The International Program in Crisis and Trauma

The International Program in Crisis and Trauma

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Program Length: 3 semesters (10 months)

Language of Instruction: English

Tuition:$18,500. Additional $5,000 for optional thesis track.

Admission Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Social Work or related field with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or 80 on a 100 scale

Application Deadline: May 31, 2018

Gain hands-on experience in one of the world’s hubs for crisis and trauma research. The unique stresses of modern life, combined with natural disasters and geopolitical conditions, have led to the rapid growth of the field of crisis and trauma studies. There is a growing need for trained professionals with the knowledge and experience necessary to handle diverse situations. With Israel and Tel Aviv as a living laboratory for research and practice in the field, there is no better place than TAU to gain deeper knowledge and professional competence in this field alongside the world’s leading experts in crisis and trauma studies.


This one-year program is designed to train students to plan and deliver services in a wide range of personal and communal crises, including public disasters created by war, natural disasters, and terrorism, as well as personal crises related to immigration, domestic violence, divorce, illness and bereavement.


The Crisis and Trauma Program will equip its students with the knowledge and skills to act in two main capacities. The first is as first responders, for which they will learn to identify the immediate and long term needs, to carry out initial interventions, and to refer the persons to the appropriate services for further assistance. The other is as psychosocial disaster and crisis intervention managers, for which they will be taught to develop and implement intervention programs for the stricken groups and communities.


Graduates of the program receive an M.A. degree in Social Work (not an MSW).


To learn more about our program, visit our website.


Program Features

The Case of Uganda

We are excited to announce the brand NEW “Case of Uganda” course, a specialized course that will give students a unique opportunity to learn about Uganda and the ongoing challenges it faces. Join the course to find out about international development and on-the-ground social entrepreneurship and to gain invaluable field experience with a focus on NGOs and non-profit organizations.

The course will touch on topics including: the international development processes, human capacity building, volunteering, Ugandan trauma and stressors, community development in developing countries, and organizations in the field of international development in Uganda.

This course will take place during the semester break between the fall and spring semesters in 2018.

*Please note, expenses are in addition to and not included in the program tuition fees.


Hands on experience

The International Program in Crisis & Trauma exposes students to practical aspects of utilizing intervention for crisis and trauma in affected populations. This is done in two methods:


Site Visits course

A year-long course organized around site visits to a range of human service agencies offering counselling, therapy, and support to persons exposed to traumatic stressors. Students learn directly from professionals about the various intervention models they employ. When applicable, students also hear from the organization’s clients about their personal stories and experiences.


Experience in the Field

Throughout the course of two semesters students spend one day every week in an organization (Amcha, TLV Gay Center, Brit-Olam, UNHCR and more) that provides support to individuals, groups, and communities in acute and long-term crisis. During this time, students are exposed to a specific population and organization, plan and design an intervention for the population, and carry it out. Students gain hands on experience in working as psychosocial facilitators and coordinators.


Career Success

The program provides graduates with an in-depth knowledge in the field of crisis and trauma, which serves as a strong foundation for careers in governmental and non-governmental organizations around the world that provide services to distressed populations. Graduates are also prepared to take part in developing and operating psycho-educational programs and interventions for affected populations. Graduates draw on skills acquired inside the classroom and beyond when entering or continuing their professional careers.

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