Maida Klein and Amiya Waldman Levi are both exceptionally talented and devoted social workers, whose work experience is mainly in shelters. They were the first to start with this type of group in Israel and have been crucial, like other social workers in the shelters, in the improvement of the parenting skills of the women who came to the shelters, after fleeing domestic violence. This is just a sample of their article and their work, which we are proud to present temporarily, until the translation of the full article will be completed.
Daniela Kehat, CEO
A PARENTING GROUP FOR WOMEN RESIDING IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS.
Maida klein and Amiya waldman-Levi
The primary goal of this article is to present an innovative group intervention developed by the authors and adapted to the parental needs of the women and their children who reside in domestic violence shelters. The group intervention integrated the principles of psycho-educational and the cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approaches.
The intervention aimed to provide participants with knowledge, tools and skills for constructive communication. In addition, it aimed to provide the women with problem-solving skills and social support in relation to their parental functioning in an environment of domestic violence.
The group was co-supervised by both a social worker and an occupational therapist. The article describes the group’s rationale, goals and modes of operation, and present subjective assessment of the group’s effectiveness. The uniqueness of this group lies in its theory-driven approach.
Specifically, the intervention was adapted to the complex reality of the life within the shelter, and its structured character and content were tailored to the women’s needs. Moreover, the group was designed to reinforce the cognitive-emotional learning needed to improve the mother’s parenting. Following their experience in running the group, the authors came to understand that the group serves as a bridge between the mother’s, their children and the shelter.
In so doing, the group promotes in empowerment, and enable the women and their children reintegrate into community life.