Touro College Announces Partnership With Jerusalem’s Feuerstein Center

Date: April 06, 2009
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Learning Programs Aimed at Enhancing Treatment of Cognitive Deficits to Be Offered in Graduate School of Psychology.

New York, N.Y., April 6, 2009 - Dr. Bernard Lander, president and founder of Touro College, is pleased to announce a new partnership between the Touro College Graduate School of Psychology and The Feuerstein Center of Jerusalem. The collaboration marks the first time that the Feuerstein Center has established a formal partnership with an academic institution to offer its evaluation and intervention programs at master’s degree and post-master’s certificate levels of training.

The Feuerstein Center of Jerusalem, formerly known as the International Center for the Enhancement of Learning Potential (ICELP), was established and is led by internationally-renowned psychologist Dr. Reuven Feuerstein, a student of Dr. Jean Piaget at the University of Geneva. Dr. Feuerstein believes that with rigorous intervention, compromised intellectual functioning can be substantially enhanced through a comprehensive system of evaluation and treatment involving intensive mediation.

“Dr. Feuerstein is a genuine, caring pioneer in the field of psychology,” said Dr. Lander. “The Feuerstein Center of Jerusalem has successfully treated people who are told by other institutions that there is nothing more that can be done to help them. At Touro, we are thrilled to formally offer such important course material and workshops to our future psychologists and educators. We will create a new generation of clinicians and teachers who will more effectively treat individuals with cognitive deficits.”

The Center, both in Jerusalem and in association with its international clinical affiliates located in over 30 countries, has had significant success treating young students with “achievement gaps” in school. With proper intervention, the Center has helped struggling students reach their grade level. The Center also works with individuals with cognitive deficits ranging from Down syndrome, autism and ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), to dementias and acquired brain disorders such as stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Feuerstein developed the theories of Structural Cognitive Modifiability (SCM) and Mediated Learning Experience (MLE), and has designed a robust and comprehensive system of evaluation and treatment that taps into learning potential and strives to maximize cognitive and functional capacity. Applications of this integrated system of assessment and intervention have provided educators, therapists, and clinicians with tools that can directly impact the quality of life of their clients.

"We are excited about our partnership with Touro College, which provides the opportunity to integrate our theories and methodologies into the coursework of a forward- looking educational institution," said Dr. Feuerstein. "Graduate students in the United States will gain knowledge of contemporary theories and practices of education with the concepts and methods expounded by the Center. Once the students assume the responsibilities of teachers and therapists, they will provide a very effective service that will only enhance the lives of its recipients."

In addition to offering workshops and master’s level courses taught by highly-trained Feuerstein Center faculty from Jerusalem, Touro and the Center plan to develop a research and clinical relationship. A major goal of the partnership is to develop a clinical service entity in the New York City area based on Dr. Feuerstein’s theories and treatment practices.

Dr. Richard Waxman, associate professor of psychology at Touro’s Graduate School of Psychology will direct all efforts including educational programs, and research and clinical applications.

“Introducing Dr. Feuerstein’s assessment and intervention strategies in the U.S. will have a significant impact on treating individuals with learning problems” said Dr. Waxman. “We will be able to provide teachers, clinicians and therapists with incredibly comprehensive tools to more aggressively treat a spectrum of cognitive disorders that may range from typical learning problems encountered by teachers in their everyday interaction with their students to severe cognitive deficits resulting from developmental disorders and acquired brain injury.”

As a direct result of the Touro College/Feuerstein Center partnership, on Monday May 4th, an inaugural introductory conference entitled “Learning Potential and Human Modifiability: Implications for Educators and Therapists” will be held. Individuals wishing to attend may register here: http://www.touro.edu/general/events/feuerstein/