Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
The Barcai Institute was established in 1978 as a systemic Family Therapy clinical and training centre. Over the years it has evolved and become committed to Narrative Therapy, Social Constructionism and collaborative ideas. Barcai is devoted to applying these approaches in clinical practice, and to training therapists in them. The Institute’s training program is approved by the by the Israeli Association for Couples and Family Therapy for certification of therapists and supervisors.
Saviona has been practicing, teaching and supervising Narrative Therapy since connecting with Michael White in 1988 while training at the Ackerman Institute of Family in New York. As a Narrative Family therapist, she works with individuals, couples, families and children - around relationships, trauma, bereavement, anorexia/bulimia, gender, LGBTQ and sex.
Saviona has published several articles about her work, presented at international Narrative conferences since 1997, taught courses in Narrative Therapy at training institutes in several countries, and lectured at the University of Melbourne’s Masters Program in Narrative Therapy. She is on the International Faculty of the Dulwich Centre, Adelaide, a member of the international advisory group of the International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, and serves on the Training Committee of the Israeli Association for Couples and Family Therapy.
In the complex realities of Israel, Saviona, with the Barcai team, reaches out to the varied communities that make up the Israeli social mosaic - Jewish, Moslem, Christian and Druse; secular and orthodox; immigrants from different countries - providing training courses throughout the country, and facilitating training for therapists from marginalized communities at Barcai - deeply respectful of the diverse cultures, narratives, challenges, knowledge, skills and aspirations. Saviona is also active in the Women Wage Peace movement.