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Training Therapists

A Two Year Academic Course – Next Course 2016 – 2018

Academic Director – Dr. Ayelet Siman Tov, Researcher, Lecturer and Counselor on Autism and Family.

The Mifne Center leads a unique program of therapeutic intervention in the development of infants diagnosed on the autism spectrum, involving the nuclear family.

In 2001, the Mifne Center opened the first Training School for therapists of its kind in Israel, affiliated with the Bar-Ilan University. The school was established in order to provide aftercare treatment for the infants and families treated at the Mifne Center, at their homes in the community.

The course is suitable for professionals in the fields of education, childcare, and family therapy. Students gain theoretical and practical knowledge as well as hands-on experience in the treatment of infants diagnosed on the autism spectrum and their families.

Studies take place at the Bar-Ilan University and at the Mifne Center in Rosh Pinna.

Upon fulfilling course requirements (attendance, individual practical experience, and submission of final paper), graduates of the school receive a diploma from the School of social science at Bar-Ilan University and the Mifne Center.

The course is recognized by the Ministry of Education as in-service training.

First Year

November 2016 – June 2017

Studies take place on Wednesday, 10:00-17:15 at the Bar-Ilan University. Total of 264 hours.

Focus on the elements of theory alongside individual and group practical experience; include the following subjects:

  • Introduction to Child Development
  • Psychological, physiological, and neuro-developmental foundations in early childhood
  • Risk factors for developing neuro-behavioral disorders
  • Early childhood Developmental Psychology
  • Normal development compared with developmental disorders
  • Models of family development
  • Inter-personal relationships in the family
  • Family Therapy
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • The Autism Spectrum
  • Early identification in infancy
  • Playing and interaction techniques
  • Therapy in the sand box; individual and group practical experience
  • Comprehension of non-verbal communication
  • Body language
  • Behavioral and experiential elements of contact and communication
  • Intensifying the therapist’s skills

Second Year

July 2017 – April 2018

Part 1: July – December 2017 Studies take place on Wednesday, 10:00-17:15 at the Mifne Center in Rosh Pinna. Total of 144 hours.

An advanced theory course that combines observation and individual experience; includes the following subjects:

  • Dynamic concepts in therapy
  • Therapist-patient relationship
  • Handling family crisis
  • Diagnosis and evaluation: the scientific premises for diagnosis and its role in the understanding of developmental disorders
  • Language development
  • Nutrition and eating disorders
  • Practicing observation skills
  • Implemental methodology of data analysis
  • Implementing therapeutic strategies
  • Intensifying therapeutic skills in an evolving family system
  • Siblings of children with ASD
  • Implementing consistent feedback as a tool for self-check and behavioral changes
  • Strategies of coping with Self and Other defense mechanisms
  • Theory of dialogue
  •  Theory of feedback

Second Year

July 2017 – April 2018

Part 2: January – December 2017

  • Individual practice at the homes of the families treated at Mifne located in all regions of the country; takes place twice a week, each for a 2-hour session. Total of 120 hours.
  • Supervision and additional theoretical studies: processing and handling of conflicts that arise during treatment; emphasis will be given to integration into kindergarten – accompanying and assisting the toddler and family through the process; at the Mifne Center in Rosh Pinna. Total of 168 hours.
  • A colloquium will be held for the purpose of preparing for the final paper.


  • Dr. Alonim Hanna – Expert in developmental disorders of the Autism Spectrum and Mental Health; Founder and Director of the Mifne Center
  • Dr. Eliot Evan–Senior lecturer in the field of Neurobiology, Faculty of Medicine, Bar-Ilan University
  • Prof. Findler Liora – Head of the Rehabilitation Unit, Weisfeld School of Social Work , Bar-Ilan University
  • Ms. Fischer Yonat – Art Therapist and Senior Supervisor at the Kibbutzim College
  • Dr. Gurevich Mina – Pediatrician; expert in Early Childhood Development, and Gastroenterology
  • Ms. Israeli Amira – Senior Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor at the Ziv Hospital, Tzfat
  • Dr. Kidron Michal – Psychologist; Head of Play Therapy Program at Oranim Academic College
  • Ms. Masad Anne – MSW; Senior Counselorin Couple and Family Therapy
  • Mr. Palmoni Yair – Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Mifne Center
  • Dr. Randor Samuel, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Shaham Yehuda – Expert in the treatment of Trauma
  • Ms. Shamir Dafna, Social Worker and Psychotherapist for infants, children and adults
  • Dr. Tayar Danny, specialist in family medicine at the Mifne Center, Coordinator for Continuing Medical Education, northern district, Ben Gurion University
  • Mr. Zuck Yossi – Senior Clinical Psychologist; Supervisor at the Shalem Institute, Rishon Lezion

Training Staff at The Mifne Center

  • Hai Margalit, Psychotherapist and Supervisor
  • Kadosh Einat, Psychotherapist and Supervisor
  • Anat Ben Ari, Therapist
  • Veronika Jukubson, Thetapist


Application should include:

| 1 Registration form
| 2 Registration fee: 270 NIS paid in check in favor of Bar-Ilan University
| 3 Personal and professional resume (including academic education, practice, in-trainings, publications, etc.)
| 4 Passport picture
| 5 Photo copy of diplomas (B.A., M.A.), and any other relevant certificates.

Admission to the course is determined upon personal interviews.
Upon confirmation of admission, applicants are committed to the full program.

Graduation 2014

Graduation 2012

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This program was conceived due to the request from a growing number of foreign professionals to practice the Mifne Method.

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