From Crisis to Growth – A Resilience Prevention Program Based on 3RD Wave CBT and Body Work Integration

Prof. Daniel Hamiel
1-day Workshop
April 12


The objective of this workshop is to describe a preventive program to enhance resilience in the community. The program is delivered by mediators in different community settings: in the education setting, in the medical primary care clinics, hospitals, universities, institutions for the elderly and more. The interventions are based on a program originally implemented in schools to prepare children to cope with routine and traumatic stressors. During 2009-2018, the School Resilience Program trained thousands of teachers and counselors in Israel, to take responsibility to deliver resilience- and trauma-focused interventions. During 2004-2018, the School Resilience Program trained thousands of teachers and counselors in Israel, to deliver resilience- and trauma-focused interventions to their students. To this day, about 700.000 children have participated nationwide. Recently, the program has been endorsed by the Ministry of Education to be part of the regular curriculum of every school in Israel. An advantage of the program is the ecological use of the class setting and the teachers as “clinical mediators”, and the dissemination of simple but effective clinically-informed methods to help children confront everyday stressors and process feelings and experiences.

Techniques found effective in the therapeutic setting mainly the 3rd wave CBT, have been “translated” into educational didactics to be used easily by teachers and students. The program integrates emotional, physiological and cognitive behavioral techniques as well as methods to regulate the focus of attention (e.g., mindfulness) within a broader conceptualization of the concept of “control”. The physiological or the body work part in the program is extremely important and served as the basis for every healthy cognitive and emotional new step in it. The students practice the techniques with daily stressors as a method of “immunization” for possible future severe challenges. This workshop, therefore, should be understood as part of a current innovative psycho-social approach to psychotherapy, directed to address masses of people who might need psychological assistance, based on principles of the 3rd wave of CBT and of Low Intensity CBT Interventions (LICBT-I). A series of empirical studies has shown the effectiveness of the program concerning the children’s functioning, the teachers’ self-efficacy and pedagogical performance, and the classroom atmosphere. For example, in children trained before or after traumatic exposure (e.g. missiles attacks, war, earthquake), the program was effective in reducing by 50% their symptoms of post-trauma, anxiety, fears, school and sleeping difficulties, compared with children who had not participate in the program. Based on this program we have developed and implemented resilience enhancement programs for different age groups and different populations (e.g., for parents and educational staff of infants in day-care centers, for parents and educational staff of autistic kids, for adolescents at risk in boarding schools, for students in the first year in the university, for primary care patients by their physicians, For the physicians themselves, and for the elderly (delivered by volunteers) to cope with the challenges of this age. We already adapted the intervention to different cultures (Orthodox religious Jews, Israeli Muslims, Refugees from Africa, and the program is now under research in Norway. I will review the theoretical background and emphasize on practicing the various techniques and learn how to implement the program in different setting.

This workshop is an experiential one. The participants will learn the theoretical background of the intervention, they will practice the techniques and learn how to implement different modalities of the intervention in different age groups and populations.


Learning Objectives

  • To understand the theoretical background of the prevention and the different Resilience Programs.
  • learn how to implement the principles and techniques with individuals and groups in different settings.
  • To learn how to implement the program following daily life and traumatic stressors.

About Prof. Daniel Hamiel

Danny Hamiel is a Professor at the psychology department at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzlia, a leading academic institute in Israel. He is the head of the CBT Unit, Tel-Aviv Community Mental Health Center and the director of the prevention intervention unit of the Cohen Harris Resilience Center. This intervention has been endorsed by the Ministry of Education to be part of the regular curriculum of every school in Israel. Prof. Hamiel teaches CBT workshops worldwide. He is involved in developing and performing resilience programs in the community: In primary care clinics, with the elderly and in schools. He is a leading figure in developing the low intensity CBT interventions done by moderators, so evidence based simple psychological interventions become more available for the community.