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Promoting Resilience of At-Risk Youth

May 24, 2021

Promoting Resilience of At-Risk Youth

May 24, 2021

8:30am – 1:30pm



The workshop will focus on the “Girls for Girls Mentoring Program” as a unique intervention model developed at Tel Aviv University, Israel, by Prof. Miriam Golan and Dr. Michal Komem. The program trains at-risk adolescents and young women, ages 16-24, to become mentors for younger at-risk adolescent girls. The workshop will layout the underlying theoretical and practical components of the program. The second part of the workshop will be geared towards answering how to plan for a possible implementation of a similar program.


Avital Kaye-Tzadok, MSW, PhD, Haruv USA Director

Avital Kaye-Tzadok is currently a Haruv USA Director and a visiting scholar at OU. She is a social worker (BSW, MSW, PhD) with sixteen years of direct practice experience with marginalized populations, mainly at-risk adolescent girls and young women in Israel. She is also a social work lecturer, a certified supervisor and group facilitator. For her years in direct practice, she mostly worked at training at-risk adolescent girls and young women to become mentors for at-risk youth. The idea behind this program is transforming painful and traumatic pasts into knowledge and skills that can help others. Her PhD thesis focused on resilience and posttraumatic growth of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. During her post-doc at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, she was a part of an international research group, studying subjective well-being of children in over sixteen countries. During the past six years she has headed the field instruction unit at the Social Work Department of Ruppin Academic Center, in Israel, in charge if the practicum of 180 social work undergraduate students. She has been teaching social work courses for over ten years, mainly social work methods and interventions skills, group social work, resilience after trauma, working with people in poverty and working with adolescents. She has published book chapters and articles on: Resilience and posttraumatic growth after childhood sexual abuse, child neglect, promoting healthy sexuality and preventing sexual assault, feminist intervention with adolescents, and more.


FREE CEUs available for social work

The workshop is for committee members of the OKLAHOMA COALITION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING (OCAT)




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An international center of excellence and a recognized leader in the field of child maltreatment. Haruv USA at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa is part of the larger Haruv Institute. The center is a new venture bringing together the best of two worlds – the unique and international leadership of the Haruv Institute paired with the research-based educational knowledge and expertise of OU-Tulsa and the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work.