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University Joins War on Drugs,
Campaign Is Integral to Interdisciplinary Clinical Center’s Service

The signs suddenly popped up around Haifa like mushrooms. And it was a poisonous mushroom of sorts that they were warning against and offering help to combat its effect—drugs.

Making use of a play on words in the Hebrew, the sign, which was directed at “students and youngsters 18+,” declared: “Drugs—there is an end to it.” Or, by switching the first letter in the first word with another having the same sound, “Putting an end to it.”
The University’s Interdisciplinary Clinical Center, based in the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies, had enlisted in the war on growing drug abuse in Israel. It held out the prospect of counseling and therapy to users who had not yet become addicts, but faced the danger if they continued to “experiment” with drugs. Those who called the number listed were assured full discretion and secrecy.

The drug campaign is being waged in cooperation with the Haifa and national War on Drugs Authority.
The appeals to youth to cease drug use and to come to the campus for help clearly manifest the motto of this unique Clinical Center, “reachingthe community.” According to Dr. Rivka Yahav, who heads the facility, the Clinical Center operates several other distinctive projects directed at the community at large and intended to reduce to gaps. All of its projects, she stressed, combine treatment and guidance, on the one hand, and research, on the other. This approach is part of the center’s unique interdisciplinary nature.

Yahav said that the center initiated community-wide projects only when they did not already exist in the community. “We don’t want to compete,” she added to clarify the facility’s guideline.
One such project, “found nowhere else in the world,” she pointed out with a certain pride, is called “Parents, Children, and Their Interaction.” Intended for pregnant women and parents who are planning to have a child, the project follows the family from a woman’s pregnancy through the child’s first year of life with counseling and advice provided by an interdisciplinary developmental team. Parents learn how to cope with the changes that a baby goes through and to focus attention on the child and his/her needs—from dealing psychologically and practically with the combination of motherhood and career to successful diapering, as it were.

One of the objectives of the close escort of the new family is to reduce both post-partum depression among mothers and mortality rates among infant. Meetings with parents, conducted in small groups, are held either in neighborhood clinics and centers or at the University in accordance with the participants’ request and involve professionals in the fields of psychotherapy, clinical communication, physiotherapy, and other therapeutic fields.

Another project is the search for children in nursery schools who suffer from language, sensomotory, emotional, and social problems. The project’s pro-active approach involves the pre-screening of nursery schools in distressed neighborhoods. Parents of children with such problems receive guidance on dealing with the problems and referrals for appropriate treatment and care. Appropriately enough, the project is called “Diagnosing Problematic Children.”
Still other Clinical Center projects and workshops involve preparing children and their parents for first grade, reducing stress and fear among adolescents, helping parents of teenagers deal with their adolescents, and training sight-impaired and blind volunteers to assist newly blind persons. According to Yahav, special projects are financed by research grants; workshops and other services may have a fee.

The Interdisciplinary Clinical Center consists of a number of institutes: Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychosocial Therapy, Institute for the Aging(Aged) Population, Institute for Physiotherapy, Institute for Human Services, Clinical Institute for Diagnosis and Treatment of Communication, Language, Speech, and Hearing Disorders, Institute for Occupational Therapy, and the Carten Institute for Computer and Technology Uses for the Disabled (blind, deaf, and others). Their synergy leads to more fruitful research and, as a consequence, improved treatment in the various clinical areas.

In This Issue:

President’s Focus - Battling Unjust Resolutions

Prof. Azy Barak’s SAHAR Offers a Vital Virtual Shoulder to Those with Nowhere Else to Turn

University Joins War on Drugs,
Campaign Is Integral to Interdisciplinary Clinical Center’s Service

Kidma Project Helps Students Face Their Identities

University Will Not Be Silent in Face of UK Boycott

Anat Liberman Is New External Relations Head

Prof. Majid Al-Haj to Be New Dean of Research

Prof. Sophia Menache – New Dean of Graduate Studies

Prof. Menachem Mor—Dean of Humanities

Virtual Open House Proves a Big Hit

Students Have an Address for Complaints: Professor Schatzker, Their Ombudsman

Computer Science and Occupational Therapy Team Up for Virtual Reality Conference
Student Develops Innovative Technology to Deal with Post-Traumatic Stress

Giora Lehavi: His Job Is to Check on Quality Management, and Other Standards

University’s Sports Teams Prove a Winner in More Ways than One

Student Publishes His Road to Wisdom

Honors and Awards

Mother and Son—in utero—Studied Hebrew at University’s Summer Ulpan

University’s China Connection Continues

Unique Algorithm Enables Better Mobile Wireless Communication




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