The Rehabilitation Psychology Track trains rehabilitation psychologists to provide treatment for people in challenging situations resulting from a range of circumstances, such as developmental problems, medical and psychiatric illnesses, physical injuries and head trauma. A central focus of the Rehabilitation Psychology Track is to provide psychological services to underserved populations in need of rehabilitation including, among others, adults with developmental disabilities, the elderly, young offenders, drug addicts and prisoners.
The clinical rehabilitation approaches taught are varied and allow for the implementation of both targeted and short-term interventions, as well as long-term and in-depth treatment. They aim to assist clients to realize their full potential alongside their limitations and to return to maximal functioning on the personal, family, social and occupational levels.
The track provides up-to-date theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills for diagnostic and therapeutic work with these populations. To this end, emphasis is placed on interviewing techniques, psychopathology and diagnostics. In addition, students attend seminars aimed at developing a deeper understanding of specific target populations. These include seminars on rehabilitation of persons with psychiatric illness, persons with developmental disabilities, children and youth with illness or disability, psychological and therapeutic principles in young offenders and prisoners, drug addicts and more.
The program also provides training in personality and neuropsychological evaluations and psychological treatments of a psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and integrated orientation. The program trains therapists to promote the client’s ability to fully utilize the resources at his/her disposal in order to be able to reintegrate into society. In addition, students acquire the ability to critically look at these processes through the lens of theoretical and practical research.
Students participate in a 12-month practical field placement. The practicum takes place in a variety of hospitals and institutions including Sheba Medical Center, Hadassah Hospital, Schneider Children’s Hospital, Reut Hospital, Ma’ane, Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital, Mizra Medical Center, Rambam Hospital, Soroka Hospital, Lev Hasharon Medical Center and others. Throughout the practicum, students receive regular supervision from psychologists who specialize in the field.
Graduates are ultimately integrated into the workforce in general and rehabilitation hospitals, hospitals for the chronically mentally ill, the prison system, nursing homes, hostels, special education schools and institutions for youth in distress. They also engage in rehabilitation work in the private sector after completing their licensure.