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Psychotrauma & Crisis Response Unit

The Psychotrauma & Crisis Response Unit’s mission is to enhance the lifesaving efforts of United Hatzalah, the largest, fastest, non-profit, fully volunteered, free Emergency Medical Services organization in Israel. The Psychotrauma & Crisis Response Unit addresses the emotional needs of family members, witnesses and bystanders during and after traumatic situations.

The unit is determined to provide emotional support and stabilization for any civilian who needs it across the country as well as for United Hatzalah medics after being exposed to traumatic calls. The unit trains mental health professionals who volunteer alongside United Hatzalah medics in the field at a time of an emergency.

2016

The unit was founded in 2016 with 30 responders.

2019

To date, the team is comprised of 400 responders covering most of Israel.

2020

By 2020 the unit will include 500 responders and will cover all of Israel.

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United Hatzalah of Israel Sending Delegation To Provide Psychological First Aid and Support to Surfside Community Following Condo Collapse July 1, 2021 Posted in: In the News - fdsffdsdsfsfUnited Hatzalah of Israel working in conjunction with El Al Airlines is sending a team from its Psychotrauma and Crisis… Read More
Meet Michael! February 25, 2019 Posted in: In the News - Michael works in an urgent care clinic in Eilat as a physician's assistant. He told us how training to become… Read More
Pittsburgh- We are coming! October 28, 2018 Posted in: In the News - The Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Team were requested by the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, after coordinating with the local… Read More
Arab Unit opens up in Kfar Qara! August 16, 2018 Posted in: In the News - New Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit course opened in Kfar Qara entirely comprised of Arab United Hatzalah medics excited to learn psychological… Read More
United Hatzalah Expands Psychotrauma and Crisis Response K-9 Unit July 16, 2018 Posted in: In the News - A new volunteer has joined the ranks of United Hatzalah’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit, only this one has four… Read More
Unit treating children in Sderot near the Gaza border. July 16, 2018 Posted in: In the News - More than 130 rockets have fallen on Southern Israel on Shabbat. A few Israelis were physically injured and many more… Read More
Welcome Tofee! July 11, 2018 Posted in: In the News - Until now, we have had Lucy- and now we have Tofee! Tofee recently joined the Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit… Read More
35 New Graduates! June 21, 2018 Posted in: In the News - On June 20th, thirty-five new Pscyhotrauma Crisis and Response Unit volunteers graduated! The graduates included 5 married couples and 6… Read More
Watch this! Psychological First Aid training program in EMS organizations around the world! June 17, 2018 Posted in: In the News - https://youtu.be/HTT21Fwu-rQ United Hatzalah launches Psychological First Aid training program in EMS organizations around the world. As world leaders in integrating… Read More
Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit is now in South Africa! June 6, 2018 Posted in: In the News - The Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit has graduated its first international team of official and certified Psychotrauma first responders in Johannesburg,… Read More
People Treated for Severe Trauma and Shock in Southern Israel May 30, 2018 Posted in: In the News - Video: Miriam Ballin interviewed on Channel 20 news about the Unit and its activities near Gaza. The Psychotrauma and Crisis… Read More
Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit leaders visit Johannesburg! May 28, 2018 Posted in: In the News - Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit leaders, Dr. Adam Balin and Avi Tenenbaum, along with Founder and President of United Hatzalah… Read More
Psychotrauma Volunteers Train South African Medics in Emotional First Aid April 24, 2018 Posted in: In the News - United Hatzalah is sending a team to create a psychotrauma unit for South African first-responders. Click here to read more...… Read More
As Conflict in South Intensifies Newly Graduated Psychological First Responders and Inaugurated Volunteer House Open to Provide Aid February 22, 2018 Posted in: In the News - As the veil of conflict once again falls on Israel’s southern area and the city of Sderot, United Hatzalah of… Read More
Miriam Ballin presents at IPRED conference January 17, 2018 Posted in: In the News - Miriam Ballin, Avi Steinherz and Avi Tennenbaum represented the Pschychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit  at the International Preparedness and Response to… Read More
Psychotrauma medic gives first-hand account of events following fatal Jaffa explosion. November 28, 2017 Posted in: In the News - "The Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit is tasked with providing psychological and emotional stabilization to the people at the scene… Read More
Presenting Unit at International Hatzalah Conference in South Africa November 8, 2017 Posted in: In the News - Avi Steinherz presenting the Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit to all Hatzalah's worldwide in South Africa at the international Hatzalah… Read More
Presenting our work at the Balfour Conference November 8, 2017 Posted in: In the News - Proud to have been able to present our work at the Balfour Conference this past week before a group of… Read More
United Hatzalah Sends Three Psychotrauma Responders to Florida September 10, 2017 Posted in: In the News - United Hatzalah sent out three Pscyhotrauma responders (and 4 Search and Rescue medics) from Israel to Florida to help with Hurricane… Read More
Israel Rescue Coalition Sends Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit to Houston September 3, 2017 Posted in: In the News - United Hatzalah's Israel Rescue Coalition sent volunteers of the Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit to Houston, Texas to aid in the… Read More
The Jerusalem Post Recognizes and Applauds the Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit! August 2, 2017 Posted in: In the News - Read this incredible article in the Jerusalem Post about the Psychotrauma  Crisis and Response Unit! Click here to be amazed! Read More
The Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit now has 180 volunteers! July 24, 2017 Posted in: In the News - 25 new graduates received their certifications this week! These volunteers are from all over Israel including, but notlimited to, Chadera,… Read More
Unit is Published in the EMS WORLD Journal! July 4, 2017 Posted in: In the News - The Psychotrauma Crisis and Response  Unit was featured in a printed academic article that was published in the EMS WORLD… Read More
Miriam Ballin, Director of the PC&R Unit, inspires others to raise funds for a worthy cause! June 4, 2017 Posted in: In the News - Miriam Ballin, Director of the Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit, is not only in charge of the Unit itself, but… Read More
Presenting the Unit’ s work at The International Conference on Trauma and Mental Health in Jerusalem May 23, 2017 Posted in: In the News -   Director Miriam Ballin and Team Leaders Avi Steinherz and Rickie Rabinowitz presented the work of United Hatzalah's Psychotrauma Crisis and… Read More
26 mental health professionals became certified volunteers of the Psychotrauma & Crisis Response Unit May 11, 2017 Posted in: In the News - This week, 26 mental health professionals became certified volunteers of the Psychotrauma & Crisis Response Unit. The graduate ceremony was… Read More
EMT’s become Psychotrauma Responders too! April 30, 2017 Posted in: In the News - First graduating class EVER made up of our very own EMT medics who are now also Psychotrauma Crisis and Response… Read More
Unit sits with families of missing boys at Kinneret all Pesach April 19, 2017 Posted in: In the News - Over Pesach, sadly, three young adult boys, Itamar (19), Nachman (21) and Liron (17) went missing at the Kinneret; Sea… Read More
Unit responders treat victims at Light Rail terrorist attack on Pesach April 19, 2017 Posted in: In the News - On April 14th, a terrorist killed a 21 year old British exchange student named Hannah Blandon. United Hatzalah volunteers were first… Read More
Expansion of Psychotrauma & Crisis Response Unit March 16, 2017 Posted in: In the News - From the Jerusalem Post: After beginning a new training course last week, 30 additional psychologists and social workers will be… Read More
The International Conference on Trauma and Mental Health March 16, 2017 Posted in: In the News - An International Conference on Trauma and Mental Health will be held in Jerusalem on 21-23 May 2017. The focus will… Read More
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