Haim Omer






Date and Place of Birth:June 20, 1949, Brazil

Marital Status and No. of children: Married, five children


Period of Study   University         Subject       Degree   Date of Awarded

1968-1971         Hebrew Univ.  Psychology        B.A.            1971

1975-1977         Hebrew Univ.  Psychology        M.A.           1977

1983-1986         Hebrew Univ.  Psychology        Ph.D.         1986

Master’s Thesis:  The Management of Guilt in the Major Religions

Supervisor: Zeev Klein

Doctoral Dissertation: Psychological Factors in Preterm Labor

Supervisors:  Dov Friedlander and Zvi Palti


Period of Study   University    Subject         Degree   Date Awarded

1986-1987           Harvard      Psychology  (postdoc.)



 Period            Institution                  Department               Rank/Function

1971-1975  IDF/Psychology          Research                   Investigator

1975-1977  Neve-Zeelim                School                       Therapist

1977-1979  IDF/Mental Health      Clinic                          Therapist

1979-1981  Ezrath Nashim            Clinic                          Therapist

1981-1983  Hebrew Univ.              Counseling               Therapist

1981-1986  Hebrew Univ.              Psychology               Lecturer

1986-1987  Harvard Univ.              Education                  Post-doctoral student

1988-1998  Tel-Aviv Univ.              Psychology               Senior Lecturer

1993            Tel Aviv Univ.            Psychology              Tenure

Since 1998  Tel Aviv Univ.            Psychology              Associate Professor


Omer, H. (1994).  Critical Interventions in Psychotherapy: From Impasse To Turning Point.  New York: Norton[1]

Omer, H. & Alon, N. (1997).  Constructing Therapeutic Narratives.  PA: Jason Aronson[2]


Omer, H. (2000)  Parental Presence: Reclaiming a Leadership Role in Bringing up our Children.  Phoenix, AZ: Zeig, Tucker et al[3].

Omer, H. (2004). Non-Violent Resistance: A New Approach to Violent and Self-destructive Children.  Cambridge University Press[4]

Alon, N. & Omer, H. (2006). The Psychology of Demonization: Reducing Conflict and Promoting Acceptance.  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah, NJ[5] 

Omer, H. & Leibowitz, E. (2007). Children’s Fears: How to Support instead of Overprotecting.  Sfarim Be’Am (In Hebrew)

Omer, H. (2011).  The new authority: Family, school and community. Cambridge University Press.  In German: Goettingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht  (in German). In Hebrew: Modan (2008)


Omer, H.  The American Army’s experience with battle trauma:         Literature review.  Centre for Behavioral  Sciences, IDF (In Hebrew),  1974.

Omer, H. Community disaster: Literature review.  Center for Behavioral Sciences, IDF (In Hebrew), 1974.

Omer, H.  Nocturnal enuresis: An analysis of the  problem and a treatment program for army conditions.  Mental Health Center, IDF (In Hebrew), 1979.

Omer, H. Objective personality inventories literature review. Centre for        Behavioral Sciences, IDF (In Hebrew) , 1981.

Omer, H. Paradoxical treatments: A unified concept. Psychotherapy:  Theory, Research, and Practice, Vol. 18, 1981 (pp.320-324)

Omer, H. The macrodynamics of Ericksonian therapy.  The Journal of Strategic and Systemic Therapy, Vol. 1,1982 (pp. 34-45) 

Omer, H. Frontline treatament of soldiers with battle stress reactions:  Directives for psychologists and commanding officers. Centre for Behavioral Sciences, IDF  (In Hebrew), 1982.

Omer, H., Foldes, J., Toby, M,, & Menczel, J. (Screening for cognitive deficits in a sample of hospitalized geriatric patients.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 31, 1983 (pp. 266-268)

Omer, H. Frames and symptoms.  The Journal of Strategic and Systemic Therapy, Vol. 3, 1984 (pp. 5-15)

Omer, H. Fulfilment of therapeutic tasks as a precondition for acceptance in therapy.  American Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 39, 1985 (pp. 175-185)

Babayov, D., Omer, H., & Menczel, J.  Sensory integration therapy for hip fracture and CVA patients.  The Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 52,1985 (pp. 133-137) 

