The Mifrasim ("sails") Institute for Addiction Prevention is an applied institute promoting research, teaching and training on addictive and suicidal behaviors, while providing services to populations in need. The Institute is part of the MTA School of Behavioral Sciences.
Research at the Institute
Research at the institute centers on underlying conditions leading to the development of dangerous behaviors, including addictions, substance abuse and suicidality, especially among at-risk youth, and children of addictive parents. This research develops and improves integrative intervention approaches that address the complexity of factors contributing to such behaviors, rather than focus on the symptoms, and thus offers better prevention and mitigation methods and more flexible treatment, suited for the needs of every patient.
Mifrasim staff and fellows, and students at the institute, provide preventive and therapeutic services to hundreds of patients, and works with local teachers to help identify first signs of dangerous behaviors in youth. The institute collaborates with public health, mental health and social services and institutions.
Training at the Institute
Masters students at the MTA School of Behavioral Sciences can choose a concentration of courses in integrative psychotherapy, which combines theoretical courses, service-learning courses in the community, and guided field-work at the Mifrasim institute.
The institute also holds seminars for mental-health professionals, and intends to open a continuing-studies program for experienced psychologists and therapists.
The institute is directed by Dr. Sharon Ziv-Beiman, a clinical psychologist and faculty member at the MTA School of Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Ziv-Beiman is the co-founder of The Center for Relational Psychotherapy and of the Israel Psychotherapy Association, Director of the Sadot Institute for Psychological Services, and board member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.