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Japan, 2012-2014

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Support for Japanese professionals following the Tsunami in Japan

 

Following the Tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 the Israel Trauma Coalition in partnership with the JDC built an intervention program to provide training and support for professionals and staff working with disaster victims. The approach from the outset was to work with local organizations and professionals and not with the victims directly, in order to create a local infrastructure that would continue to function after the completion of the project. In this way, the knowledge gained through the training stays with the local professionals. Also in this manner, the language gap and cultural gap can be bridged

 

Aid Delegations – Cooperation with local professionals

 

After months of seeking out potential local partners, the first delegation set out in October 2011. This delegation included, Talia Levanon, Executive Director of the ITC and Professor Mooli Lahad, President of the Community Stress Prevention Center (CSPC), and was focused on making connections with local professionals along with facilitating workshops on coping and trauma. The next delegation which included Professor Lahad and Dr. Ruvie Rogel from CSPC, went out in Feb.-March 2012 and was largely engaged in the training of volunteers and professionals from the organizations met during the previous delegation.

Due to the success of this delegation, a third delegation traveled to Japan in May 2012, with the participation of Dr. Rogel and Dalia Sivan from the ITC partner organization, Amcha. This delegation worked mostly in the Northern part of the country affected by the Tsumani and provided training to more than 400 professionals and volunteers working with disaster victims. The trainings focused on providing tools for coping with trauma and for resilience building and self-care. This visit was very successful and following its conclusion plans began for an additional visit that will take place in the coming months and will provide complementary workshops to the ones offered during the May visit.

Our Mission

The mission of the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) is to create a continuum of care in the trauma field, response and preparedness, by leveraging diverse resources to initiate, prioritize, and optimize services.

In the past 13 years  the ITC has proven its effectiveness in partnering with over 60 organizations including government ministries and Home Front Command to ensure a comprehensive view of the trauma field, timely delivery of needed services, resilience building at a personal, community and national level and influencing policy.