams' perspective. As an IFS consultant, she finds it to be a brilliant model for healing, which integrates all levels of human experience.

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LISA RABINOWITZ

MA

Lisa Rabinowitz, MA, LCPC, specializes in couples therapy, attachment and ADHD. Lisa is a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist and PACT Certified Candidate Couples Therapist, as well as a member at both CHADD and ADDA. Lisa counsels couples in MD, VA, FL, DE, VT, BC, Israel and internationally. She presented at the International ADHD Conference in 2022 on the topic: How to Create a Secure Functioning Relationship When One Partner has ADHD, and will be presenting again at the 2023 international ADHD conference on the topic: Strategies For Mitigating Insecure Attachment In Couples With ADHD. Lisa trains counselors and coaches on the most effective approaches for working with couples with ADHD.

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Asher Siegelman

Ph.D

Asher E. Siegelman, Ph.D., a board-certified Israeli clinical psychologist, serves as the director of Israel Suicide Prevention, offering suicide-focused care, support groups for survivors of suicide, and community education seminars. Mentored by David A. Jobes, Ph.D., the founder of Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), Dr. Siegelman is well-versed in one of the few evidence-based protocols for assessing, managing, and treating suicide risk. As the CAMS-care Israel consultant (https://cams-care.com/), Dr. Siegelman provides consultation and training in CAMS. His extensive background includes completing his dissertation with the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, contributing to the development of a validated suicide risk screener for hospitalized medical patients. His clinical training has a strong focus on trauma-focused care, implementing evidence-based protocols for PTSD in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Dr. Siegelman's research and mentorship extend to suicide prevention, particularly in hospital risk assessments and evidence-based interventions for military personnel and civilians, including adolescents.

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MICHAEL SALAMON

Ph.D

Dr. Salamon is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and an APA Presidential Citation Awardee for his “transformative work in the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse.” He has lectured internationally and has been on the editorial board of several professional journals. He serves as a consultant to several academic institutions, is on the clinical staff of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, a Division of Northwell Health, and was a consultant to the Mount Sinai Narcotics Rehabilitation Center. He has practices in Netanya and in the New York metropolitan area. Dr. Salamon has appeared on a variety of television, podcasts and radio shows and his articles have appeared in the Jerusalem Post, the Jewish Press, the Jewish Week, Haaretz, the Times of Israel and in the New York Times. His latest books include Abuse in the Jewish Community, The Shidduch Crisis: Causes and Cures, and has a book in press titled In Plain Sight: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse and Healing the Survivors.

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Nir Tadmor

M.Sc

Nir Tadmor, M.Sc is a certified transpersonal psychotherapist (Eurotas) in private practice, Director of Education and Training at Impulse - an integrative psychotherapy center based in Israel, and a co-founder of Safe Shore - a psychedelic education, harm reduction and peer support project. He holds a Master’s in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology from Middlesex University and trained in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy. Nir is also a co-researcher in the Neurophenomenological lab in Haifa University, where he is in charge of phenomenological interviews in a study about Ayahuasca and death perception. For his Master's thesis Nir conducted a phenomenological study about the psychedelic integration process that unfolds in the lives of Western mental health professionals who use psychedelics for personal and professional growth and he currently serves as an advisor to the Israeli government's Special Committee for the Fight Against the Damages of Drugs and Alcohol. Nir’s private practice is based in Israel where he provides support to people who deal with a wide range of issues, many of them interested in integrating their psychedelic experiences as a part of the psychotherapeutic process. During the last 6 years, he worked as a mental health guide in various psychiatric-hospitalization alternatives, supported hundreds of psychedelic crises at parties and festivals and trained more than 1000 psychedelic harm reduction sitters through Safe Shore's Holding Space workshop in Israel, the UK, The Netherland, Estonia and South Africa.

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PANELISTS ON THE MENTAL HEALTH TECH PANEL

Our upcoming panel discussion promises to captivate your attention, showcasing the remarkable synergy between technology and mental health. We're excited to bring you exclusive insights from pioneering startups at the forefront of integrating technology into psychotherapy.

PANEL MODERATOR

Miri Polachek

MA, MBA

Miri Polachek is an entrepreneurial executive and investor with over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. She is currently forming an angel investor group at Tel Aviv Medical Center (Ichilov) and is also Venture Partner at quadraScope, a longevity-focused venture capital fund she helped raise. Previously, Miri served as CEO of Joy Ventures, a venture builder and fund in the consumer mental health and wellbeing domain. Miri co-founded and led Israel Brain Technologies, initiated by late Israeli President Shimon Peres, which served as a hub and catalyst for braintech innovation and commercialization, including the world’s first braintech startup accelerator. Miri has also held financial management positions in leading global healthcare companies including Pfizer and Teva and was VP Finance at IntegraMed. She holds an MA in Health Economics from Boston University and an MBA from New York University.

