INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF EXCELLENCE AND A RECOGNIZED LEADER IN THE FIELD OF CHILD MALTREATMENT
Haruv USA at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa is a new venture bringing together the best of two worlds — the unique expertise 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.
An initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Haruv USA will focus on comprehensive, inter-professional education and training for students and professionals who touch the lives of children from a wide variety of settings, along with research for the identification, prevention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect, with an emphasis on underserved children and families.
One of Haruv USA's greatest strengths is frequent use of simulations that employ highly specified training for unique scenarios. Professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect are able to acquire new skills and practice professional interventions in a safe and supportive environment. Simulations take place in the Tandy Education Center at OU-Tulsa.
Additionally, the Tandy Education Center features state-of-the-art social and medical simulations which provide a method of training and feedback in which students practice in lifelike circumstances using models or virtual reality. The center includes exam rooms, inpatient intensive care unit, emergency rooms, consultation rooms, a model apartment for in-home care and debriefing rooms.
The simulations are recorded. Participants then watch themselves during debriefing and receive feedback from the simulated client, colleagues, and instructors. The simulation is a powerful experience bridging theory and practice.
Like the Haruv Institute in Jerusalem, Haruv USA applies a multi-faceted strategy to advance its mission:
Developing innovative educational programs for professionals by equipping them with up-to-date theoretical and empirical knowledge and professional tools that will enable them to function at the highest professional level.
Cultivating an outstanding corps of professionals at all levels in the field of child welfare services and promoting interdisciplinary coordination. These professionals include social workers, psychologists, physicians, attorneys, educational counselors and more.
Fostering public awareness through public education and informing policy-makers in order to influence policy and legislation concerning child abuse and neglect. This involves public education campaigns, improving policy regulation, and increasing awareness in parents, children, and communities.
• Hospital-based pediatricians
• Hospital and community-based physicians and nurses
• Family and community social workers
• Law enforcement
• Public prosecutors
• Community and hospital-based psychiatrists
• Mental health professionals
• Child protection officers
• School based psychologists and counselors
• Clinicians and therapists
• In Israel: Clinicians work with the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in the area of child sexual abuse
• Arab clinicians work with sexually abused children
• Psychotherapists practice Child Parent Psychotherapy and work with infants and toddlers; along with their families, who have witnessed domestic violence or experienced other forms of familial trauma
One of the Haruv Institute's greatest strengths is the expertise and frequent use of simulations that employ highly specified training for unique scenarios.
• Trainings focused on cultural competence among specific populations
• Specialized simulations and scenarios for each training experience
• Custom designed programs per client need
• Valuable skill development from extensive feedback throughout simulation training
The Tandy Education Center is a 15,735 square foot facility that is equipped for simulations of various kinds. It has medical exam rooms, a home environment, classrooms, small learning environments and student lounges. More specifically, it includes 10 outpatient medical rooms and 2 inpatient rooms. Four therapeutic interview rooms, 1 home environment, 2 debriefing rooms as well as 1 distant learning room set up for cross-campus trainings and meetings. The center is able to offer simulations in a wide variety of professions, including: nursing, social work, physician assistants, and medical students. Below is a list of the different types of simulations that can be accommodated at the simulation center.
- Large and small training groups
- Clinical, administrative, community skills
- Skills based training: individuals, families, groups
- Assessment, intervention, diagnosis
- Team based and interdisciplinary
- Large scale simulations
- Specific expertise in child abuse and neglect across a wide variety of professions
Simulation Center Advisory Board
The simulation center advisory board was established in 2013. There are 38 members, and includes representatives from every college and department on the OU-Tulsa campus. The board meets quarterly to discuss the past quarter and get advice and suggestions on moving forward for the upcoming quarter.
What are Social Simulations?
Social simulations are realistic scenarios interpreted by trained actors (simulated patients) in order to simulate real world scenarios relevant to many different professions. These simulations are integrated into the curriculum with the goal of providing a semi-structured, safe environment in which to learn or enhance certain skills vital to your career.
The simulation center uses Learning Space Intuity, consistent across all of OU-Tulsa, it is an audiovisual debriefing and testing platform that allows for interactive explorations of simulations. All rooms within the simulation center are equipped with audiovisual equipment and are capable of live video streaming and playback. The center includes 28 cameras and 17 audio packs for Learning Space. This technology allows for video aided debriefing and a chance for students and professionals to see themselves and review their simulation experience.
Standardized Patient Program
Standardized patients (SP’s) are used in most of the simulations provided by the simulation center. SP’s are regular people who are trained to assist in simulations by “acting” as the patient. They are trained to simulate an illness, whether physical or mental, and then give feedback to the student or professional taking part in the simulation.
Currently, there are 60 simulated patients employed at the center. Last school year (July 2015 to June 2016), the SP’s attended a total of 162 hours of training.
Over 200 social work students participated in simulations this past school year, totaling 50 hours of simulations for social work students. This year (July and August 2016), there have been a total of 28 hours of simulation for social work students.
The simulation center on average provides simulations for a total of 290 students per month. Last school year (July 2015 to June 2016), the center served 362 students and 83 hours of simulation time per month on average.
To apply to be a standardized patient, please click here.
The simulation center has provided multiple trainings to community services and professionals in Tulsa, in addition to providing regular trainings to students on the OU-Tulsa campus. In collaboration with Haruv USA, trainings have been provided for Youth Services of Tulsa outreach staff, YMCA camp counselors, DVIS, and several debriefing trainings for local professionals. Below are examples of simulations that are possible to experience in the Tandy Education Center at OU-Tulsa.
Poverty Simulation – a large scale group simulation that simulates life in poverty for a month. Participants play family members and attempt to navigate social systems with the goal of making ends meet by the end of the month.
In Her Shoes – a group simulation that helps sensitize individuals to the realities of domestic violence.
Aging – several group simulations are available for aging and/or dementia, students work together at stations to experience the diverse challenges of aging.
Auditorium style - a group simulation that can travel to any large classroom-type space for students to practice skills in front of a larger group and take turns being the “therapist”.
Individual simulations include specific clinical skills such as motivational interviewing, suicide assessment, substance abuse, trauma focused treatment, and group therapy techniques. Or can focus on certain administrative skills such as personnel issues, running a board meeting, fundraising or running a focus group.
The simulation center is also set up for home visits, home assessment and safety training.
Funds are available to support simulations for non-profits and public social service agencies in the Tulsa area. Click here for the application.
Calling tree phone number: 918-660-3863
Director, Simulation Center at OU-Tulsa
Kristin Rodriguez, MPH, LSSGB
4502 East 41st Street, Room TAN115
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135
Director of Social Simulations
4502 East 41st Street, Room 2H03
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135
THE HARUV INSTITUTE in Jerusalem is an international center of excellence and a recognized leader in the study of child maltreatment. The institute is Israel’s leading authority on child abuse and neglect and a core player in the creation of knowledge and training.
Established by the Schusterman Foundation-Israel in 2007, Haruv’s mission is to create knowledge and nurture a capable and skillful community of professionals dedicated to the prevention, identification, reporting, and treatment of maltreated children.
The Haruv Institute specializes in research and data collection on the phenomenon of child abuse. This includes identifying the needs of populations that do not receive adequate services, evaluating the effectiveness of existing welfare and training programs, training young researchers, and assessing public attitudes.
The realization of this mission involves a three-pronged approach involving research, training, and public education. The Haruv Institute believes the best results for children are achieved when insights from research inform professional training and the public.
Haruv USA Director
We’re excited to officially welcome Hanita Kosher as the new Director of Haruv USA at OU-Tulsa — a training institute for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect.
This purposeful rotation of social work professionals from Israel allows us to continue to share our collective knowledge and experience, furthering our profession and our worldwide work dedicated to the prevention and treatment of abused and neglected children.
Dr. Hanita Kosher is a faculty member at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Hanita's research and teachings focus on issues relating to children's well-being, children's rights and child abuse and neglect. Hanita also has a vast experience working in the field as a social worker. Between 2019 and 2021 Hanita served as the Director of Knowledge and Development in "A Home for Every Child" in Israel – an NGO that provides therapeutic services for abused and neglected children and their families. Between 2007 to 2015 she was the director of the education center of the National Council of the Child, which is the leading advocacy organization for children's rights in Israel.
As the Director of Haruv USA, Hanita will be responsible for working directly with our OU-Tulsa Social Work faculty to plan and host professional development trainings and social simulations for professionals across the state, collaborate with a variety of community partners, as well as continue to coordinate and host the series of Haruv USA free public lectures where national experts in the field of child abuse and maltreatment come to share their expertise.
Haruv USA’s mission is to support and nurture professionals dedicated to the prevention, identification, reporting, and treatment of abused and neglected children. Haruv USA trains social workers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, judges, counselors, teachers, and anyone who works with abused children and their families. Haruv USA also connects the many services here in Tulsa.
In Hebrew, “Haruv” means Carob tree. There is an Israeli fable about a man who planted a Carob tree. When asked why he planted a tree that won’t bear fruit for 70 years, he responded, “So my children and grandchildren will get to enjoy it.” Haruv USA carries the same name because future generations will enjoy the fruit of our work.
Welcome, Hanita! We’re thrilled to have you join the OU-Tulsa family.