Training course for Educators

Training course for educators using the empowerment model

Innovative and practical training for dealing with social violence in schools:

As part of Mr. Tsouna’s vision of a public service organization, developed to promote a youth’s social life free from violence, and after a decade of fruitful work in the field, the center decided to distribute the developed method.

Course participants will receive comprehensive and thorough training on the empowerment model that they can use in the different settings in which they operate.

The training is based on a combination of applied research in the field of violence prevention, translated into techniques for dealing with social violence, and the practical tools developed by Matzmichim over the last decade.

The course is being held for the third year in Israel and as an academic course at universities in Israel and abroad. The participating universities are: Hebrew University and the universities of Heidelberg and Ludwigsburg, Germany.  

The tools and their benefits to the course participants:

The course trains educators how to use the empowerment model and the innovative and effective tools with children and youth. This training aims to enable participants to motivate the group to achieve behavioral change.

The program is unique and the first of its kind in the country. It challenges the traditional mindset and approaches on the issue of violence, in order to create a basis for real change.

The course provides participants with numerous innovative tools and facilitation techniques found to be effective in promoting group change. At the end of the course, participants will apply the acquired knowledge in the frameworks in which they work. They also receive an array of course techniques provided by Matzmichim.

After training is completed, course participants can attend a practicum that will go over the guidelines to use when working with the youth.

At the end of the course, each participant will receive an official certificate from the organization for participating in Matzmichim’s youth training course.

Course Structure:

A four day course includes: 

Theoretical learning alongside practical exercises and hands-on experience.

Six session practicum:

Course participants will attend six full days of workshops on the guidelines of the national educational framework.

Each participant will receive Matzmichim’s activities binder that includes all techniques developed in the last decade.

The main content to be transferred into a course: 

Advanced approaches and techniques that were developed to address the most common types of violence such as, verbal abuse and humiliation; virtual violence; physical violence; shunning; “pose” and identity, etc.

Focus on feelings of frustration and an individual’s ability to cope with them by increasing their inner peace.

Strengthening students’ opposition to the norms of bullying and undermining the norms of denunciation against the status quo.

Working with the aggressor – Reflecting the social prices relevant to the power of the benefits and gains that stem from a change in behavior – the struggle of the most popular and the aggression that accompanies him/her in favor of pro-social activities. 

Empowering students model – mobilizing his/her classmates to express support, encouragement, authenticity and caring in daily life in the classroom and at school.

Analysis of national policies for reducing school violence.

 To whom is the course offered?

The course is designed for professionals in the field of education and social sciences:

Teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists, criminologists, group leaders, trainers, activists, program operators and stakeholders in formal and informal education systems.

In addition, the course is suitable for various professionals who wish to specialize in early childhood education and seek to enrich the variety of tools and methods they apply in their work and in their lives.

 Course Trainer: 

Yony Tsouna, founder and co-director of Matzmichim for the past decade is an honors graduate from Hebrew University’s MA in Public Policy program. During his studies, he analyzed national policies and programs for dealing with violence in schools. Mr. Tsouna hosts workshops for children and youth at risk, teachers, parents and educators. He is a professional advisor for policy planning for coping with and reducing violence and a popular lecturer in academia and other educational settings, professional forums and in the media in Israel and abroad.




Limor-Counselor at school for at-risk youth, Haifa:

“You feel the change immediately with the students and the teachers. As the counselor, I enjoyed every minute and I saw the change in everyone’s eyes, behavior and feelings. A huge thank you!” 


Tammy Gibner-Educational Consultant: 

“The students were given practical and effective tools to deal with violent experiences that are a part of their everyday life, in school and outside of it.”



Dr. Naomi Josefsberg-Professor of Philosophy of Education at Kibbutzim College of Education: 

“The workshops are smart and brave. You can see the teacher’s excitement at the end of the last day of the workshop when they begin to see the immediate changes.”

Professor Haim Omer– Psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology at Tel Aviv University:  

“It is very original and dynamic. The way they appeal to children is extremely effective and always leads to interest and involvement.”

Graduates of the Course

Smadar Zaharan-Educational counselor and group trainer: 

“Recommends that every professional and every father and mother come to experience the course, implement it and distribute the empowerment model.”

Dr. Sofi Barzilay- Faculty of Education, University of Haifa: 

“The beauty of the course is the experience of the self within the actual experience … the guidance, without lecturing brings to mind the right questions.” 

Smadar Werber-Youth Trainer 

“One of their strongest courses in which the content is applicable and can help schools … I’m going to do it … I would highly recommend it.”

Diane Rosner-Group trainer for senior teaching staff at Bar Ilan University: 

“The course is wonderful and fascinating, an innovative and adaptable method … it reminds me that it is possible to work in alternative ways in the classroom.”