Omer, H., Babayov, D. & Menczel, J. Comparison of verbal and non-verbal memory in elderly normal subjects and dementia patients.  Israel Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 21, 1985 (pp. 283-287) 

Omer, H. Integrating paradoxical interventions in the normal course of therapy:  A nonspecific approach.  American Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol.  40, 1986 (pp. 572-581) 

Omer, H. Possible psychophysiological mechanisms in premature labor.  Psychosomatics, Vol. 27, 1986 (pp. 580-584) 

Omer, H., Elizur, Y., Barnea, T., Palti, Z., & Friedlander, D. Psychological variables and premature labor: Possible solutions for some methodological problems.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Vol.  30, 1986 (pp. 553-559)

Omer, H., Friedlander, D., Palti, Z., & Shekel, I. Life-stresses and premature labor:  Real connection or artifactual findings? Psychosomatic Medicine, Vol.  48, 1986 (pp. 362-369) 

Omer, H., Fiedlander, D., & Palti, Z. Hypnotic-Relaxation in the treatment of premature labor.  Psychosomatic Medicine, Vol. 48, 1986 (pp. 351-361) 

Omer, H., Palti, Z., & Friedlander, D. Evaluating treatments for preterm labor:  Possible solutions for some methodological problems.  European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and  Reproductive Biology, Vol. 22, 1986 (pp. 229-236) 

Omer, H. Therapeutic impact:  A major neglected factor in directive psychotherapy.  Psychotherapy, Vol. 24, 1987, (pp. 52-57) 

Omer, H. A hypnotic-relaxation technique for the treatment of premature labor.   American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Vol. 29, 1987, (pp. 206-213)) 

Omer, H. & Sirkovitz, A. Failure of hypnotic-relaxation in the treatment of postterm pregnancies.  Psychosomatic Medicine, Vol.  49,1987 (pp. 606-609) 

Omer, H., Nishri, R. & Neri, A. Psychological     variables in post-date pregnancies.  Psychosomatic Medicine, Vol. 49,1987 (pp.610-615) 

Omer, H., & Spivak, M. Contacting the acutely disorganized patient.  Psychotherapy, Vol. 24,1987 (pp. 368-374) 

Omer, H., Darnel, A., Silberman, N., Shuval, D., & Palti, Z. Hypnotic-Relaxation in an obstetrical and gynecological ward.  Ericksonian Monographs, Vol. 4,1988 (pp.28-36)

Omer, H., & London, P. Metamorphosis in psychotherapy: The end of the systems’ era.  Psychotherapy, Vol. 25,1988 (pp. 171-180)

Omer, H., & Everly, G. Psychological variables and preterm labor:  A theoretical synthesis.  American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 145, 1988 (pp.1507-1513)

Omer, H., & Alon, N. Principles of psychotherapeutic strategy.  Psychotherapy, Vol. 26,1989 (pp. 282-289) 

Omer, H., & London, P. Signal and noise in psychotherapy:  The role         and control of nonspecific factors.   British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 155, 1989 (pp. 239-245)

Omer, H. Specifics and nonspecifics in psychotherapy.  American Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 43,1989 (pp. 181-192) 

Omer, H. Enhancing the impact of therapeutic interventions.  American Journal of Psychotherpay, Vol. 44, 1990 (pp. 218-231)

Omer, H. Dialectical interventions and the structure of strategy.  Psychotherapy, Vol.  28,1991 (pp. 563-571)

Omer, H. Writing a post-scriptum to a badly ended therapy.  Psychotherapy, Vol. 28, 1991 (pp.484-492).  Appeared also in German in Systema (1991). 

Omer, H. Populations in disaster: Roles of an emergency team.  Sihot, Vol. 5, 1991 (pp. 157-170)

Omer, H. & DaVerona, M.  Doctor Iago’s treatment of Othello.  American Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol.  45,1991 (pp. 99-112 )

Lange, A. & Omer, H. Wirkung und Inhalt:  Die zwei Seiten therapeutischer Interventionen.  Praxis der Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik, Vol. 36, 1991 (pp.117-131)

Omer, H. & Dar, R. Changing trends in three decades of psychotherapy research: The flight from theory into  pragmatics.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 60,1992 (pp. 88-93)

