Mooli Lahad

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Mooli Lahad
Alma materfull professor
AwardsThe Israeli Association of psychologists, The Tel Aviv U school of social work Adler award, the Israel lottery prize for innovation on telepsychology, the Israeli Association of Expressive therapists and the Israeli scouts.
Scientific career
FieldsDrama therapy, psychology, psychotherapy
InstitutionsTel Hai College, Israel

Professor Mooli Lahad (Hebrew: מולי להד; born 1953) is an Israeli psychologist and psychotrauma specialist, known for his creative methods of intervention and treatment of stress. He is the founder and former director of the Institute of Dramatherapy, and founding president of the CSPC - The International Stress Prevention Centre,[1] at Tel Hai College in Kiryat Shmona, Israel. He is also Professor of Psychology at Tel Hai College and was a visiting Professor of Dramatherapy at Surrey University, England.[2]

Lahad received his first PhD in psychology and a second in human and life science.

Lahad champions the application of creative approaches such as dramatherapy and bibliotherapy in the prevention and treatment of psychotrauma.

He developed the Integrative Model of Coping and Resiliency 'BASIC PH'[1] and the 'SEE FAR CBT' psychotrauma treatment protocol, adopted by other practitioners worldwide. This centres on people's natural coping mechanisms, of which he has identified six types. The method aims to help people suffering from anxiety disorders or traumatized individuals to reduce their symptoms either completely or to a manageable level to enable them to regain a sense of control of their lives.

Lahad has practised his methods in the immediate aftermath of disasters such as the 1999 earthquake in Turkey, the United States dealing with the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, in New York City and New Jersey and in Sri Lanka following the 2004 tsunami and Japan 2011-2014 following the tsunami. This has included both dealing with individual cases and providing 'cascade' training of professionals known as 'train the trainers' or 'helping the helpers' who then go on to train others, to quickly build a large force of counsellors a concept he calls 'building islands of resiliency'. In 1979, he founded the Community Stress Prevention Center, in conjunction with the Israeli Ministry of Education.[3]

Lahad is the former director of the Kiryat Shmona educational psychology services (1984–88), and former head of the Haifa University bibliotherapy course (1986–89). He is the author or co-author of 35 books and the recipient of seven professional prizes among them : The Bonner Prize for outstanding contributions to Stress Prevention and the Education System in Israel from the Israeli Psychological Association, The Adler Institute for the welfare of the child Prize Tel Aviv University, and the Israeli Lottery Prize for Innovations in medicine for developing telepsychology services. In 2017 he received the world WIZO organization award for his humanitarian work in disaster areas worldwide.[citation needed]


Rosenfeld, L.B., Caye, J., Lahad, M., Gurwitch, R. (2010) When their World Falls Apart: Helping Families and Children Manage the Effects of Disasters. (2nd Edition) Washington DC: NASW Press (Revised edition) Lahad, M., Doron, M. (2010) SEE FAR CBT: beyond Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Protocol for treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Amsterdam: IOS Press Lahad, M., Shacham, M., Ayalon, O. (2013) The "BASIC PH" Model of Coping and Resiliency -Theory, Research and Cross-Cultural Application. London: Jessica Kingsley Lahad, M. (2017) The Lonely Ape that told himself stories. The necessity of stories for human survival. NY: Nova Science publishers.

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