When the scope of the coronavirus epidemic became clear, mental health professionals at METIV, the Israel Psychotrauma Center, began to move operations online while researching the most effective ways of providing support. METIV director Danny Brom says the Center initially offered psychological first aid for those in crisis and resources for therapists. They quickly scaled up to provide programs for parents, children, singles and grandparents. And more recently, the Center launched a series of educational classes. “We realized that there was a broad public need for help in finding meaning and growth within this unthinkable situation,” Brom said.
The learning sessions, provided free of charge on the Zoom video conferencing platform, offer stimulating new concepts and practical approaches that can help participants broaden focus, find purpose and cope better through this anxious and uncertain period. The upcoming session on Monday, a collaboration between METIV and The Times of Israel, is about writing — and blogging in particular. Judah Ari Gross, ToI military correspondent and Miriam Herschlag, the site’s opinion and blogs editor, will teach Blogging 101: How to write powerfully and connect with readers.
Writing can be a powerful tool for expressing difficulties and processing the current situation. Through blogging, writers are able to clarify for themselves and others thoughts, feelings and their understanding of the current situation. “When we are so limited in interpersonal connection during this time of social distancing, writing to friends, family and readers around the world enables us to reach out and feel less alone,” explained Anna Harwood-Gross, director of research at METIV.
“Narrative therapy has long been used to process traumatic experiences and the leading trauma therapies often include a component of processing and forming a coherent trauma-story. The current situation is an ongoing, traumatic experience for many and finding meaning through creating a coherent narrative or opinion piece is one key way we can get through and come out the other side with a sense of purpose,” added Harwood-Gross.
The session (in English) will be useful for those who are already blogging, considering opening a blog, or simply interested in writing for an audience.
Join METIV and the Times of Israel on Monday April 13th at 8 p.m. Israel time, 1 p.m. EST, for Blogging 101: How to write powerfully and connect with readers.
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