Israeli trauma experts helped the counselor in parkland, fla.


(CNN) on a recent afternoon, in the northern town of Israel Alon HaGalil a clinical psychologist and former Israeli special forces Yotam Dagan worry about Florida Parkland for Stoneman Douglas, high school students will be how to deal with the next school held a fire drill.
“Without any preparation or early warning, the bell will be reactivated trauma response,” tell me duggan, remember on February 14, in the school massacre in 17 innocent people striker is said to have pulled the fire alarm will empty classroom. “There will be a crash, there will be panic.”
To help avoid these triggers the reason for this is that was at the root and the other a psychologist from tel aviv to London recently, Miami and teacher, counselor, emergency workers, clergy and others meet, from Israel in the rich experience of terrorism and war draw experiences and lessons from the practice.
“It’s not like Israel knows what’s going on in the United States,” says psychologist Alan Cohen, a travel colleague from dagan. “But we have more practical experience to incorporate them into a coherent plan.”
Both are members of the Israel trauma coalition, a member of an ngo and government organization that is committed to using the knowledge gained in the country and sharing knowledge with others around the world.
In March 2011, the team sent a delegation to Japan to help trauma experts advise survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. After typhoon yolanda attacked the Philippines in November 2013, a team arrived. After the 2015 earthquake, Israeli trauma experts have been sent to war-torn Ukraine and Nepal. On February 25, dugan and cohn landed in Miami to help the survivors of parkland high school.
Cohen lives in Kiryat Shmona, a town in northern Israel. In April 1974, terrorists attacked the liberation of the Palestinian people’s front, where 18 civilians were killed, nine of them children. Cohen didn’t move there until 10 years later, but he insisted that it left a psychological imprint on the still-existing town.
“People don’t feel safe at home for generations,” he told me.
Northern Israel has faced general instability and conflict for decades: Lebanon’s rockets in the 1970s and 1980s, nearby military operations and the 2006 war with Lebanon.
According to Cohen, other activities in the area left scars. On February 4, 1997, two Israeli CH – 53 sikorsky transport helicopter during a trip to southern Lebanon “safe haven” of Israel collided, killing all 73 Israeli soldiers on board. More than a month later, on March 14, 80 seventh and eighth graders were visiting the Jordan valley and the golan heights in a popular tourist destination called peace island. A Jordanian soldier opened fire with his m-16 automatic rifle, killing seven female students.
“We also had a school massacre,” he recalls.
On the ground of Parkland.
For the first time, Cohen and dagan met with the jewish family service in broward county, keeping them in touch with other community organizations, charities and health professionals. Their first meeting was in a local school with about 60 consultants, psychologists and teachers. In addition to share their expertise on how to mobilize resources and based on the existing in the county, the people of Israel also talked about how to identify the local residents may need help.

Cohen explains that the most obvious are those who are geographically related to traumatic events – those who live in schools and their families and surrounding areas. Those with social ties to trauma are less obvious: children and families across the community may not be crying out for help. Those who had a psychological connection with the event included those who had been in school before, those who were the same age as the victims, and those who had suffered similar losses.
“They may suffer,” Cohen notes. “In silence.”
Broward county chief psychologist and jewish family service director of clinical training Jessica j. ruiz praised the two men Shared the Israeli “generations” and “ripple effect” of knowledge. “They themselves face trauma, they know how to look at people living through these events, and have resilience and strength to live a meaningful life.”
It is important that everyone should hear that it is perfectly normal for the human body to respond to trauma. “We can get rid of any threats,” she told me. “Even if the lion is not in front of you or the shooter is not in the building, your body remains alert when you walk away.” The body has calmed down over time, but in the world we live in – social media, television – our bodies may be triggered to think that trauma is happening again. Constant vigilance threatens to undermine our relationship with others, and the effect could be even worse for children who may have dropped out.
Cohen and dagan were able to see the impact of their expertise on most of Israel’s population over the course of decades, sometimes unpredictable. Not only does post-traumatic stress disorder appear in places that may not be expected, but it also increases stress levels, leading to drug abuse or relationship problems that affect the next generation.
The other part of their teaching content is geared to the needs of the community leader: how important is their visibility, not just talking about what happened, but also illustrates the community is how to solve the problem. Dagan and Cohen cite the popularity and candor of Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, in the wake of the September 11 attacks, defining the importance of the leaders’ out-of-the-way talks.
“Most people just want to stay at home,” Mr. Dagan said. “Someone has to go out.”
Dagan told me that most of the world’s knowledge of post-traumatic stress disorder is developed in the United States.
“But in Israel,” he said, “because we are a small country – in the past seventy years, war, terrorist, suicide bombers, the lone Wolf and knife between killer – we have no choice, only take what we learned from the United States, and is applied to make our community resumed as soon as possible and restore normal daily life. ”
Two weeks after the incident, Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school children returned to school. Mr. Dagan says Israeli society encourages attempts to do so in a normal state faster than that.


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