Therapeutic or Psychological Dialogue Workshops

The Center for a Shared Society at Givat Haviva A Relational Approach to Dialogue and its Implementation in Fostering Jewish-Arab Partnerships. Facilitated by Dr. Ran Kutner, academic advisor to Givat Haviva and senior lecturer in the University of Haifa’s Peace and Conflict Management program. The Center for a Shared Society aims to create an accepting and united society, by galvanizing divided communities for collective action. This workshop presented the Relational Approach to dialogue, which originated from psychoanalysis and emphasizes the role of relationships to the human soul). This includes practicing mindfulness, to cultivate awareness of one’s body and the feelings that emerge “here and now.” These methods aim to bring the you-I relationship to the fore (Buber), while recognizing the […]

A Relational Approach to Dialogue and its Implementation in Fostering Jewish-Arab ...

The Ministry of Education’s Counseling Psychological Services (CPS) Facilitated by Hyam Tannous and Irit Leviatan, Educational counselors and formerly regional CPS supervisors. The narrative approach enables a “life story,” which serves as a tool for developing intercultural dialogue. It aims to instill skills for listening, while fostering protected discourse on controversial topics. Thus, it is extremely relevant to Israeli society, which comprises different, tension-ridded sectors. First and foremost, by fostering dialogue that provides space for a multiplicity and diversity of opinions, with an emphasis on the personal-human story, the “other’s” narrative. The “other” is seen as strong and unique – not from a critical or judgmental point of view, but rather as emerges from the narrative. The technique for managing […]

The Narrative Approach

Besod Siach (The Association of Dialogue between Groups in Conflict) The Tavistock Method Facilitated by Ruth Duek, a senior clinical psychologist, and Miriam Fruchtman, an organizational and educational counselor. Besod Siach (The Association of Dialogue between Groups in Conflict) works to promote dialogue among all sectors of Israeli society. The organization, which was founded in 1992 by group psychologists from the political right and left, is based on the Tavistock method, which utilizes group relations and systemic approaches. The Tavistock method examines group relations, with an emphasis on the individual and their role in the group/organization, while addressing both conscious and unconscious factors that influence the individual and group and affect their success in reaching pre-defined goals. The workshop presented […]

The Tavistock Method

The Satir Group at the Ramle Open House The Virginia Satir Model:  Advancing Jewish-Arab Partnerships and Understanding Facilitated by Tali Aharony and Gila Cohen, clinical psychologists and family and relationship counselors. The Satir model was developed as a tool for family therapy and is centered on the belief that the individual can change (STST – Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy). The Ramle Open House, a community center for co-existence, uses this model to advance partnerships and understanding between the city’s Jewish and Arab residents. The workshop outlined the model’s tenets, which participants applied through a group exercise. Two aspects of the model are especially relevant to groups in conflict. Establishing and strengthening one’s sense of self-worth: Vital individuals are much better […]

The Virginia Satir Model: Advancing Jewish-Arab Partnerships and Understanding