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NCMH conducted a trianing project in association with Professor Mooli Lahad, an Israeli psychologist and psychotrauma specialist, known for his creative methods of intervention and treatment of stress.

He is the founder and director of the Institute of Dramatherapy, and Director of the CSPC - The International Stress Prevention Centre, at Tel Hai College in Kiryat Shmona, Israel.

He developed the Integrative Model of Coping and Resiliency 'BASIC PH and the 'SEE FAR CBT' psychotrauma treatment protocol, adopted by other practitioners worldwide. This centres on people's natural coping mechanisms, of which he has identified six types. The method aims to help people suffering from anxiety disorders or traumatized individuals to reduce their symptoms either completely or to a manageable level to enable them to regain a sense of control of their lives.

Lahad has practised his methods in the immediate aftermath of disasters such as the 1999 earthquake in Turkey, the United States dealing with the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, in New York and New Jersey and in Sri Lanka following the 2004 tsunami. This has included both dealing with individual cases and providing 'cascade' training of professionals known as 'train the trainers' or 'helping the helpers' who then go on to train others, to quickly build a large force of counsellors a concept he calls 'building islands of resiliency'.

 
Professor Mooli Lahad
Prof. Lahad is an internationally recognized expert on community preparedness for disasters and on public behavior in and coping with disasters and psycho-trauma. He is the founder and president of the Community Stress Prevention Center (CSPC), an indepenent training, research, and therapy center, which has developed models and methods of intervention in mass disasters and other crises. He serves as a consultant to Israel's National Security Council, the Israel Defense Forces, and UNICEF. He served as a member of a NATO committee on psychosocial preparedness for disaters and as the director of an international initiative to help Sri Lanka following the Tsunami. He authored and co-authored 30 books and many articles on communities under stress, community unrest, and coping with life threatening situations. His latest book, co-authored with three others, is a 500-page textbook on disaster preparedness, intervention and recovery: When their world falls apart - Helping Families and children manage the effects of disasters.
 
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NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR MENTAL HEALTH
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NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Gorakana - Residential Facility
No. 115/2, Galkanuwa Rd.
Gorakana, Panadura.
Sri Lanka
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