CSPC activities during the iron-swords-war

Professor Mooli Lahad founded the “Community Stress Prevention Center” (CSPC) in 1981 at the northern confrontation line of Israel, pioneering psychosocial preparation for emergencies. As a global leader in community stress prevention, CSPC has played a crucial role in developing intervention, treatment, and recovery methodologies.

CSPC is a renowned NGO actively training and addressing emergencies, crises, and disasters worldwide. Locally, we collaborate with government ministries, municipalities, and communities, and internationally, we’ve contributed to major recovery efforts, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, the economic crisis in Greece, and responses to terrorist attacks.

Efforts to enhance resilience involve collaborations with municipal authorities and government agencies. CSPC established remote therapeutic assistance centers, providing counseling in various languages and leading psycho-social assistance during emergencies.

Emergency Activities During the War:

Resilience Centers

Galilee East and West provide emergency mental support to half a million residents in the northern conflict zone.

The Evacuation Centers

provide psychosocial services in over a hundred hotels nationwide and aim to expand the response by employing additional psychosocial coordinators. In addition, we collaborate with organizations that assist in preventing and treating antisocial phenomena in affected communities through strengthening local leadership.

Professional Helplines 

provide focused treatment for anxiety and trauma, remotely assisting thousands of people in Hebrew, Arabic, English, and Russian. They operate 18 hours a day and offer continuous support to those who need ongoing therapy and personal guidance.

Wide-Scale Mental Support

Assisting children, families, soldiers, and professionals, we’ve expanded our training system to address the shortage of mental health professionals.

Training Initiatives

We trained therapy teams, educated educational teams, and provided ongoing advice to government ministries.

Trauma Support for Children (Puppetherapy)

Meetings to prevent PTDS in early childhood using puppet theater for children from the south and their parents. Hundreds of displaced families from the south participated in workshops nationwide, and a program is being developed for displaced families in Eilat.

Mental Support for Immigrants and Refugees

Individual therapy and resilience workshops for children, youth, and adults in various languages such as English, French, Russian, Amharic, and Spanish, with 183 hours of therapy provided to refugees from Ukraine. Additionally, dozens of weekly workshops were held for the teams of the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, and further training for employees will take place.

Mental Support for Arab Society

These days, we are expanding and making our services more accessible while deepening partnerships and providing professional mental support for coping in Arab society. We provide services tailored to the linguistic and cultural context, from children to adults, and operate a professional therapy helpline in Arabic. We train experts in trauma treatment, conduct workshops for social workers and professionals, and produce materials for times of emergency.

Ongoing Research

we continue our ongoing efforts to explore the effectiveness of PTSD treatments and map resilience factors. The research unit monitors the effectiveness of the treatment provided through the helplines, emphasizing reducing acute stress symptoms. We are also participating in a study examining integrative treatments of professionals from various fields in evacuation centers.

We are operating the two CSPC resilience centers, the government and the municipalities along the entire northern border of Lebanon – Syria, as well as various nationwide assistance programs encompassing diverse responses throughout the country, with an emphasis on the residents of the northern conflict line, war refugees across the country, tourists, evacuees, providing training and tools for private and professional factors, and readiness for the possibility of military expansion northward. We are also operating a professional assistance helpline for residents of the northern conflict line, who have already responded to hundreds of requests that are escalating from moment to moment and are expected to reach thousands of residents in Hebrew, Arabic, English, and Russian to assist anxiety victims in a dispersed geographical – frontline and remote through the available organizational teams and others we have recruited and trained for this exact situation. We tirelessly work with professionally trained therapists in the resilience centers and our assistance lines to provide emergency responses and crisis intervention.

We conduct emotional support groups for thousands of parents of children in Hebrew and Arabic and groups for parents of soldiers on the front lines. We also train educators from eastern Galilee and other groups for various populations throughout the country.

Additionally, we create, distribute, and manage clear and concise materials for self-help and family assistance following the situation, available in multiple languages through the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDFhgToAnD8

Tools for self-help and family assistance in various languages. Separately, we have also distributed an animated video for children and families that explains everyone’s coping abilities, how to identify them, and what can be done – in the following link: BASIC PH – Coping Channels for Children and Family.

The resilience centers on the northern conflict line under our operation assist about 40 authorities and hundreds of settlements with approximately half a million residents from all linguistic and religious backgrounds. The centers continue to operate at full strength to assist in various therapeutic responses, treatment for anxiety sufferers, parent groups, assistance, and support for citizens and municipalities.

We provide emergency aid for operations that are not part of the northern resilience centers: assistance to the north and the entire country in the development, design, translation, and distribution of materials and videos; responding to municipalities, communities, hospitals, educational institutions, private and public organizations; assistance to evacuees nationwide, and more.

At this stage, we see it fitting to prepare for comprehensive psychosocial rehabilitation, including assistance to communities and government offices regarding the affected individuals and their families (beyond their capabilities), nationwide support in leading extensive community recovery processes, and more.

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