Program Highlights

The program provides healthcare professionals with personal and professional development from the best lecturers in Israel.
The specialization supports an in-depth, multidisciplinary approach to health and disability research and provides its graduates with tools for assessment, treatment, and training for diverse demographics in the field of mental health in the community.
The program is led by a multidisciplinary team from a variety of healthcare professions with an emphasis on knowledge sharing and interdisciplinary dialogue among students coming from diverse fields of care.


Are you already a member of a therapeutic profession and are looking to take the next step to expand your knowledge, get to know cutting-edge research, and develop your skills in the latest treatment and rehabilitation methods? An M.A. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences specializing in Mental Health in the Community lets you achieve professional development and help your patients in new ways.


  • The only degree program of its kind in Israel.
  • The program covers important areas of research in the clinical field among therapists and researchers from diverse health professions.
  • Interdisciplinary and innovative learning that covers the full variety of fields encompassing practice and research in healthcare professions.
  • Our courses are taught by leading lecturers from a variety of healthcare professions with an emphasis on expanding available knowledge.
  • The program trains therapists to expand their perspectives regarding patients and their environment and to understand difficulties and limitations in a more integrative way.
  • Students develop tools for a systemic and multi-team perspective that allow them to initiate and lead programs and teams as therapists in the workplace.
  • A multidisciplinary perspective enables students to develop programs relevant to a patient’s therapeutic world.
  • The head of the program is Prof. Naomi Hadas Lidor, founder and academic advisor of the National School for Rehabilitation, Integration and Recovery in Mental Health and specialist in dynamic cognitive therapy and rehabilitation in the community.

The goal of this new specialization is to expand the attitudes, perceptions, knowledge, and skills of students while emphasizing rehabilitative, social, legal, and ethical aspects of treatment, rehabilitation, and integration of the many individuals dealing with various mental states.

Specialization courses in mental health will be integrated into the M.A. degree studies in health and rehabilitation sciences. In the specialization program, students will work with experts in the field of mental health in the community and study central topics throughout the field.


Among the lecturers:

Prof. Naomi Hadas Lidor, Dr. Sara Deas Iraqi, Dr. Yael Mazor, Dr. Dorit Redlich, Dr. Neta Galamidi, Dr. Renana Elran, Ms. Andrea Rappaport, Prof. Max Lachman, Mr. Avi Oren, and more.


Among the courses:

The Family’s Point of View – From Invisibility to Partnership – Prof. Naomi Hadas Lidor and Dr. Neta Galamidi – The course addresses different approaches in dealing with a family with mental illness, in the ways of intervention, accompaniment, and support for the family. The course combines the sharing of personal experiences of an individual from a family with mental illness alongside theoretical lectures.

To Listen and Learn – Dr. Renana Elran and Prof. Max Lachman – In this course, students learn to listen and understand information from experience. The course will bring students together with members of families affected by mental illness who will tell you about their personal journey from disease to recovery.

Different Perspectives on Trauma – Dr. Yael Mazor – Studies show that many of those dealing with mental illnesses and mental disorders have experienced trauma in the past, often suffering from post-traumatic symptoms that affect rehabilitation and recovery. However, studies also show that post-traumatic growth, promoting meaning in life, and increasing the ability to cope are all viable processes in mental health treatment. Students learn how these processes depend on aspects related to a person, their environment, their rehabilitation, and the processes used in rehabilitation work.

Circles of Hope – Dr. Dorit Redlich Amirav – In this course, we will look at hope as a concept and how hope affects daily practices in our work throughout the circle of life. In various studies in the fields of philosophy, psychology, religion, health, and education, it was found that hope is essential and fundamental in human development processes. During the course, students will learn about hope in theory, research, and practice. This is an interactive course where students will enrich their toolbox with understanding and methods for working with hope in a clinical setting.

Dynamic Cognitive Intervention – From Theory to Practice – Prof. Naomi Hadas Lidor and Andrea Rappaport – The Dynamic Cognitive Intervention (DCI), founded by Prof. Naomi Hadas Lidor and her team, is a development and expansion of Prof. Feuerstein’s concept of “Structural Cognitive Change” and the mediation approach. In the course, students will become familiar with the principles of mediation, diagnosis, and dynamic cognitive intervention and will learn how to use diverse tools from the LPAD and instrumental enrichment, as well as how to integrate dynamic cognitive components into their work and with other tools.

Different Perspectives on Rehabilitation, Integration, and Recovery – From Theory to Practice – Dr. Sara Deas Iraqi, Prof. Naomi Hadas Lidor, and guest lecturers – Students learn how mental illnesses are manifested in the daily life of the patient and their family, and are introduced to the concept of recovery, what it is, different aspects of recovery (medical, clinical, social, functional, and personal), environments that promote recovery, social integration, stigma, exposure to interventions that promote recovery, enabling and hindering factors, the model of forces, learning from successes, and more.


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I Believe
Prof. Naomi Hadas Lidor Head of the program
I believe that those of you who want to contribute to society will enjoy this interdisciplinary gathering and benefit from it. I have no doubt that the language, tools, and skills you will acquire will expand your world in general and increase the possibilities and job opportunities that will open up for you.

Our Program Graduates Speak

As of October 2023, the program is moving to a new and luxurious campus at Savion Junction.
The program requires one concentrated study day per week, providing an opportunity for students to work during their studies.
Learn from leading lecturers throughout health professions with an emphasis on sharing knowledge and fostering dialogue with colleagues from different fields of care.

Study Days and Placement

More About the Program

During the program, you will meet therapists from different backgrounds who treat diverse populations spanning a variety of ages. This provides a practical opportunity to further your understanding and develop your knowledge and experience. You’ll be exposed to the diverse and constantly evolving roles that mental health workers play in the community.

Program studies include practical work.

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