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    The Invisible Damage: Trauma and Mental Health

    IsraAID Humanitarian Professionals Network Speaker Series

    When: Tuesday, 11/19/2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Where: Off Campus

    OFJCC Palo Alto

    How IsraAID Confronts Trauma-Induced Psychological Distress  

    Speaker: Odelya Kraybil, PhD

    Mental health and psychosocial well-being are among the most critical and perhaps the least obvious considerations in humanitarian response. Those affected by a disaster or traumatic incident—whether survivors, witnesses or responders—may confront new challenges long after the initial traumatic experience ends.

    Gain an understanding of the unique IsraAID community-based approach to psychosocial programs. Learn the basics of psychological first aid and the key concepts of psychosocial support. Identify the three stages of trauma response: psychological first aid, psychosocial support and trauma processing. Participants will come away with a candid assessment of the global mental health landscape and an appreciation for IsraAID's avant-garde solutions in this realm.

    Odelya Kraybil, PhD, was born and raised in Israel. Her personal journey as a trauma survivor led her to become a trauma specialist: an integrative psychotherapist specializing in trauma response and therapy. From 1998 to 2004, Odelya served as a development professional and peace activist at the Peres Center for Peace, a leading Israeli NGO established by former President of Israel and Nobel Peace Laureate Simon Peres.

    Odelya has worked with IsraAID in Africa and the Philippines for several years as a trauma therapist. During her tenure with IsraAID, Odelya served as a consultant to the first shelter and therapy center for survivors of gender-based violence complex trauma. Odelya holds a PhD in expressive therapies from Lesley University.

    In partnership with IsraAid, the OFJCC, PJCC and Peninsula congregations. Generously supported by the Koret Foundation and the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund.


    Tuesday, November 19
    7:00–9:00 PM
    Peninsula Jewish Community Center | 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City
    $18 Suggested Donation | Proceeds will support IsraAID programs worldwide | Pay at the Door
    Contact: Robin Vasilakos | (650) 223-8791 | [email protected]


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