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Iris Bar and Hagit Yaffe graduated from the Department of Phototherapy studies in the Musrara School and immediately founded “Negative to Positive”, which offers phototherapy workshops for various communities. “Negative to Positive” together with “Neve Yamin Day Center”, won the Glikman award for excellence, given to professionals and services which provide unique solutions to issues of aging.   

In the picture: “the first time I ever held a camera. Don’t forget! I’m 80! 

Written under ‘reasons for award’: “the award is given to the daycare center’s staff for developing the phototherapy program for the aging members of the daycare center. The program enables its participants in fulfilling their potential and allows them to express their feelings and ambitions through photography. This award is for extracting the technical ability needed in operating a camera and allowing the personal expressions to be publicly exhibited; for group activities, mutual support and sharing in the elderly experience; and for contributing to raising the elderly’s quality of life in the community.”

Dr. Tali Gorali-Turalb, graduated 2011:
“Since graduation I’ve been working as a phototherapist and preschool specialist in the Parent and Infant Center in Ma’ale Adumim. I do interviews (intakes) and treat families with infants (from pregnancy to age six). I also treat adults and young mothers in my studio using phototherapy. I teach in the phototherapy department in the Musrara School, the Kibbutzim College and Hasifa, the Open University’s school of media.  I presented works in many professional conventions and had two solo exhibitions for my personal art.

In the picture: “journey” esthetic feedback for a patient
“It’s always surprising: whose portrait will end up in the treatment room? The patients’? Their families’? Their friends’? Or maybe they first will come to the rooms in the houses in which they lived, to the streets in which they wondered, to the animals that accompanied them? That that is photographed will always be a suggestion to reflect upon, not the subject itself. True, we are strict in our viewing, analyzing positions, measuring and comparing, but aren’t all but agents of the photographed itself?”   

Dina Dotan, graduated 2009:
“I have been working in the Jaffa Mental Health Center since 2008. I started working there as an intern while I was a student in the Musrara School. I have been treating groups and individuals using family photos and projective images. The mental health center I had a therapy group for two years, and at the end we had an exhibition which is hanging to this day on the management floor walls. 

Dina Biran, graduated 2011:
“I mainly do group counseling, like phototherapy workshops about self-image for teachers and a photography workshop for teenagers in the ILAN foundation, which included a final exhibition of the students’ photographs. Today I own the company “Sheleg Sadnaot”, which provides phototherapy workshops to institutes and private organizations and also combines professional marketing and sales content. 


Livnat Rokach, graduated 2010:

“I work in the psychiatric department in the Sheba medical center with two groups: War veterans who suffer from PTSD, where I apply a dynamic approach while using video and still photography; and the outpatient clinic where I work with a varied population suffering from schizophrenia, depression and personality disorders. I also teach phototherapy in the central school of social workers, established by the Ministry of Social Services. In 2009 I founded “Derech Tmuna” (through a picture) – a company which provides workshops based on pictures and photography for treatment, empowerment and a special experience. The workshops are intended for organizations, foundations and institutes, as well as professionals. The activities emphasize process, and do not require any talent or previous knowledge in art. In addition, I hosted workshops via “Homesh”, a national project by the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption for the empowerment of women in the Ethiopian community. During this project groups of women were gathered in cities around Israel and via photography underwent a deep emotional process. The project ended with a grand exhibition with participation of government representatives. Another pojec took place in Mevo’ot Yam-Michmoret, where boarding-school teenagers were prepared for leaving the school using phototherapy[y tools. The participants took many photographs during the year and presented an impressive final exhibition.”  

Lee Orlev, graduated 2007:
I integrate phototherapy with art therapy in the Center for Parents and Adolescents in Ma’ale Adumim – individual, group and parents sessions. I treat at-risk students in the Lifta high school using photo and art therapy. I also host a phototherapy experience in the Kerem institute of teacher training.”

Mor Lev-Ari, graduated 2013:
I work as a phototherapist in the Special Education High School in Karmiel, where every student has individual treatments. I find the camera to be a self-treating instrument to which teenagers became much attached.”

Rama Yazma, graduated 2012:
I work in the senior day center in Hadera and host phototherapy groups in two day centers. The work includes weekly sessions with senior citizens. During these meetings we share life through photography, photo albums, self-portraits and use photography as an instrument of expression. In the Talpiot Youth Village in Hadera I use phototherapy in individual treatments, parent guidance and group therapy for teens and mothers. The camera is an instrument of expression and emotion which allows a peek into the patients’ inner world. Use of the family photo album, creating a new album or making self-portraits provides both reflectiveness and visibility simultaneously.    


Inbal Bsor, graduated 2009:

“I work in phototherapy and art therapy in “Hareut” High school in Karmiel and host workshops for teenagers through “Metaphor – art therapy workshops”

Sharon Hakim Katz:
“I work in the Pesher foundation children-parents center in Lod and in the “Bait Ehad” (one home) center in Rehovot, a multidisciplinary center for treatment of autistic children. I co-host group parent-children sessions and use phototherapy in individual and dyadic treatments. 

Sharon Pikker:
“I co-host phototherapy groups for women in the WIZO Jerusalem center for treatment and prevention of violence in the family, an exhibition showcasing these women’s work opened in Beit Shmuel, January 2014”.