The National School for Training in Rehabilitation and Recovery in Mental Health was established in 2011 at Ono Academic College and operates under the supervision and funding of the Mental Health Division of the Ministry of Health. The school holds courses and training for various rehabilitation professionals who deal with the field of mental health (patients and family members, medical, rehabilitation, care professionals, etc.) in order to promote the professional quality of employees. At the basis of the school’s learning is the belief in the ability of a person with a psychiatric disability to heal, integrate and live a meaningful life in his or her community. At the basis of the rehabilitation work is the perception that continuous learning, updating, and knowledge are the core of the process. Therefore, in addition to courses and training, the school deals with the promotion, expansion, and marketing of the subject of rehabilitation in mental health in Israel and around the world. The school maintains an active library on the subject and also deals with monitoring, evaluation, and feedback on various existing training programs.

The school’s raison d’etre is instilling the values ​​of rehabilitation, integration, and recovery. It builds, develops, and promotes training and learning processes for transferring knowledge, values, perceptions, and skills in the field of mental health rehabilitation. Its work implements recovery-promoting interventions for patients, families, professionals, and rehabilitation workers. To this end, the school maintains collaborations with a wide range of institutions, including higher education programs in Israel and around the world and bodies that support rehabilitation and recovery. The school will expand its collaborations in the coming years.

In recent years, the school’s activities focused on multiculturalism. It held special courses and workshops for Arab society and the ultra-Orthodox sector. Also, starting this year, the school has set itself the goal of expanding the ranks of learners from the mental health treatment system.

The entire therapeutic-rehabilitative community is required during this period to create orderly work interfaces, communication, and mutual learning in order to pool resources and improve, enable,  promote, and establish processes of treatment, rehabilitation, integration, and recovery for those dealing with mental disability and their families.

As part of a policy based on the principles of the care-rehabilitation continuum, we believe that values, approaches, and professional tools should be the common domain of service consumers, professionals, and family members.


The School Offers Multiple Programs of Study, Designed for a Diverse Audience

  • Job-based courses: Designed for various workers in Israel’s mental health rehabilitation system, such as: basic training for rehabilitation unit managers, training for professional workers/ coordinators of rehabilitation programs, training for rehabilitation instructors, training course for instructors (supervision) in the rehabilitation system, and more.
  • Courses for training, instruction, and assimilation of rehabilitative interventions that promote recovery in mental health and are intended for professional rehabilitation personnel and employees in the treatment system. These include: a course for training, instruction, and assimilation of an intervention to reduce self-stigma (NECT), activation and assimilation of a disease management and recovery program (IMR), evidence-based intervention in mental health rehabilitation, and dynamic cognitive intervention (DCI).
  • Training for those who have acquired knowledge from experience (former TSN course): Courses that equip people who face a psychiatric disability to work as rehabilitation and service providers in the mental health rehabilitation system.
  • Courses for training parents, family members, and caregivers: Keshet course, for communication in a cognitive-dynamic way, which teaches family members effective communication inside and outside the family for advocacy before the health, welfare, and state systems. Instructor courses for the Keshet program. In addition, in the coming years, we plan to develop additional courses according to the needs of family members.
  • Short-term workshops on various topics: During the school year, focused workshops are held on topics that are relevant and new to rehabilitation work. For example: a workshop on marital and sexual relationships, a trauma growth workshop, joint decision-making, and health promotion.
  • Dedicated courses: The school develops courses tailored to organizations and institutions that are interested in this area so that they may deepen the perception of recovery and improve the care and rehabilitation services provided to the populations suffering from various disabilities.


The school conducts various studies and training in several areas of the country: at Ono Academic College, at its northern campus in Haifa, and at its southern campus in Beer Sheva. Also, as needed, courses are also given elsewhere in the country.

  • The school’s courses are academically monitored closely by Dr. Naomi Hadas Lidor, Director of the National School for Integration and Recovery in Mental Health.
  • Some of the courses are recognized for credit as undergraduate studies in the Department of Education at Ono Academic College.


As stated, in light of the importance of the School of Rehabilitation, the therapeutic-rehabilitation continuum, and the promotion of dialogue between the community rehabilitation system and the treatment system, professional workers from the treatment system (hospitals, mental health clinics, and HMOs) are invited to join the courses, based on availability. In some situations, 70% of the course costs are subsidized.

Between 2011 and 2018, the school held courses and workshops in which more than 4,000 students studied, including people from the various professions involved in professional rehabilitation, consumers, families, and workers from the treatment system – hospitals and mental health clinics.

In addition, courses were held in collaboration with JDC Israel, with the community centers, with Clalit Health Fund, and more.

We see compatible and up-to-date training of professionals engaged in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation as a necessary condition for the provision of quality and effective services. The National School of Rehabilitation Training Integration and recovery in mental health serves as a value-based, perceptual, theoretical, and applied basis for the training and guidance of professionals as mental health rehabilitation professionals and thus provides a foundation for promoting and improving service quality for the well-being of the person with mental disability and family members.


Management of the National School for Rehabilitation, Integration, and Recovery in Mental Health:

  • Dr. Naomi Hadas Lidor, Director
  • Ms. Orly Oren, Deputy Principal
  • Dr. Sarah Daas-Iraqi, Development Manager
  • Ms. Tamar Deborah, Administrative Assistant
  • Ms. Meital Cohen, Student Secretary


Headquarters of the Rehabilitation Division, Mental Health Division, Ministry of Health:

  • Ms. Ronit Dudai, National Rehabilitation Commissioner
  • Dr. Vered Blush-Kleinman, Director of Senior Training, Training, Research, and Quality Development


More Information about the School

  • To view the Rehabilitation Convention – click here >>
  • To view the Rehabilitation School newsletter – click here >>
  • To watch videos of the School of Rehabilitation – click here >>
  • To register for the courses – click here >>
  • To contact us, you can send an email to the Rehabilitation School or to Ms. Tamar Deborah: or, Phone: 03-7382218