Haruv Institute - Annual Report - 2015
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We are delighted to present the Haruv Institute’s activity report for 2015. The Haruv Institute is a leading Israeli and international center for training in the field of child maltreatment. Haruv trains professionals, paraprofessionals, researchers, parents and children on prevention, identification, treatment and rehabilitation of children who have experienced abuse or neglect. At the same time it continues to enhance and advance professional knowledge in its field and make this knowledge accessible throughout Israel and the world. More than 5,000 professionals participated in Haruv’s annual and periodic programs during 2015, including in workshops, conferences, and seminars offered as single day programs or extended programs of two or more days. In addition, through ever-widening circles of influence, tens of thousands of people have benefited from these programs through information passed on by Haruv- trained professionals or others attending its programs, and through written material disseminated by Haruv at various conferences and training sessions, published in the media, and presented on its website. We trust you will find the current report which reviews our work, of interest. It includes information on the diverse programs in which the Institute has participated, initiated, developed and implemented. The description of each activity includes its estimated budget. We look forward to your feedback and ideas to improve and develop Haruv’s activities for the benefit and wellbeing of children at risk.
With best wishes,
Professor Asher Ben- Arieh CEO, Haruv Institute
Areas of activity
1. About the Haruv Institute
2. Budget Data
3. Study and Training Programs
4. Conferences and Seminars
6. Research and International Activities
7. Haruv USA
8. Haruv in the media
About The Haruv Institute
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About the Haruv Institute
The Haruv Institute, founded by the Schusterman Foundation, is Israel’s leading training and research center on child abuse and neglect. The Institute educates professionals, paraprofessionals, researchers, parents and children on the prevention, identification, treatment and rehabilitation of children who are victims of abuse or neglect. Haruv is unique in the comprehensive, multi-disciplinary activities which it pursues geared to effectively address the issue of child abuse and neglect, including in the medical, legal, emotional, psychological, educational and social arenas. The Institute strives to develop a professional community which is well- trained and highly skilled. Haruv develops and enhances the tools available to the professional community and trusts that it will do everything in its power to guarantee the safety and well-being of children who are victims of abuse and neglect. The Institute continues to develop cutting-edge professional knowledge on child abuse and neglect for dissemination in Israel and worldwide. In addition, the Institute develops and implements advanced training programs designed primarily for professionals in the field. • • Provides ongoing and short-term educational programs and courses for diverse target populations • • Organizes conferences, workshops and seminars attended by renowned Israeli and international experts and geared to various target audiences throughout Israel, and particularly in peripheral areas in order to increase their familiarity with up-to-date knowledge. • • Creates and disseminates professional publications on child abuse and neglect ; publishes information sheets, booklets and monographs which summarize relevant information and knowledge; supports the publication of original research, documents clinical research conducted in the field, and translates up-to-date knowledge into Hebrew. • • Builds an infrastructure to support research , initiating advanced research on child abuse and neglect based on Israeli and international scientific knowledge, in order to create an infrastructure that supports policy making processes, the development of services, and treatment interventions. • • Trains young researchers.
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• • Promotes the exchange of professional knowledge between Israel and other countries, thereby maintaining the Institute’s role as a lead player in the international arena and as a significant contributor of innovative and current knowledge. These activities are further reinforced through the establishment of the USA branch of Haruv Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma. • • Seeks collaborative initiatives and opportunities to promote the development of new projects in the area of child abuse and neglect, whilepooling resources andknowledge.This activity includes the initiation and establishment of the Haruv Children’s Campus in cooperation with thirteen organizations; the child abuse prevention program known as Meha”lev in conjunction with the Meyers-Joint-Brookdale institute and the Israel National Council for the Child; the Strong Communities project for prevention of abuse and neglect, and more. Haruv’s professional staff come from diverse, relevant professional backgrounds. Work conducted at the Institute is supported by a public council of leading professionals in the field. The council assists the Institute’s management in formulating its professional policies and strategies and in positioning the Institute as a leader in training, education, and research on child abuse and neglect. For more details, Visit our website: www.haruv.org.il
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TheCharles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation established theHaruv Institute and is its main funder. In recent years there has been a significant increase in the scope of the Institute’s activities, also reflected in budget growth. As the chart indicates, over the past two years there has been an increase in income from other sources.
