A bit about our public awareness programs...
Bayit Cham runs a series of seminars, lectures and workshops on a broad spectrum of topics related to mental health and child sexual abuse. Our goal is to provide information in order to break the stigma, promote prevention and encourage early identification of problems for referral to professional care.
The workshops are offered to various communities and specific target audiences including educators, rabbis, dayanim, marital counselors as well as the general public.
These seminars are held as community needs arise, dealing with current and timely issues, as well as special events as requested by educational institutions and the public.
We aim to raise awareness of mental health and sexual abuse – subjects that until recently were not discussed in any forum, private or public, because of the nature of the taboo associated with these issues.
For many long and painful years, the public assumption was that the areas of mental illness and sexual abuse were by very definition secretive in just about every public forum in the community.
Bayit Cham workshops and seminars provide the audience with access to information, familiarizing them with various mental health disorders, diseases, coping and treatment methods, as well as the very painful topic of sexual abuse. Another overarching goal is to offer lots of hope to those who suffered in silence.
At each workshop's conclusion, a panel of experts fields questions from the audience. The panel is comprised of senior professionals in the field under discussion.
As part of our efforts to provide teachers, principals and parents with knowledge, awareness and tools, Bayit Cham's workshops include topics such as:
- Identification of emotional disorders in children and youth;
- Familiarity with common disorders and treatment options;
- Identifying the distress of a child victim of sexual abuse;
- Reaching out for help and guidance to the appropriate channels in real time when issues occur;
- Special needs that arise, such as times of war, crises;
- And many more.