Last week, a lecture for Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Medicine took place at the Academic Center for Continuing Education on the topic of “Culturally Sensitive Treatment for Religious Women Survivors of Sexual Trauma.”
The lecture was given by Mrs. Edna Ludmir, clinical social worker and director of Benafsheinu, Bayit Cham’s centers for men and women survivors of sexual trauma.
Sexual trauma is complex and agonizing in and of itself. It is even more complex for a victim from a religious background. Post-trauma treatment is more complicated because of the dissonance between the values, halachic law and the education on which a religious victim has grown up and the extreme contradiction of the abuse itself that cannot be grasped as logical or appropriate.
The Benafsheinu centers are unique in that they are the only multi-disciplinary treatment center in Israeli that specializes in culturally sensitive care for this population. Benafsheinu also serve as a center of knowledge and training for therapists in the field.
Edna, an expert in her field, delivered the lecture as part of a course entitled ”Sexual Trauma: Questioning, Diagnosis, Therapeutic Issues ” – one of many lectures and awareness events that Bayit Cham’s public awareness department holds throughout Israel.
The course itself is unique, under the auspices of Lev Hasharon Hospital and its director, Dr. Shmuel Hirshman together with Dr. Inbal Brenner, psychiatrist and director of the Netanya Mental Health Clinic (an affiliate of Lev Hasharon Hospital), and Ms. Amalia Ben Moshe, clinical social worker and head of the sexual trauma treatment unit in Lev Hasharon Hospital. The course is designed for practitioners: doctors, nurses, psychotherapists and clinical social workers.
We are sure that Edna’s eye-opening lecture illuminated a new channel of very significant knowledge for therapists.