Annual Budget in $m Schusterman Foundation in $m
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Training hospital physicians as content specialists in identifying and treating abused children – ongoing program
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Affairs and the Office of the Attorney General Although the phenomenon of child abuse is not rare and has been recognized for quite some time, it is not studied in a uniform and systematic way in any of Israel’s four medical schools. Furthermore, the extent to which medical students are exposed to children who have been abused during the course of their studies varies, and very much depends on where they are doing their internship. The program for training hospital physicians as content experts in the field was designed to provide them with knowledge and practical skills; develop their ability to identify, report and document abuse and neglect ; and assist them in dealing with abuse and neglect in children. The Haruv Institute intends to continue training physicians to pioneer the field of child abuse medicine in Israel and to subsequently have these physicians train their colleagues. Program graduates have become specialists in the field, and will be available to provide consultations and diagnoses, and partner in treatment, follow-up and documentation. They will also write medical opinions based on their expertise. In addition, a follow-up program was held for the graduates of two rounds of the course with an eye to creating a professional community and expanding knowledge in the areas studied in the course, including forensic, clinical and emotional issues arising in the course of dealing with child abuse. In 2015 three sessions were held, focusing on: Case histories; the need for uniform hospital procedures; writing medical opinions in cases of suspected abuse; and the joint work and cooperation between the L. Greenberg National Institute of Forensic Medicine and course graduates. The program brought about significant improvement in the treatment and follow-up of abused children being dealt with by the medical system.
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Sessions: 3 quarterly one-day sessions Participants: Some 40 graduates of the medical specialists’ course, from all over Israel, specializing in pediatricmedicine, gynecology, obstetrics, pediatric surgery, family medicine, and forensic medicine.
Participants’ feedback: This course provides tools for identifying abused children, especially via the simulations. An excellent course, experiential, and contributing much. I hope that with the tools we attained we will be able to minimize the consequences. Thanks so much and well done!
Budget: NIS. 10,000- Link to article on Stage 1 of the program. Haruv Institute Journal “ Nekudat Mifgash” #2: http://haruv.org.il/_Uploads/dbsAttachedFiles/haruv-NET.pdf
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Therapist and mentor training program for sexually abused children from the ultra-orthodox sector In collaboration with the Bnei-Brak Municipality Therapists in the ultra-Orthodox community bridge the gap between the ultra-Orthodox world, the authorities, and diverse therapeutic frameworks. Their growing awareness, openness, and understanding of the need for treatment, their cooperation with therapeutic frameworks and authorities outside the community, along with the understanding that the ultra- Orthodox community’s culture is likely to impact on their work, spurred the Haruv Institute to initiate a program focused on training therapists from this community on working with children who have experienced sexual abuse. Through this program, Haruv seeks to assist in promoting change within the ultra-Orthodox community, and in developing cooperation between community leaders and the authorities. The Institute also aims to heighten awareness among professionals outside the Ultra-Orthodox community who are treating sexually abused children, with regard to the community’s unique characteristics, and familiarize them with the dilemmas which the community’s professionals face. In 2015, the 8th course for training ultra-Orthodox therapists was held. To date, three courses were held for men, and four for women. The course focused on treating child victims of sexual abuse while taking the cultural context into account. The program included frontal lectures and small group sessions. A training session for counselors of the“Giving a Voice”programwas also held. This program operates in primary schools in the religious and ultra-Orthodox educational systems, and teaches children how to protect themselves from sexual abuse. The training session was attended by program counselors from across Israel. In the 2015-2016 school year, the program will run in 15 schools and will reach over 3,000 pupils, between 800 to 1,000 parents, and 200 teachers. Sessions: 20 one-day sessions for therapists, and 7 one-day sessions for school counselors throughout Israel. Participants: 24 women therapists and 24 school counselors
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Participants’ feedback: The lecturers were excellent. The program was well thought out and invested, organized. Thank you! A fascinating course, thorough and amazing. I received a great deal from it. Excellent program, I deeply appreciate it. From the encounters with lecturers and therapists I learned things that are beyond content and knowledge.
