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Shared Traumatic Reality and Navigating Difficult Conversations with Youth

April 14, 2021

Shared Traumatic Reality and Navigating Difficult Conversations with Youth

Haruv USA Workshop

April 14 | 1 – 4:30pm Central Time


  1. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a unique experience in which both students 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 school systems in a time of crisis?  What do we know about from other experiences of shared traumatic realities and what can it teach us?
  2. City Year is strategically positioned in their schools as safe adults who spend direct and intentional time with children. Because of what we are learning about early pandemic experiences of domestic violence and child abuse, children might choose to disclose various experiences they’ve had while at home with a City Year team member. This training will build from the mandated reporting training that participants have already received and explore in more depth how trauma impacts kids, child abuse & neglect including exposure to DV, how children might respond, what it means to be a safe adult and navigating complex situations from your professional role.

Avital Kaye Tzadok, MSW, Ph.D. & Jordan Gustin, MA, LPC-S, IMH-E II
  1. Avital Kaye-Tzadok is currently Haruv USA Director and a visiting scholar at OU. She is a social worker (BSW, MSW, Ph.D.) 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 a group facilitator.
  2. Jordan Gustin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor and is Infant Mental Health Endorsed at Level II, Infant Family Specialist. Jordan received a B.A. in Psychology from Northeastern State University, an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in Virginia Beach, and is a Certified Traumatologist through The Green Cross Academy. Jordan has extensive training in working with clients who have experienced traumas of all types.


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The staff of City Year

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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.