Wed, 3 September 2014
Dr. Eli (Eliezer) Somer is an Israeli Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Haifa, School of Social Work. He is the former President of both the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD, 2009-2011) and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD, 2005-2006). Dr. Somer is the founder and a scientific advisor of TDIL – Trauma and Dissociation Israel, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse.
Dr. Somer was born in Israel, a son of Holocaust survivors. He graduated high school at the Hebrew Gymnasium in Jerusalem in 1969. He served at the IDF in the War of Attrition as a tank crewman, and in the Yom Kippur War as a tank Commander. Somer served for many years as a reservist combat Mental Health Officer at the Medical Corps of the Israel Defence Forces specialising in combat stress reactions.
Dr. Somer is currently a peace activist and an advocacy activist for victims of sexual and child abuse.