Budget: NIS. 170,000- Interview with Ms. Tali Shlomi, manager of the Haruv Institute department for sexual abuse and special populations – with Ben Caspit for the “Making Order” show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEQWx6qs-zw&feature=youtu.be
Course for women therapists in the ultra-Orthodox sector, June 2015
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Training course for principals in the beit shemesh ultra-orthodox school system In collaboration with the“Maaneh” (Response) Association June – September 2015 This course trains male and female principals in the Talmud Torah educational system and in early childhood educational frameworks in the ultra-Orthodox community on “Protection Awareness,” identification of abuse, and putting the system to work in dealing with sexual abuse. The course was held in collaboration with the Maaneh Association which operates a child abuse therapeutic service in the Beit Shemesh ultra-Orthodox community. Sessions: 10 Participants: 40 male and female principals of educational institutions Budget: NIS. 40,000
Training course for male and female principals of Ultra-Orthodox Talmud Torah schools in Beit Shemesh, 2015
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Training therapists in sexual abuse treatment centers In collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs and the National Insurance Institute As part of a joint venture of the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Rashi Foundation, and the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi), 12 centers for sexually abused children were established, in Tzfat, Carmiel, Afula, Hadera, Netanya, Haifa, Nazareth, Bnei Brak, Lod, Holon, Kiryat Malachi, Beer Sheva and Jerusalem. The Haruv Institute assists in the training of all the centers’ staffs. Over the course of the year, a two-day conference was held for center staffs on the topic of sexual abuse among siblings. The Institute tailored the training to the needs of each Center. Among topics chosen for training this year are: EMDR, training for court testimony, intervention with families when working with victims of sexual abuse, child sexuality, and projective therapeutic techniques using therapeutic cards based on CBT, SEE FAR, DBT, SE, and more. Participants: Some 200 staff members from sexual abuse treatment centers Budget: NIS. 350,000
Course for women therapists in the ultra-Orthodox sector, June 2015
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Training Therapists In The Arab- Israeli Community In The Treatment Of Sexually Abused Children In collaboration with the National Insurance Institute The Arab-Israeli community’s sensitivity with regard to sexual abuse requires a culturally-adapted approach. This training program is targeted at therapists with seniority and experience in treating children, and whose professional backgrounds are in social work, psychology and in other relevant therapeutic areas. In the framework of this joint venture between the Haruv Institute and the National Insurance Institute, a nation-wide training program was launched in August 2013 for therapists in the Arab-Israeli community. The Institute committed to conducting four courses for Arab therapists throughout Israel. In the following year, two study programs were held, one in Nazareth and the other in Givat Haviva. In 2015, two additional programs were held, including one in Beer Sheva, which added an emphasis on the Bedouin community- dominant in the region; and the second - in Tira. These courses aimed at expanding the pool of Arab professionals specializing in treating sexually abused children and their families by providing themwith advanced theoretical knowledge and with practical tools for coping with the phenomenon. The course included both lectures, and clinical training using case histories. Lecturers and facilitators included professionals and experts from diverse disciplines. In addition to theoretical content on sexual abuse and on Arab culture, the training course included clinical supervision based on case presentations Sessions: 17 – 20 one-day sessions Participants: 16 Arab therapists from southern Israel, and 24 from central and northern Israel Budget: NIS. 240,000-
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Participants’ Feedback: Content was focused and in-depth, and the program was extremely well organized, and relevant. Coordinators and facilitators were highly attentive, containing, and empathic. Their flexibility promoted the group dynamic. The course provided current knowledge and knowhow, the group’s homogeneity group provided a good deal of support and backup. The low cost of this course made it possible for many to participate. The multidisciplinary team providing this course made it unique and allowed us to learn not only from colleagues but also from psychotherapists and other professionals from various fields.
Link to article on this course: http://haruv.org.il/_Uploads/dbsAttachedFiles/ scooper0104.pdf
A learning group in Beer Sheva, June 2015
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Training program for treating sexual abuse of children The Holon Psychological - Educational Service December 2014 – July 2015
This training program for the Holon Psychological - Educational Service’s team of psychologists, focused on treating sexual abuse. The program was based on lectures, workshops, and guidance provided in small groups. The first part of the program included training in sexual abuse: defining the phenomenon, sexual development and abuse across all ages, the development spectrum, the dynamics of secrecy and denial, diagnosis, principles of therapy, therapeutic tools, and family aspects of sexual abuse of children. The second part included study of systemic aspects and interfaces when treating cases of sexual abuse: Investigation of children, the Child Protection Law and mandatory reporting, medical assessment, and more. The program’s third part focused on treating children who exhibit abusive sexual behavior: diagnosis, the cycle of abuse, assessing needs and risk, talking to parents in the therapeutic space, issues of individual therapy, and more. The training course closed with a day of simulated experiential activities in MSR (Israel Center for Medical Simulation). Sessions: 34 Participants: 15 employees of the Holon Psychological Services and 3 social workers from the Department of Social Services. Total: 18 participants. Budget: NIS. 95,000 Participants’ Feedback: Excellent lectures – may we benefit from many more! I appreciate the tools I gained, which will be very effective in the field. It was a very important course. Thank you so much.
