ITC Conference: North, South, and Everything in Between – Learning Together
The Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) is convening its first conference today, December 28, 2015, dedicated to studying the past and preparing for the future. The ITC, its member organizations and professionals in the Gaza Envelope have accumulated a great deal of knowledge and experience, specializing in emergency preparedness, trauma and resilience.
Talia Levanon, ITC Director
Chaim Yelin, Member of Knesset
Menachem Vagshal, NEMA, advisor on resilience
Tamir Idan, Head of Sdot Negev Regional Council
Gidon Shefer, ITC President
Mooli Lahad, President of CSPC
Learning to Deal with Trauma
In the past years, there has been an incredible focus on preparedness and resilience building in southern Israel, whereas looking to the future, focus may need to shift to northern Israel. Currently, the entire nation is feeling the effects of the constant wave of terror attacks. We cannot let the fear and resulting anxiety and trauma affect the whole Israeli society.
The questions which will be examined today:
The ITC and its partner organizations have become specialists in treating the psychosocial effects of war and terrorist attacks on both individuals and communities. The accumulated knowledge and experience has resulted in the successful combination of working both top-down and bottom-up in terms of partnerships with local government, coalition members, community members and philanthropic organizations.
The ITC Coordinating Board includes:
Conference participants include:
In addition to the presentations, conference participants will split into workshops to discuss a variety of dilemmas and problems that arise in times of emergency, such as how to provide a “community Iron Dome” for emergency organization teams, as well as how to provide emotional first aid during an emergency.
An additional interactive session will discuss the rehabilitation of entire communities in the wake of trauma. This workshop will address positioning communities for recovery following loss as well as establishing an understanding of the effects of a traumatic event for a community.