The Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders Unit was formed with aim of realizing the joint vision of the IDC Herzliya School of Psychology and the Learning Disabilities Clinic at the Schneider Children's Medical Center.
The unit seeks to change the developmental path of children and adolescents suffering from learning disabilities and attention disorders, from being at risk for emotional and social problems to success, realization, and becoming productive and contributing members of society.
The unit is the product of a longstanding professional collaboration between the Education Ministry, the National Insurance Institute, the Schneider Children's Medical Center, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and several local authorities.
The Leading Team
Dr. Daphne Kopelman-Rubin, Director of the Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders Unit, IDC School of Psychology and Schneider Children's Medical Center.
Prof. Mario Mikulincer, Dean of the IDC School of Psychology – academic advisor.
Prof. Alan Apter, Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine, Schneider Children's Medical Center – clinical advisor.
The unit comprises 30 professionals and researchers, including psychologists, counselors, education professionals, and social workers.
The unit strives to improve the process of coping with learning disabilities and attention disorders at both the individual-family level and the national-educational level, by means of three different, but related, paths:
The Educational Path: Implementing the "I Can Succeed" intervention program nationwide and training education professionals accordingly – led by Liora Gashri-Rosinski and the "I Can Succeed" Program's team.
The Clinical Path: Offering diagnosis and treatment as well as parental counseling at the Learning Disabilities Clinic of the Schneider Children's Medical Center – led by Hila Argentro and the clinic's staff.
The Research and Development Path: Developing research-based intervention programs and training students in advanced degrees as well as pursuing collaborations with other universities in Israel and worldwide – led by the research team and our research and development partners.
The unit's flagship program, "I Can Succeed," is implemented nationwide and is sponsored in collaboration with the Education Ministry, the National Insurance Institute, the Herzliya Municipality, the Bat Yam Municipality, the Or Yehuda Municipality, the Or Akiva Municipality, and the Kiryat Yam Municipality.
Professor Alan Apter
Head of the Feinberg Child Study Center, the Department of Psychological Medicine, Schneider Children's Medical Center
Prof. Alan Apter was born in South Africa and earned his medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He immigrated to Israel in 1969 and went on to earn his degree psychiatry at the Tel Aviv University. His residency was performed at the Geha Psychiatric Hospital in Petah Tikva and he continued his training at the Children's Hospital, National Medical Center, Washington, D.C, where he specialized in psychiatry; and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, where he specialized in biological psychiatry. Shortly after returning to Israel he was named director of the Child and Adolescent Department at the Geha Psychiatric Hospital.
Prof. Apter's academic positions include both professorship and chairmanship of the Department of Psychiatry at Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine, and he has been invited to serve as a visiting professor by the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, the Yale School of Medicine and the Columbia University Medical Center.
He is the winner of the University of Toronto's Farrington Award and Columbia University's Brickel Award. He was also awarded the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Distinguished Investigator Award, as well as the Excellence Award by the World Health Organization's Suicide Prevention Center.
Prof. Apter serves on the boards of several distinguished publications, including the Israel Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences, the Journal of Neural Transmission, the Archives of Suicide Research (contributing editor), the European Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology.
He serves on several state committees, including the Israel government's Interdepartmental Committee for Suicide Prevention of Adolescents, the Committee for Child Placement Laws at the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Health Ministry's Committee on the Licensing of Firearms for the Mentally Impaired, and the Defense Ministry's Suicide Prevention Committee. He also serves as a special advisor on suicide prevention to the Israel Defense Forces, and is an adviser for the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Illness in Sweden.
Prof. Apter has penned six book and more than 250 essays.