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Therapeutic intervention for children with disabilities who are victims of abuse – training for “shekel” association therapists In collaboration with the Shekel (Community Services for People with Disability) Association and supported by the Sebba Fund
Despite the large number of children with disabilities who experience abuse and neglect, intervention among this population has remained a “fallow field”. It is only recently that initial steps are being taken towards appropriate and effective treatment, but very few centers have taken on this challenge. Furthermore, research on this issue is only in its initial stages in Israel, and the knowledge on which
A supervision group, 2015
Israeli therapists base themselves derives from international sources. Very few researchers, academics and therapists have delved into the area of children and youth with disabilities who have suffered abuse and neglect. For this reason, the Haruv Institute initiated a training program in TF-CBT, or Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, for staff treating such children. Treatment is evidence-based, short-term and focused, and has been found effective in addressing complex psychological issues deriving from the traumatic experience of sexual abuse, including anxiety, eating disorders, social anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) begins with the basic premise that the internal interpretation of reality (unproductive thoughts and habits) causes stress, and that changing such interpretations through focused short-term therapy will bring with it the needed relief. This project’s goal was to find methods and means for treating children and youth with disabilities who have been the victims of abuse. Treatment
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practices are evidence- based, accompanied by research, and adapted to personal and family characteristics and to the Israeli environment. Actions taken to date: ██ A review of research on the effectiveness of dynamic therapy as currently conducted at Shekel. ██ In 2013 the CBT study method was selected and taught in 2014. Therapy is accompanied by research to assess the effectiveness of this therapeutic method when working with children and youth with disabilities who are victims of sexual abuse. ██ In 2014 case histories were studied in small groups. Study and therapy processes were accompanied by research. ██ In 2015 a group training session was held on how to apply the method, and included discussion of case histories. Research continued on adapting the method for treating children with disabilities who have experienced abuse. Sessions: 5 study days Participants: 10 staff members treating sexually abused children with impairments Budget: NIS. 20,000 Training program for social workers in “Otot” association hostels In collaboration with the Otot Association: September 2014 – June 2015 The Otot (‘Signals’) Association operates hostels for high-risk youth. These hostels provide a home and both open and closed frameworks for youth with criminal backgrounds. Overall, these are childrenwho come frombackgrounds of severe neglect and abuse. This is the third year in which study programs are being conducted for social workers working with youth residing in the hostels who have experienced abuse and neglect. This year, work focused on their parents. Social workers met 8 times at the Haruv Institute in order to learn about diverse aspects of working with parents.
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In two of these sessions, simulations were conducted with actors from the Israel Center for Medical Simulation (MSR), and issues were raised with regard to interventions with parents. Sessions: 8 day -long monthly training sessions for social workers Participants: Some 20 social workers Budget: NIS. 16,000- Training course for “Otot” Association coordinators: 2015-16 In collaboration with the Otot Association The Otot Association offers an away-from-home community solution for high- risk youth. Within its diverse frameworks, Otot provides therapy, education and rehabilitation to the youth, while integrating them into the surrounding community. This is the 4th year in which the seminar is being held The role of the coordinator in the various Otot frameworks is complex, multidimensional, and poorly defined despite the fact that the coordinator is a key figure, positioned at the heart of many and varied situations and events. The coordinator’s therapeutic activities are directed at the youth in the particular framework, as well as to the staff. This seminar dealt with aspects of the coordinator’s role, and with relevant concepts and definitions. Its purposewas to engage in discourse on the nature of the role, to raise various issues with which the coordinator must cope, and provide tools for understanding and creating an intra-organizational therapeutic language. Each session comprised two parts. The first was theoretical, and was conveyed through professional lectures. The second focused on discussion between the lecturer and representatives of the Otot Association. Sessions: 7 sessions and one visit Participants: 13 Budget: NIS. 1,000-
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Programs For Beit Lynn Child Protection Centers
This yearlong study program was targeted at the multidisciplinary staff of those“Beit Lynn”Protection Centers which have been in operation longer than others—in Jerusalem and in Tel Hashomer. The program aimed at expanding and deepening the staff’s knowledge on professional and therapeutic issues which surface daily at the Centers. Topics studied included: Adolescence in the shadow of trauma, communication skills in working with young children, child investigation, post trauma therapy methods and more. The Haruv Institute facilitates the learning process on several levels: Through individual instruction andmentoring; by providing guidance to staffmembers in group frameworks, and through training days for the entire staffs of both Centers. This year an intensive study day was held for all Center staff, focusing on the issue of families and children impacted by divorce disputes. A training budget is allocated to each Center. The budget covers individual mentoring for the staff and for Center managers and group mentoring for all center staff. Each manager decides on the mix of content best suited to the needs of the specific center. Participants: 50 professionals from six Beit Lynn centers Budget: NIS. 145,000 Orientation Sessions for staff at The New Protection Centers In collaboration with the Hebrew University, Jerusalem 9-10 March 2015 As the opening of the new Protection Center in Ashkelon drew near, its staff participated in a two- day orientation seminar where diverse issues relating to child abuse were studied. Meetings were held with staff filling diverse roles at the more “veteran” centers. In addition, a workshop was held on the issue of teamwork under pressure and in challenging situations. The Ashkelon staff members who participated in the sessions included the director, the
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secretary, housemother, two Child Protection Law social workers, two child investigators, a policewoman, an attorney, and a pediatrician. The study session included overnight accommodations and a festive dinner to promote informal interaction and team-building. Orientation days prior to opening a new Protection Center are part of the Haruv Institute’s training programs being offered to Center staffs. Participants: 10 Protection Center staff members Budget: NIS. 28,000
Training session for students: The Israel Center for Medical Simulation (MSR), Tel Hashomer Hospital
The Haruv Institute strives to provide the best training possible for social work students and professionals working with abused children. Towards this end, we integrate innovative and experiential study tools found to be effective in offering course participants a high-quality learning experience. The Institute has joined forces with the Israel Center for Medical Simulation (MSR), particularly when training professionals such as physicians, nurses and attorneys. In cooperation with MSR, the Institute also offers workshops in all Schools of Social Work in Israel. MSR study days include lectures on child abuse, a workshop focusing on discussing difficult or traumatic events with children, and experiential simulations of situations which social workers are likely to face when working with families of abused children. In 2015, three of Israel’s academic institutions - Sapir Academic College, Ben Gurion University, and Bar Ilan University- participated in one-day activities at MSR. The participants were some 100 third-year Social Work students nearing completion of their BA. One-day activities were also held for MA Social Work students from Oklahoma University, Tulsa, OA. Joining these study days were participants in the “MSR on Wheels” program designed for students from academic institutions in outlying areas, such as Tzfat College.
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The objective of such programs is to expose students to issues relating to child abuse. The study day included a lecture on abuse and neglect of children and on the mandatory reporting of such abuse. It was a unique, meaningful and powerful experience which helped raise students’ awareness on these areas. The lecture was followed by a workshop on how to discuss traumatic and stressful eventswith children. Actors performed simulations presenting typical situations which social workers are likely to encounter when intervening with families of abused children. In 2015, a group of attorneys from the Central Region’s Criminal Division also attended an MSR workshop. The objective of this training session was to improve their communication skills when working with abused children and their families. Sessions: 1-day courses Participants: Hundreds of students and professionals Budget: NIS. 165,000 Oranim College two-year course: “Play Therapy” program In collaboration with Oranim College, Kiryat Tivon An innovative two-year course on play therapy was held at Oranim Academic College’s Shai Center for Multidimensional Psychotherapy. The course,“Secrets from the Playroom: Play Therapy for Victims of Stress and Abuse,” is targeted at professionals from therapeutic and auxiliary professions who wish to specialize in play therapy in working with child victims of abuse and neglect. The Haruv Institute provides financial support for this course in addition to professional consultancy on course content. In 2015 the Institute conducted two day-long workshops for course participants and participants from other Shai Center courses. The workshops focused on early childhood trauma intervention and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). Sessions: Once weekly, throughout the academic year. Participants: 20 professionals from therapeutic and auxiliary professions Budget: NIS. 14,000
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“Beit Midrash Dinah” Study Program In collaboration with theYaacov Herzog Center November 2014 – February 2015
Beit Midrash Dinah is a unique collaborative partnership between the Haruv Institute and the Yaakov Herzog Center, offering diverse populations an opportunity to access creative and informal study of traditional Jewish sources. The program is intended to provide therapists with additional
professional tools based on Jewish sources. As in bibliotherapy, Beit Midrash Dinah deals with ancient narratives from Jewish culture relevant to the issue of sexual abuse. The discussion centers on how situations of wrongdoing in these sources could be rectified. By way of example, victims of sexual abuse are asked how the silence of Dinah, (Jacob’s daughter) who was raped by Shechem, resonates with them. Does the voice of new midrashic (homiletic) interpretation provide Dinah with a new voice? Can the Biblical narrative be rectified, and thus also the lives of the sexually abused women? Additional narratives and issues are dealt with in a similar way. It appears that such a Beit Midrash can empower women professionals and provide them with additional knowledge and tools in their work. The Beit Midrash program integrates two fields of expertise: that of the Haruv Institute and that of the Herzog Center, allowing the program to use the study of Jewish sources to deal with issues of concern to professionals with regard to both the content and the emotional aspects of therapy. Study is conducted in a workshop format. The integration between two worlds—Jewish sources and professional knowhow and knowledge from the world of therapy - along with emotional processing - provides the base for the participants’ emotional and professional empowerment. Beit Midrash studies are led by two professional women facilitators, one from the field of Jewish studies and the other from the field of therapy.
