B.A. Behavioral Sciences
About the Program
The objective of the Experiential Unit is to offer its students a significant practical experience as volunteers at therapeutic institutes and emotional support centers for different populations. This experience is known as fieldwork, and provides an important advantage when registering for graduate degrees.
"Fieldwork" is a practical experience, which demonstrate to the students the tools and theories in practice and prepares them for the real world challenges as well as motivating them to conduct research, continue to graduate degrees, assume therapeutic roles and continue their contribution to the community.
The fieldwork is conducted outside the College premises at a range of organizations, beginning from the second year of studies for four weekly hours. Students will work at psychiatric hospitals, boarding schools, childcare centers, and other caregiving organizations. For example, students will work in mental health therapy centers at the Yehuda Abarbanel Mental Health Center, Ness Ziona Psychiatric Hospital, Geha Mental Health Center, and other hospitals, where they will learn about issues arising from interventions and will attend staff meetings of psychologists, social workers, and other caregivers. Students will also work in childcare centers, boarding schools, special needs patients healthcare centers, and youths at risk centers such as Elem- Youth in Distress, Kadima and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Israel youth centers where they will work with children and adolescents and share the experiences and practices of the faculty and caregivers.
In addition to the practical experience provided, the Experiential Unit also defines the value of volunteering and community service as top priority . Therefore, students’ practical work is conducted consistently for at least one full year. Besides its obvious contribution to society and populations in need, volunteering contributes significantly to the volunteer student who undergoes a voyage of self - discovery and for his or her professional development as a citizen and as a person. We acknowledge the fact that socially advanced societies place their concern for ethics and moral high in their national prioritizatio . These societies express this concern through the great significance that they attribute to treating the poor and people in need, not less than the significance attributed to financial and technological achievement.
The Experiential Unit’s curriculum is diverse and includes not only the fundamental studies but also courses in applied psychology, such as therapeutic approaches in the modern era, psychophysiology , social psychology, developmental psychology, group dynamics, neuropsychology and more. The students also meet professionals from different organizations, who give guest lectures.
Over the year, the senior faculty will support the students and be there for them. Students will participate in the Group Dynamics workshop, where they will share their emotional experience from the fieldwork.
The Experiential Unit’s graduates will obtain an extraordinary opportunity that will give them significant added value in self-discovery and the development of professional life skills, which will facilitate a successful career, advanced degrees , and at the personal and social level.
The fieldwork required of the students in the Experiential Unit is part of the terms of admission for a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology.