Haruv Institute - Annual Report 2016 - Summary

Study and Training Programs for Health Care Professions

Selected programs:

1. Training Courses for Nurses at Family Health Stations The nurses at Israel’s family health stations are often the only professionals who encounter the infant and its family and follow its development during the first stage of life.. Therefore, training them to detect, identify and report child victims of abuse is of crucial importance. Subjects of this course dealt with parent-child attachment, all forms of abuse and its clinical and emotional effects; Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome; children with disabilities; regulations and reporting procedures, Health Ministry regulations and barriers in reporting; the role of the nurse in detecting and reporting trauma in preschool-age children and its implications; secondary trauma of therapists; how to talk with children and interdisciplinary cooperation together with welfare agencies. The nurses participated in a one-day seminar at MSR, the National Center for Medical Simulation At MSR, the nurses of the infant-care centers received initial information on the issue of child abuse and neglect, and practiced six virtual scenarios that reflect actual situations the nurses encounter in their work at the family health clinics. 2. Study Program for Psychologists and Psychiatrists at Hadassah Hospital This study program aimed to raise the awareness of diagnosis, identification and detection of child victims of abuse, and steps to be taken following detection and identification. The greater part of the program dealt with parental alienation and the attitude towards diagnosis; identification; actions to be taken following identification; when referrals should made and who to refer to; how does psychopathology develop; the effects on the physical, mental and developmental health of the abused child.


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