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Study topics in 2015 included: ██ Against silencing – Giving the victim a voice ██ Legitimate sexuality and the body’s proper place ██ Treating victims and families of incest ██ Therapist -client relations including processes of transference and projection ██ Maintaining confidentiality ██ The process of forgiveness – is it possible? ██ Resilience and empowerment in the therapeutic process Sessions: 10 sessions of a half day each, once every two weeks Participants: 15 female therapists Budget: 2014
Certification Of Investigators For At Risk Youth In collaboration with Israel Police October 2015
The purpose of this course was to train police who are in the process of undergoing qualification as Investigators of “at risk youth”, and enable them to investigate child and youth victims of abuse and neglect and their families. In the framework of the course, police learn about various types of abuse and the impact of trauma on children. The police officers visited the Protection Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital and a hostel for youth at-risk, participated in a workshop with actors from the Israel Center for Medical Simulation (MSR), and in an additional workshop on secondary traumatization. Participants were also exposed to various aspects of child maltreatment. Sessions: 10 Sessions over two consecutive weeks Participants: 30 police officers Budget: NIS. 18,000
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Training for the after-school program’s staff of the “A Home For Every Child”
Association East Jerusalem In collaboration with the “Home for Every Child”Association January – June 2015
This course was conducted for the staff at the “Home for Every Child” Association’s after-school programs for children at risk in East Jerusalem. The purpose of this course is to expand knowledge on children at risk and abused children, and expand the toolbox available for coping with complex social and emotional situations among children. Topics studied included: various forms of abuse; identifying symptoms; mandatory reporting ; normative child development; the impact of trauma on child development; intergenerational transmission of abuse – what it is and how it occurs; and how to talk to children. The course also included various workshops on topics such as: the experience of encountering children at risk; how to deal with behavioral difficulties among children; and creative ways of working with children at risk.
Sessions: 4 one-day sessions Participants: 35 staff members Budget: NIS. 18,000
Training municipal social workers working with children at risk and their families In collaboration with municipal authorities and AJEEC* January – July 2015 Six sessions were held in Hadera and Bat Yam for social workers in Bedouin communities and three sessions were held in Jerusalem - two for staff inWest Jerusalem and one for staff working in East Jerusalem.
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The purpose of these study days was to assist social workers in coping on a daily basis with children at risk and their families. In the framework of these sessions, diverse content relevant to child abuse was studied, such as: the impact of trauma on child development; intergenerational transmission of risk and how to put an end to it; how to speak with children; working with youth at risk; conflict resolution in the family; crisis intervention; coping with client aggression and resistance; secondary traumatization, and more. Sessions: 8 sessions over two consecutive weeks Participants: 4 groups of some 35 family social workers each (total: 140 participants) Budget: NIS. 160,000-
*AJEEC – Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment & Cooperation
Study program for therapists in the Ethiopian-Israeli Community May – June 2015 The Haruv Institute conducted a study program for therapists from the Ethiopian-Israeli community. Its purpose was to develop and formulate principles for working with this community on issues related to abuse and neglect.
A learning group in Ashdod, 2015
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In the course of the program, participants wrote stories of their success in the course of their work with this population. These served as the basis from which to develop principles for successful therapeutic approaches. This program is innovative in that rather than coming from a patronizing approach aiming to teach therapists who are part of the community, it seeks to learn from the therapists’own experience and their intimate understanding of Ethiopian culture. With the program’s conclusion, a booklet will be produced with the stories the participants shared and the principles deriving from them. These will serve as important tools in assisting other professionals to work more effectively with the Ethiopian-Israeli community. Sessions: 6 half-day Sessions Participants: 10 Budget: NIS. 15,000 Training national service volunteers on child victims of abuse and neglect In collaboration with Hebrew University, Jerusalem, School This program trains young women (ages 18-19) who are volunteering in the National Service and working with children at risk , on issues of child neglect and abuse. The course aimed at expanding thewomen’s knowledge, providing themwith tools to enable them to cope with their work on an emotional level, and on various aspects of working with children at risk. Areas studied included: Children’s rights; factors causing risk among children; types of abuse; how to identify abuse and neglect; mandatory reporting; coping with difficult behaviors among children; teen girls at risk, and creative means of working with children at risk. of Social Work & Social Welfare December 2014 – March 2015
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The National Service volunteers also participated in a workshop focused on their experience in working with children at risk. Sessions: 4 half-day sessions Participants: 25 National Civic Service volunteers Budget: NIS. 5,000
Mentoring sessions for “Bamidbar” volunteers September 2015 – February 2016 Sessions were conducted with a group of 18-year old Jewish youth in the course of their year of volunteer service in the Bamidbar program. The meetings dealt with youth at risk in Israel, and on how to deal with both Jewish and Arab youth for whom violence is routine (at home, at school, in the neighborhood, etc.). The first sessionwas devoted to training the volunteers, young people who for the first time, are working with youth at risk or youth who have experienced violence and neglect as part of their daily lives. Emphasis was placed on providing them with tools to enable them to cope with this challenge. The first part of the study day was led by Mr. Uri David, Director of the “Jerusalem Hills Children’s Home” in the Judean Hills (formerly, Bnei Brit), who lectured on violence among youth. In the second part of the day, the group engaged in a lively discussion on the role of the youth counselor. The second session, in February 2016, was held at the Protection Center in Beer Sheva, and included a presentation on the Center’s activities and on how to cope with violence in Jewish, Arab and Bedouin societies. Sessions: 2 study days Participants: 24 Budget: NIS. 31,000
