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By stabilizing the victims of shock, distress and mental trauma at the emergency scene, the unit also allows the EMTs, paramedics and doctors on location to work as quickly and effectively as possible.



 Its mission is to give psychological first aid on site, together with medical treatment. 

United Hatzalah of Israel's Trauma and Crisis Response Unit is taking EMS care to the next level. 

Launched on May 26, 2016 the United Hatzalah Trauma Response Unit is the first of its kind in the world. 

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Your support directly equips and trains more responders for Trauma and Crisis Response Unit

United Hatzalah Trauma and Response Unit Leadership Staff 

Dr. Gary Quinn MD - Consultant Psychiatrist and Instructor:

Dr. Quinn is a board certified Psychiatrist and Director of the Jerusalem EMDR Institute. He specializes in Crisis Intervention, the treatment of Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, and the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Miriam Ballin, Founder and Director:

 A United Hatzalah EMT and Family Therapist based in Jerusalem. Miriam brings to her role a wealth of experience and expertise from across the fields of counselling, education and emergency response. 

Rickie (Rivkah) Rabinowitz, MSc - Team Leader

A United Hatzalah EMT, Rickie has been active in education and psychotherapy in Jerusalem for the past 30 years.

 Avi Steinherz, LMSW - Team Leader:  

Avi has been a Senior Medic with United hatzalah for over 15 years. Avi is an EMDR practitioner as well as a CBT specialist in Jerusalem.

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