Strenger, C. & Omer, H. Pluralistic criteria for psychotherapy:  An alternative to sectarianism, anarchy, and utopian integration.  American Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 46,1992 (pp.111-130)

Omer, H.  The theoretical, empirical, and clinical foundations of the concept of “therapeutic impact”   Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, Vol. 2,1992 (pp. 193-206 )

Omer, H. & Strenger, C. From the one true meaning to an infinity of            constructed ones.  Psychotherapy, Vol. 29,1992 (pp. 253-261)

DaVerona, M. & Omer, H. Reversing chronic processes with mental            patients:  An interpersonal model. Psychotherapy, Vol. 29,1992 (pp. 355-365)

Omer, H., Kadmon, A., Wiseman, H. & Dar, R. Therapeutic impact in smoking cessation:  Accounting for the differential effectiveness of treatments        Psychotherapy Vol. 29,1992 (pp.653-660)

Omer, H. The integrative focus:  Coordinating symptom- and person-oriented approaches in treatment.   American Journal of Psychotherapy Vol. 47,1993 (pp.283-295 )

Omer, H. Quasi-literary elements in psychotherapy.  Psychotherapy Vol. 30, 1993 (pp.59-66 ) 

Omer, H. Short-term psychotherapy and the rise of the life-sketch.           Psychotherapy, Vol.  30,1993 (pp. 668-673)

Omer, H., Dar, R., Weinberg, B. & Grossbard, O.  A process scale of therapeutic impact.  Psychotherapy Research, Vol. 4,1993 (pp.34-42 )

Dar, R., Serlin, R. C. & Omer, H. The misuse of statistical tests in three       decades of psychotherapy research.   Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 62,1994 (pp. 75-82 )

Omer, H. & Alon, N.   The principle of continuity: Unifying treatment and management in disaster and trauma.  American Journal of Community Psychology, Vol.22,1994 (pp.273-287) (published also in Hebrew in Psychologia)

Omer, H. Troubles in the therapeutic relationship: A pluralistic perspective.  In Session: Psychotherapy and Practice, Vol. 1,1995 (pp. 47-57 )

Dagan, Y., Sela, S., Omer, H., Dar, R. & Hallis, D. High prevalence of personality disorders in circadian rhythm sleep disorder patients.  Journal of Psychosomatic research, Vol. 41,1996 (pp. 357-363)        

Norcross, J.C., Martin, J., Omer, H., Pinsof, W., Rapp, H., & Raw, S. When (and how) does psychotherapy integration improve clinical effectiveness?  A round table.  Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, Vol. 6,1996 (pp.295-332)

Omer, H. Narrative empathy.  Psychotherapy, Vol. 34,1997 (pp. 19-27) (Published also in Hebrew in Sihot) .

Omer, H. & Rosenbaum, R. Diseases of hope and the work of despair.  Psychotherapy, Vol. 34,1997 (pp. 225-232).  Appeared also in German in Systema (1997). 

Omer, H., Winsch, G., Dar, R. & Therapeutic impact in the treatment of test anxiety and smoking dependence.  Psychotherapy Research, Vol. 8,1998 (pp. 439-454)


Omer, H. Helping parents deal with children’s acute disciplinary problems without escalation: The principle of non-violent resistance.  Family Process, Vol. 40, 2001 (pp. 53-66) (appeared also in German in Systema)

Omer, H., & Elitzur, A. C. What would you say to the person on the roof: A suicide prevention text.  Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Vol. 31, 2001(pp.129-139) (appeared also in Hebrew, Portuguese, German and Russian)

Alon, N., & Omer, H. On escalation: Some false assumptions of Israel’s policy in the conflict with the Palestinians (in German).  Kontext, Vol. 33, 2002 (pp. 224-229)

Omer, H. Non-violent resistance in the treatment of children with obsessive- compulsive disorders (in German).  Systema, Vol. 17, 2004 (pp. 215-230)

Omer, H. & Weinblatt, U. Resistance non-violente: Guide pour les parents d’adolescents presentant des comportements violents ou autodestructeurs.  Cahiers Critiques de Therapie Familiale et de Pratiques de Reseaux, Vol. 34, 2005 (pp. 77-105)