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Program for parents of children with disabilities: How can we prevent our children from being victimized? In collaboration with the Kesher Organization, the Beer Sheva “City of No Violence” Program, the Beer Sheva Center for Special Families, the Ashdod Municipal Rehabilitation Department, and the Ashdod Center for Special Families April 2015 – December 2016 Children with disabilities are exposed to violence and neglect far more than other children. International research indicates that children with disabilities face a risk for abuse which is up to ten times greater than other children. These data indicate the pressing need to increase awareness and provide tools for preventing violence and neglect among these children. Parents are the program’s target audience, since it is parents who have the greatest potential for protecting their children. The program seeks to reduce and preferably prevent states of risk, and both overprotection and neglect of such children, by increasing awareness and
Final session, course for parents in Hod HaSharon, July 2015
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providing parents with tools for better protection of their children and for identifying cases of abuse. In 2014 one course was held in Tel Aviv, and in 2015 three more were held in Hod Hasharon, Beer Sheva and Ashdod. Parents fromacross Israel participated in the sessions which took place every two weeks. Workshops were also held to cope with parents’ frustration and anger. Sessions: 3 courses of 7 half-day Sessions Participants: 18 parents of children with diverse disabilities ages 6 to 21 Budget: NIS. 61,000 Participants’ Feedback This course offers wisdom, is emotionally and cognitively productive. It is a chance not to be alone when experiencing the topics. The shared experience offered a lot of out of the box thinking. We need this reinforcement in order to continue coping. The course enriches, is professional, and organizes the mind. The professional team is serious, respectful to all participants, and gives each of us room to express ourselves. The course is conducted with so much patience and attentiveness, while upholding its schedules. And the food…was indulgent. Thanks so much!
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Prevention and identification of sexual abuse: training for the school and social service systems and for the community in the Ir Ganim neighborhood, Jerusalem 18-19 August 2015 The purpose of this program was to provide its participants with tools to prevent, cope with and treat cases of sexual abuse in the school system and in the community. At the end of the program, participants were required to prepare a study kit for parents who will work with schoolchildren in the community. The first part of the course was held in 2015 and was divided into three sections: Creating a broad forum - “The Forum for Protecting Ir Ganim Children” for training professionals in the fields of education, social services and community activities in Ir Ganim. Participants included the Director of the Psychological- Educational Service, a representative of the “Acharai” program, 5 school principals, professionals from the community administration, representatives of youth movements, and more. This forum underwent a two-day study session, on 18-19 August 2015 on sexual abuse of children, and on insuring community safety. In 2016 the programwill continue to train a smaller forum of educational staff in Ir Ganim schools on identifying sexual abuse in children. Two guidance kits will be written up by the forum: one will be a kit for student activities; the second - a kit for parents. Sessions: 2-day workshop Participants: 30-40 professionals from the fields of education, social services and community services Budget: NIS. 8,000
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Training program on sexual abuse for pediatric department staff at the “Eitanim” Children’s Psychiatric Hospital This program seeks to train the therapeutic and nursing staff at the Eitanim hospital, offering both theoretical materials and consultation on cases encountered in the course of the staff’s work with patients at Eitanim. Sessions: 2 days of theoretical training and 8 mentoring sessions on specific cases. Participants: 30 auxiliary and therapeutic staff members Budget: NIS. 12,000
Study program on abuse of minors for hospital social workers In collaboration with the Ministry of Health May – July 2015
Social workers in the health system can spearhead the identification of child victims of abuse. Since the system is not stigmatic, it encounters and deals with children from diverse populations. In comparison with other systems, the health system has a greater capacity to identify abuse in general, and physical abuse in particular. The program dealt with the identification of neglect, and of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. It also dealt with legal aspects, the impact of abuse on the child, development in early childhood, latency and adolescence, work in amultidisciplinary team, and experiential scenarios withMSR (medical simulation) actors. Sessions: 10 full day Sessions, once weekly Participants: 30 – from hospitals, child development centers, Sick Funds’ pediatric experts Budget: NIS. 26,000-
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Training for social workers working with bedouin youth In collaboration with “A New Dawn”Association March – August 2015 This program is part of a broader initiative geared to expanding the Haruv Institute’s activities in the Arab-Israeli community. Its goal was to create a group of youth workers in the Bedouin community for the exchange of ideas and for shared learning. These workers are coping with complex issues and difficult dilemmas in the field. Prior to implementing this program, we met with participants to ascertain the topics of concern to them in their work. The program was structured on the basis of the content that emerged from this meeting. The program focused on youth at risk in the Bedouin community, with a particular emphasis on the polygamous family, growing up in poverty, types of abuse and neglect, and young adolescent girls in Bedouin society. Course participants visited the Beer Sheva Protection Center, and participated in a discussion on mandatory reporting and the dilemmas which it arouses when
working with Bedouin youth. Sessions: 5 day-long sessions Participants: 15 youth workers Budget: NIS. 13,000-
“Community Anchor”, Beer Sheva – training for lead staff In collaboration with the Community Anchor Center October 2014 – June 2015 The Community Anchor is a package of services for youth at risk, aged 12 to 18.These include a shelter (‘Roof over your Head’); a residential treatment center; a parents and teens center; a center for youth at risk of school dropout and more. Community Anchor management is aiming to create a common
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“therapeutic language” among all professionals working in its diverse frameworks. In response, the Haruv Institute organized a course of 8 monthly sessions on issues related to the work of the different staffs. Among the issues discussed were: identifying vulnerable youth on the basis of various types of behavior; working in the “radioactive field” of at risk youth; working with families; discourse on trauma; how to foster staff commitment to work; how to cope with anger and violence; and more. Sessions: 8 half day sessions, once monthly Participants: 30 managers, social workers and coordinators of various Community Anchor programs
Participants’ Feedback The lecturers were top class, impressive, and inspiring. Topics were relevant and were not handed down as absolutes but helped raise questions and thoughts. It was amazingly diverse and professional. Thank you.
