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An Advanced Degree for Ultra-Orthodox Psychologists

An Advanced Degree for Ultra-Orthodox Psychologists

November 19, 2013

Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought, Social Sciences & Humanities

BGU is now offering a new master’s degree in educational psychology for Haredi (ultra-Orthodox Jewish) psychologists through the University’s Department of Education.

The master’s program will be offered to students who graduated with a B.A. in psychology from the Haredi College in Jerusalem.

Adina Bar-Shalom received an honorary doctorate from BGU in 2012.

Adina Bar-Shalom received an honorary doctorate from BGU in 2012.

The initiative was spearheaded by BGU Rector Prof. Tzvi HaCohen as part of the Council for Higher Education’s program to encourage higher education in the ultra-Orthodox community.

BGU’s Prof. Shifra Sagy and Rebbetzin Adina Bar-Shalom, of Haredi College, created this program. Its goal is to train Haredi and religious educational psychologists in the psychological services and education system of the Haredi community.

Eleven Haredi female students were accepted to the program, and all of them will take the mandatory courses for psychology students at BGU.

In addition, they will be offered unique courses, such as “Educational Psychology in the Haredi Community,” “Foundations of Family Therapy,” and “The Therapeutic Interview – Skill Building.” Field work will be done through three educational psychology services in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, and Modi’in-Illit.

A day-long seminar, celebrating the launch of the program, was recently held at the Haredi College in Jerusalem with psychologists from the area, lecturers in the program and the new students.