PANELISTS

Helping Minds

Helping Minds is a tech-enabled provider of specialized mental healthcare, focused on mistreated mental health conditions (starting with OCD). It’s a network of specialized therapists, enhanced by an augmented intelligence platform, which increases clinical throughput while reducing costs and optimizing outcomes.

BetterYou

BetterYou is a startup developing self-discovery AI. We harness the power of cutting-edge artificial intelligence to help individuals visualize, experience, explore and understand their inner world. Our mission is to empower individuals on their journey of self-discovery.

Kai.ai

Kai is an AI tool that checks in with reflection questions and shares personalized insights every morning and night — or whenever you want. Kai’s 45K+ member community on Discord is a leading environment sought out for support in Anxiety and other mental health challenges.

Location

Hilton, Tel Aviv
HaYarkon St 205,
Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6340506

The event will take place on the shores of the Mediterranean, right in the heart of Independence Park. There’s a discounted GHI room rate for attendees of the conference for the night of June 3, 2024: $490.00 + VAT for single occupancy / $510.00 + VAT for double occupancy, which includes a renovated room (32m²/344 sq.ft) a spacious balcony with a breathtaking sea view, bathtub, walk-in shower, and a work desk. The rate includes an Israeli buffet breakfast at the Café Med restaurant overlooking the sea.

The hotel is situated within three kilometers of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Israeli Opera, and Museum Tower. Ben Gurion House is less than a kilometer away. The hotel has five dining options, as well as a full-service spa and salon, saltwater outdoor pool, and a tour desk. Parking is available at the hotel for a daily rate of 40 ₪

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Testimonials

"So I’m sitting there at the conference and saying to myself “I’ve got to tell people about this!” I don’t remember the last conference I’ve been to that left me on such a high."

Ruth Silverberg, MA, LMHC

"Since making Aliyah, GHI has been the place where I have most felt at home with colleagues that I can relate to, learn from, and grow together with. GHI’s professionalism, finger on the pulse, and ability to connect us to each other and to our field is remarkable. It creates a camaraderie that I look forward to for any of their events! I’m so grateful to GHI for their wonderful work and am super excited for the upcoming conference."

Shulamis Pollak, Ph.D

"What I especially enjoyed about the GHI conferences I've been to in the past is they remind me of the style of conferences that I am used to attending overseas. They are an excellent synthesis of all that is good about overseas professionalism and Israeli familiarity."

Micki Lavin Pell, MSc, MFT, MA

"As is true for Get Help Israel in general, I’ve found that the conference is a valuable resource for gaining professional expertise and for developing relationships that may lead to future career opportunities."

David Berger, Ph.D

"GHI’s 2020 virtual conference was truly so good: well-executed, excellent topics and speakers, and interactive. It was quite an impressive virtual feat! I’m confident that their upcoming in-person conference will be all that and more! I’m very much looking forward to attending"

Lynn Weinstein, LCSW

PAYMENT AND REFUND POLICY

Payment via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) can be made online. Telephone registrations can be arranged if you're having difficulty making a payment online. 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 and all conference updates and notifications. To avoid your important emails going to other folders, please add [email protected] to your contacts.

Refunds, less an administrative fee of 80 ILS, will be issued for all cancellations received by April 1, 2024. Refund requests must be received by email. No refund will be issued should cancellation occur after April 1, 2024. No-shows are subject to the full conference fee.

Questions? Call 072-3976500 (Israel), Sunday-Thursday, 9am-4pm, or email [email protected] .

WHO WE ARE

Moreover, Get Help Israel strives to enhance the professional community's visibility and accessibility to potential clients. By maintaining a comprehensive directory of verified mental health practitioners, it ensures that individuals seeking support can easily connect with qualified professionals who align with their specific needs.

Recognizing the significance of collaboration and interdisciplinary cooperation, Get Help Israel organizes events, conferences, and workshops that encourage dialogue and knowledge exchange among mental health professionals. This fosters a rich environment for learning, growth, and the development of innovative approaches in the field.

Get Help Israel also plays a crucial role in supporting mental health professionals through professional guidance, resources, and mentorship opportunities. It provides a safe space for clinicians to seek advice, share experiences, and find solace within a supportive community that understands the unique challenges they face.

Ultimately, Get Help Israel is committed to elevating the standards of mental health care in Israel. By nurturing the professional community, facilitating collaboration, and raising awareness, it strives to create a society where mental well-being is a fundamental priority, and individuals can access the support they need to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

GHI was founded in 2016 and has provided over 170,000 client consultations to date. To learn more about GHI and become a member of the association, click here.

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