Budget: NIS. 18,000
Training for staff of parent- child centers: The “Yad Rachel” Association In collaboration with theYad Rachel Association November 2014 – June 2015
Yad Rachel collaborated with the Haruv Institute and offered a training program for the staff of its parent-child centers. The program aimed at providing staff with tools for working with children and families who have experienced traumatic events and for processing and assessment. Special emphasis was placed on talking about trauma, both separately with children, with parents, and in joint child-parent sessions.
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Training topics included: Defining trauma and its impact on children and the family; the impact of trauma on parenting; assessing trauma; the appropriate language for talking with children about difficult events; the therapeutic encounter shared by children and their parents; the impact of discussing trauma on the therapist. Sessions: 8 half-day sessions Participants: 60 – social workers, psychologists and art therapists Participants’ Feedback A comfortable atmosphere, focus on providing practical tools for our work, the ability to relate to criticism, and Haruv’s capability of attaining independent improvement and self-review simultaneous to the criticism. The diversity of lecturers and topics was excellent, and we were exposed to new tools, particularly for coping with trauma. Very high level of content. Many thanks.
Budget: NIS. 15,000
Training for staff of the hostel for ultra-orthodox girls In collaboration with the Toronto Friends Association January – June 2015 The Toronto Friends Association established hostels for ultra-Orthodox girls at risk between the ages of 14 to 21 years. Its directors requested the Institute to provide training for management, social workers, housemothers and counselors. The Institute conducted a 7- session program on working with youth suffering from abuse who were placed in out-of-home residential settings. Sessions dealt with topics such as the normative development of adolescent girls; sexual abuse among adolescent girls and its impact; trauma
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and its impact; the emotional world of children suffering from abuse and neglect; and therapeutic principles of institutional care.
Sessions: 7 half-day sessions Participants: 25 hostel staffers
Participants’ Feedback This course was amazing. I left it very different from how I began it. it filledme with strength, a sense of belonging to a meaningful project. A greatmany small tips and improvements forworking in the apartments. I am stunned – thank you! I’d be very pleased if another course would be offered next year, and if the presentations could be collated and sent to us. It is important to note that the sessions gave room and importance to the mentors and talked a lot about their significant role; that’s something that the apartment where I work doesn’t give us, but the course reinforces and motivates tremendously. Thank you.
Budget: NIS. 11,000
Training program for the Maaleh Adumim Municipal Social Services Department “Therapeutic Intervention with Families in High Conflict
Divorce Situations” March – May 2015
This is the second year in which the Haruv Institute is conducting training sessions for social workers of the Maaleh Adumim Municipal Social Services Department. The program was based on needs identified by the staff, and focused on families in high conflict divorce situations which have a serious impact on the wellbeing of their children and place them at risk. The program covered issues relating to work with such families: the collapse of parental
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functioning; false accusations; Parental Alienation Syndrome; assessing the risk to children; the therapeutic discourse with young children; issues of multiculturalism including working with families of Ethiopian origin; and the fragmentation of therapy when working with these families. Sessions: 6 half-day sessions Participants: 22 social workers from the Maaleh Adumim Municipal Department of Social Services; the Kesher Center; the Parent-Child Center; family social workers, Youth Protection Law social workers. Budget: NIS. 13,000 Participants’ Feedback Excellent integration between the theoretical elements and their translation into understanding the dynamic of families and appropriate therapeutic options. Greatly enjoyed. Excellent lecturer. I feel it’s important to bring her for additional lecturers because that felt like no more than the tip of the iceberg. A wonderful and interesting lecturer who enabled professional and meaningful discourse.
Training program on divorce disputes, May 2015
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