Uncharted Territory: Treating the Trauma Victims of Hamas

Join us on Thursday, January 18th to hear firsthand how members of the Hebrew University’s Paul Baerwald School of Social Work are helping to treat the trauma victims of Hamas.


PROF. ASHER BEN-ARIEH, Dean of the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, holds the Haruv Chair for the Study of Child Maltreatment at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he is a Professor of Social Work. He has published extensively on children’s well-being, with a concentration on the indicators of children’s well-being and child maltreatment. He is also the founding editor-in-chief of the Child Indicators Research Journal and the Child Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series. Currently, Prof. Ben-Arieh is one of the principal investigators of the International Study of Children’s Well-being research project.

PROF. OFRIT SHAPIRA-BERMAN from the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work is a trained psychoanalyst and an expert in the long-term treatment of complex trauma with over 30 years of experience. In 2022, she authored the book Psychoanalysis and Maternal Absence: From the Traumatic to Faith and Trust. Currently, Prof. Shapira-Berman is heading the mental health department at First Line Med—a medical and therapeutic organization for the victims of October 7th and their families. In recent months, she has been featured across media outlets, both internationally and in Israel. From broadcast interviews with Katie Couric and CNN, to contributions to Time magazine and The Times of Israel, her expertise has been highly sought and regarded.