Prof. Natti Ronel: The Grace Therapy Technique

Prof. Natti Ronel is Head of BIU’s Department of Criminology, a clinical criminologist and a world renowned expert in addiction treatment and prevention. Prof. Ronel formulated the positive criminology and victimology approaches in modern research. These approaches are currently being studied by other experts and are presented at international academic conferences. 

Prof. Ronel conceived ‘Grace Therapy’, a treatment method for people suffering from addictions or other behavioral illnesses, and for victims of violent acts. The Grace Therapy technique is based on AA’s 12 step program, with modified to manage a wide range of human conditions such as behavioral disorders, mental illnesses and other disturbances.  Prof. Ronel uses this method to treat addicts and their families, juvenile delinquents, at-risk youth, victims of violence and anyone seeking spiritual guidance.

Another comprehensive study lead by Prof. Ronel focuses on teenage children of an addicted parent. Based on his findings, for the first time experts could establish the criminological term of “subjective risk and safety factors”. Ronel also took part in the study of the forgiveness process of Israeli bereaved parents, and lead numerous studies on criminal careers and rehabilitation of both criminals and victims. 

Prof. Ronel’s phenomenological studies stress the human aspects of science and attempt to penetrate and interpret the worldview of the participants. He also developed “Criminal Spin”, a phenomenological-hermeneutical model of criminality with practical implications for ending the criminal cycle.
Based on his extensive research on at-risk and distressed youth, Ronel developed the theory of ‘perceived altruism’, an attitude that clients may attribute to those who work with them, which affects the handlers' unique contribution and their service as a whole.
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