Program Highlights

Gain a degree in behavioral sciences and a professional certificate that allows you to integrate into various work fields of treatment and counseling with diverse populations.
The students in the program will acquire tools for the planned and responsible operation of various cooking activities with added value for developing life skills, social skills, and emotional regulation in the educational and rehabilitation frameworks with adolescent children and adults with special needs.
The studies include a practicum and training


In the last decade, the kitchen – and the craft of cooking, with its cultural characteristics – have held a place of honor in the crackdown of Israeli society’s multicultural and multigenerational connection. The kitchen serves as a magnet that helps reduce gaps; cooking is a bridge to the hearts of children, teenagers, and adults who face various challenges and difficulties.

During the studies, students will experiment with different materials and therapeutic processes in the kitchen through their studies. The students will study central theories that establish the place of food in the infrastructure of the mind and relationships, the place of cooking in the sensorimotor experience, nutrition, and more. The studies include a practicum and training.

The study program for the bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences at Ono Academic College was built from the understanding of the special relationship between the behavioral sciences and the arts – and while examining the interrelationships between them and the behavior of the individual, society, and culture. The program deals with human behavior and is expressed on three parallel levels: the individual (psychology), society (sociology), and culture (anthropology).

The program combines theoretical and practical courses in the dimension of human behavior that is not always verbal and is expressed through the arts.


Among the subjects of study:

  • Anthropology and Israeli Society
  • Ethics in Mental Therapy
  • Come to the Table – The Kitchen as a Multidisciplinary Space of Discourse and Change
  • Sensorimotor Aspects of Eating and Cooking
  • Introduction to Nutrition A –Early Childhood and Childhood 
  • Theory and Intervention Techniques in Cooking
  • Cognitive Aspects of Cooking and Eating
  • The Human Body in the Culinary Therapeutic Environment
  • Introduction to Nutrition B – Adolescents and Adults
  • “Yes” to Playing with Food – Tools for Developing Creativity Through Cooking, and more


Studying with the best lecturers:

  • Program Director: Dr. Daphna Liber
  • Head of the professional certificate: Ayelet Barak Nahum
  • Dr. Hila Haelyon
  • Dr. Tami Yaguri
  • Dr. Tsila Zan Bar
  • Yael Sagi Matkalf
  • Roy Goldberg
  • Shely Talisman
  • Dr. Rachel Hillel Avraham
  • Dr. Nitzan Almog
  • Dr. Revital Eitan


I Believe
Dr. Ayelet Nahum Barak
The kitchen is a space for conversation and change. Graduates of our study program will know how to lead in the kitchen. In the unique curriculum, students will experience the kitchen amongst intimate groups as a therapeutic space and acquire tools to guide emotional and social processes through cooking. Therapeutic and educational kitchens are present in various settings throughout the country: boarding schools, hostels, day centers, and more. They provide an employment framework and development opportunities for the program graduates.

Our Program Graduates Speak

The kitchen is the most accessible place to work on connection, motivation, regulation, and communication. And the therapeutic kitchen is a space for conversation, work, and change to take place.

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