Eleven days in Israel: A unique and innovative experience in teaching trauma practice

  • Marilyn S. Paul Adelphi University
  • Roni Berger Adelphi University
Keywords: intensive study abroad, trauma and multiculturalism, social work study abroad.


In our narratives we share our experiences leading a group of social work and psychology graduate level and continuing education students on an intensive, eleven-day elective course on trauma in the culturally diverse contexts of Israel.  We begin with an introduction about our personal rationale for creating the course, follow with the logistical planning including challenges endured over the nearly two year planning period and our individual reactions to the eleven-day journey, and end with a summary of our students’ and own learning.  We hope that in reading our reflections, others will be inspired toward adventure and will take risks to explore and embark on teaching opportunities outside of the norm.

Author Biographies

Marilyn S. Paul, Adelphi University
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Roni Berger, Adelphi University
Professor, School of Social Work