Naomi L. Baum is a member of the CMBM Faculty and Supervision Team. She has worked with CMBM in Sonoma County, CA in the wake of the forest fires that swept that area.
Dr. Baum is a psychologist and consults in the field of trauma and resilience worldwide. She recently concluded a twelve year tenure as Director of the Resilience Unit at the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma, Jerusalem as well as Senior Consulting Psychologist for Chai Lifeline-Project Chai in New York. She has been a consulting psychologist for schools, and taught courses in psychology at the university level both in the USA and Israel. In the last decade Dr. Baum has dedicated herself to creating and implementing resilience-building programs for those exposed to trauma, be it terrorism, war or natural disaster. Her unique BRI-Building Resilience Intervention model focusing on strengths and resources has been adopted by schools for teacher training and parent workshops, as well as with police, firefighters, paramedics, rabbis, and nurses to help them deal with exposure to trauma. This program has been introduced throughout Israel, as well as Mexico, Spain, Haiti and the USA in the wake of trauma and disaster. Naomi has published several books, including ISRESILIENCE: What Israelis Can Teach the World, Life Unexpected: A Trauma Psychologist Journeys through Breast Cancer, and My Year of Kaddish: Mourning, Memory and Meaning.
Naomi earned her MA and PhD from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA, and her B.A. from Bar-Ilan University, Israel. She was a fellow at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem. She has been married to her husband for 45 years and has raised with him their seven children. She is the proud grandmother of twenty one. Her hobbies include scuba diving, reading and biking. She lives with her husband in Efrat, Israel.