Keynote Speakers

Moshe Farchi, Tel Hay College, Israel

TALK TITLE: The National Israeli "Mental First-Aid" Program Preparing the Community for Conflict or Disaster

Dr. Moshe Farchi, PhD. is an expert in the fields of acute trauma, emergency mental health intervention, Psychological First Aid (PFA) and psychological inoculation, among other fields associated with PFA protocols. Dr. Farchi has also conducted extensive research into the fields of resilience empowerment and trauma symptoms reductions, primarily during the acute stage of trauma (ASR-ASD). Dr. Farchi is the Founder and Leader of the SIX Cs model for resilience derived from empirical academic knowledge and lessons learned by Israel’s Home Front Command, EMS, and other emergency response units. To date, this model has been recognized by the Israeli ministry of health as the national PFA model. The model has already been adopted and successfully utilized by the Ministries of Education, Health, and Internal Security in Israel, Israel traffic police, as well as by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Dr. Farchi is a senior lecturer at the Tel-Hai college, School of Social Work under which he founded end currently the head of the Stress, Trauma & Resilience Studies Program.Dr. Farchi is a lieutenant colonel in the Home Front Command of the Israel Defence Force, and in charge of planning & implementing the emergency interventions protocols. Dr. Farchi led trauma relief efforts during Operation Cast Lead (2009), Operation Pillar of Defence (2012) and Operational Protective Edge (2014). He was also the head of several humanitarian psych-social delegations to Sri Lanka, Georgia and Haiti on behalf of the Israel Defence Force Home Front Command.