The International MA Program in Crisis and Trauma

Tel Aviv University

Program Description

The International MA Program in Crisis and Trauma

Tel Aviv University

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 a 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 by two methods:

Site Visits course

A year-long course organized around site visits to a range of human service agencies offering counseling, 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.


The total requirement for the M.A. degree is 36 hours for the entire 3-semester program:

Compulsory Courses: 30 hours

Elective Courses: 6 hours

Field Experience: One day per week


  • The Case of Uganda / Tamar Dekel
  • The psychological toll of traumatic events: theoretical & conceptual aspects /Dr. Ruvie Rogel
  • Social policy aspects of coping with long-term stress/ Dr. Yossi Korazim
  • Site Visits/ Ms. Yael Goor
  • Research Paradigms & Methods/ Prof. Einat Peled
  • Dealing with stressful & traumatic situations: basic intervention skills/ Dr. Rony Berger
  • Evaluation of Social Services/ Dr. Avital Kaye-Tzadok
  • Theory & practice od social planning & social management/ Dr. Guy Shilo
  • Group intervention in stressful situations/ Dr. Rena Feigin
  • The impact of prolonged exposure to disasters on coping resiliency & general wellbeing/ Dr. Avital Kaye-Tzadok
  • Domestic violence-related stress: assessment & intervention/ Prof. Einat Peled
  • Theory & practice of advancing community-based interventions for acute & long-term crisis in underdeveloped countries/ Dr. Mike Naftali
  • Positive psychology interventions: theory & practice/ Prof. Tammie Ronen
  • Ecological Perspectives of Trauma: From the International to the Individual/ Dr. Alana Siegel
  • Innovative interventions in collective traumatic events: hands-on practice & academic knowledge/ Dr. Ruvie Rogel
  • An integrative Scope of the Mind-Body: implications for Stress, Health, and Well-Being/ Dr. Noga Tsur
  • Integrating religion & spirituality into psychotherapy/ Dr. Hisham Abu-Raiya


Application Deadline:

June 30,2017

Admission Requirements for the MA Program:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in Social Sciences or a related field.
  • Grade point average of 80 (B) or over, or the equivalent for candidates from schools or countries with a different grading system.
  • Prerequisites for conducting a research Master's thesis are basic undergraduate courses in statistics and research methods.

Application Materials:

  • Up-to-date Resume.
  • Transcript with official seal and signature from each college or university attended. Unofficial copies may be submitted pending receipt of official ones.
  • Copy of diplomas.
  • Two letters of recommendation from members of academic or professional institutions, who know the candidate well enough to assess his/her abilities. The letters should be submitted in sealed and signed envelopes, together with the application material.
  • A personal essay stating academic and career objectives: 300-500 words presenting the candidate's purpose and interest in pursuing the MA program in Social Work specializing in Crisis and Trauma studies. Please also refer to the connection between the program and your academic and/or professional experience and aspirations. Please note, that while the degree offered by the program is granted by the Bob Shapell School of Social Work, it is not an MSW degree. Graduates of the program will receive a Master of the Arts (MA) degree.
  • Foreign students who are not native speakers of English and who have not done their undergraduate degree work in English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores with their applications.
  • Medical form signed by a physician.
  • A non-refundable, $100 registration fee, paid by Credit Card or cheque to the order of Tel Aviv University.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2019
3 semesters
18,500 USD
Additional $5,000 for optional thesis track.
Israel - Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District
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