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Shared Traumatic Reality

May 26, 2021

Shared Traumatic Reality

May 26 | 12-1:30 pm


The COVID-19 pandemic has created a unique experience in which both clients and professionals share the same traumatic reality of the pandemic. What does it mean for professionals working under these circumstances, navigating relationships both virtually and then in person, trying to build relationships with children and families in a time of crisis? What do we know about from other experiences of shared traumatic realities and what can it teach us?
Avital Kaye Tzadok, MSW, PhD
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.

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Staff of CACO and MDT

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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.