Terrorism, war, natural disasters, tragedy and bereavement are global phenomena and the Israeli people have more experience than most others. Individuals, families and entire communities are left exposed, vulnerable and fragile. Many are traumatized; they experience distress and disruption; their quality of life is affected as well as their ability to function.
This shared reality is not limited to direct victims but extends to first responders, care givers and policy makers. Over the years, Israel has developed a wide variety of trauma related interventions at all levels. Due to a lack in coordination this plethora of responses had resulted in duplication of services, an inefficient use of resources, and at times even gaps in appropriate responses.
The Israel Trauma Coalition addresses these very issues and ensures not only a comprehensive view of needs but the delivery of a continuum of trauma services in a timely fashion. ITC data collection and prioritization ensures that there is no wastage of resources or duplication of programs. Distribution of existing models ensures that proven ITC expertise and experience reaches additional beneficiaries. Creation of new models meets gaps in services and creates a permanent body of knowledge in the field.
Training teams professionalizes the trauma infrastructure and provides a professional cadre of trained service providers for the benefit of hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries. Psycho-education on the personal level provides a sense of control, knowledge and skills to countless individuals. Creating community resilience provides a community support system strengthening the national social fabric and influencing the ability to withstand future crisis and stress.
Creation of a professional infrastructure ensures that local council authorities the "building blocks of the home-front" have the knowledge, skills and institutional infrastructure required to ensure community resilience. National Preparedness creation of agreed upon national preparedness model and consensus on implementation.
More than 12 years later the ITC has proven its effectiveness in partnering with over 60 organizations including government ministries and Home Front Command to ensure a comprehensive view of the trauma field, timely delivery of needed services, resilience building at a personal, community and national level and influencing policy.
The Israeli Trauma Coalition leverages diverse resources to optimize service as no organization can do this alone.