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Toby Mower Curriculum Concludes Nurse Training Course

Toby Mower Curriculum Concludes Nurse Training Course

July 22, 2016

Medical Research

The Toby Mower Curriculum for the Prevention and Treatment of Addiction recently concluded a three month course: “Addictions: Prevention, Detection and Treatment,” for primary care nurses who work in various primary care clinics, Soroka University Medical Center and Beer-Sheva Mental Health Center.

During the course, students studied various types of drugs, how they work and why they lead to addiction. They also studied the consequences of addiction on the individual, the family and society at large. In addition, students attended workshops and gained hands-on experience at various rehabilitation and treatment centers.

“Course participants said that this course completely changed the way they view the problem of addiction,” says Miriyam Farkash, incumbent of the Toby Mower Presidential Development Chair in Addiction Prevention and Treatment.


Toby Mower (center) at the inauguration ceremony for the Toby Mower Presidential Development Chairs in Addiction Prevention and Treatment, with Chair Incumbents Miriyam Farkash and Dr. Orli Grinstein-Cohen.

“For example, intensive care unit nurses said they now realize the way in which the patients are weaned off the psychotropic medication they receive during their hospitalization needs improvement, and they intend to alter this process.”

BGU was able to develop the curriculum with the support of Drs. Toby and Morton Mower in 2011. The program is unique in Israel, where educational resources on topics related to addiction are often limited.

The completion of this course is the latest success in what has already been a far-reaching program.

“Students see themselves as ambassadors with regard to their responsibility to advise their patients on issues related to addictions,” says Farkash.