Omer, H., Irbauch, R., Berger, H., & Katz-Tissona, R. Non-violent resistance and school violence: Program description and first findings. Mifgash Leavodah Hinukhit Sotzialit, Vol.  23,2006 (pp. 103-119) (In Hebrew)  

Omer, H., Belfer, S. & Mellinger, L. Non-violent resistance in the treatment of battered women (in German)  Systeme. Interdisziplinäre Zeitschrift für systemtheoretisch orientierte Forschung und Praxis in den Humanwissenschaften, Vol. 21,2007 (pp. 29-51)

Mishali, M., Omer, H., Vaknin, Y. & Heymann, A.. Conceptualization and Measurement of Resistance to Treatment: A Resistance to Treatment Questionnaire for People with Diabetes.  Family Practice, Vol. 26, 2007 (pp.610-615).

Weinblatt, U. & Omer, H.  Non-violent resistance: A treatment for parents of children with acute behavior parents.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34, 2008. (pp.75-92)

Omer, H., Schorr-Sapir, I., & Weinblatt, U. Non-violent resistance and violence against siblings.  Journal of Family Therapy, Vol. 30, 2008 (pp.450, 460-464).

Omer, H., Schlippe, A.v. (2009). The new authority as a frame for re-attachment (in German). Familiendynamik, Vol. 34,  (pp. 246-254)  

Ollefs, B., Schlippe, A.v., Omer, H.,  Kriz, J. (2009). Youngsters with externalizing behavior problems: Effects of parent training (in German). Familiendynamik, Vol. 34, 2009 (pp. 256-265)

Buell, S., Asen, E., Borduin, C., Omer, H., Schlippe, A. & Schweitzer, J.  Special case discussion: The overburdened grandparents (in German).  Familiendynamik  Vol. 34, 2009 (pp. 302-307)

Chapters in Books

Omer, H. Using therapeutic splits to construct empathic narratives.  In, M.F. Hoyt (Ed.,) The Handbook of Constructive Therapies,.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 1998 (pp.414-427).


Alon, N., & Omer, H. Demonic and tragic narratives in psychotherapy.  In Lieblich, A., McAdams, D.P., & Josselson, R. (Eds.), Healing plots: The narrative basis of psychotherapy.  Washington, DC: APA Press,  2004, (29-48)

Omer, H., Schorr-Sapir, I. & Weinblatt, U.  Violence against siblings and non-violent resistance (in German)  In C. Tsirigotis, A. von Schlippe, J. Schweitzer-Rothers (Eds.), Coaching for parents: Father, mothers and their job” . Heidelberg: Carl Auer Verlag. Also in French: Resistence non-violente et violence entre freres. Therapie Familiale, Vol.  28, 2006 (pp. 27-44)

Omer, H.  Forword (In German). In, A. von Schlippe & M. Grabbe (Eds.), Workbook of parental training: Non-violent resistance in praxis. Goettingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2007, (pp. 7-11).

Omer, H. & Irbauch, R. (In German). School-violence and non-violent resistance. In, R. Voss (Ed.), Authority and violence prevention: Success through      collaboration between family and school. Heidelberg, Carl-Auer Verlag 2008.  (pp. 119-140)

 Omer, H. (In German). Parental presence and parental attention. In, R. Voss (Ed.), Authority and violence prevention: Success through collaboration between family and school.  Heidelberg, Carl-Auer Verlag 2008. (pp. 56-87)

Omer, H. (In German). Violence against the mother. In, R. Voss (Ed.), Authority and violence prevention: Success through collaboration between family and school.  Heidelberg, Carl-Auer Verlag (2008). (pp. 88-100)


Omer, H. & Leibowitz, E. (In Japanese). A guide for parents of school-avoidant and self-isolating children and adolescents.  Special chapter for the Japanese edition of “Non-violent resistance: A new approach for violent and self-destructive children (in press).

Omer, H. (In German). Parental presence and watchful care. In, R. Voss (Ed.), Authority and violence prevention: Success through collaboration between family and school. Heidelberg, Carl-Auer Verlag, (in press).

[1] Published also in Hebrew and Portuguese

[2] Published also in Hebrew

[3] Published also in Portuguese and German

[4] Published also in Hebrew, German, Dutch and French

[5] Published also in Hebrew and German