This psycho-educational preventive program (the Hebrew word hosen means a combination of strength and resilience) is designed to provide people of all ages with practical methods for coping with stress in everyday life and emergency situations. The program was first introduced at WIZO’s educational institutions several years ago after being adapted to the special requirements of each residential facility according to the individual educational profile, up to the level of one-on-one instruction.
Prof. Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson of the World WIZO Executive, noted that “the Hosen program represents part of the World WIZO credo from its earliest days, which still applies today.” She pointed to WIZO’s long-time contribution to the strength and resilience of Israeli society, offering professional and current answers to the needs of weaker social sectors and equipping them with coping mechanisms to improve their future life.
“Our residential facilities house mostly children at risk, many of whom have experienced traumatic events in their lives. In order to help them, their families and their immediate social circle, we have sought to provide our staff and professional counselors with appropriate tools and training.”
Ms. Tali Versano Eisman, Deputy Head of the Hosen Center, considered WIZO an excellent vehicle for the Hosen program, whose personnel are developing and adapting the program to each individual residential facility. She added, “the evaluation data collated over the past year indicate how much the program has contributed to reducing anxiety levels in general and in exams in particular, and significantly boosted a sense of accomplishment among professional trainers.”
Representatives of all WIZO residential facilities spoke of how the Hosen program was implemented and how students are able to apply the tools and techniques they learn in their everyday lives.
Three dynamic workshops demonstrated the effectiveness of Hosen coping mechanisms in difficult situations. For instance, a ball game for the blind required participants to be blindfolded, so that they had to focus on the sound of bells inside a ball as it rolled towards them.
Ms. Hani Weinroth, one of the authors of the Hosen Education program, rounded off the day with a fascinating talk on creative and humane ways of dealing with challenges and problems, fears and anxieties, from the optimistic personal angle of a young woman who has lived with cancer for many years.
Mr. Moshe Bittman, the Education’s supervisor for the program, ended the meeting by congratulating the trainers, whom he considers “a pioneering force”, on a program which can be considered a model for all senior education administrators to follow. He hopes to see it continue in the coming year and progress to become a “preparation for independence”.