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The Third Haruv International Conference May 2023 – Child maltreatment in context

The Haruv Institute is pleased to announce its third international conference on child maltreatment – both in the aspect of physical, mental and sexual abuse and in the aspect of neglect.

Child maltreatment involves a range of factors: intra-personal, inter-personal and environmental, and has far-reaching consequences for the proper development of the child. The conference will emphasize the context in which child maltreatment occurs, its implications and ways to prevent and or better treat its victims. The conference aims to become a forum that promotes the discussion on maltreatment from a variety of disciplines: social sciences, humanities, social work, law, criminology, medicine, nursing and public health.
The conference will include world known keynote speakers, and papers in symposia and parallel sessions.

Location: Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
May 17th-18th, 2023.

The conference will be conducted in English.

Featured Lectures

Keynote speakers at the conference

Prof. Linda Theron

Full Professor: Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria; Extraordinary Professor: Optentia Research Entity, North-West University, South Africa.

Prof. David Olds

Professor of Pediatrics, Nursing, and Public Health; Director of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Prof. Christine Wekerle

Associate Professor, Pediatrics Psychiatry, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Extraordinary Professor: Optentia Research Unit, North-West University, South Africa; Editor-in-Chief, Child Abuse Neglect.

Improving the life chances of mothers and children in need with Home-Visiting by nurses

Prof. David Olds

May 17th | 9:15 am

Professor Olds will present an overview of research on Nurse-Family Partnership, a program of prenatal and early childhood home visiting, and its community replication. 

He will discuss the theories and developmental epidemiology that form the foundation of the NFP program model, including its goals and clinical methods. He will present an overview of randomized clinical trials of the program conducted throughout the world, including populations sampled; and findings in the outcome domains addressed by the program over decades following birth of the first child. 

Particular attention will be given to program effects on child maltreatment-related outcomes and the extent to which program benefits are more pronounced for mothers and children experiencing greater adversity. He also will provide an overview of research conducted to innovate the program model as it is being replicated. 

 Finally, Professor Olds will describe his team’s approach to international replication of NFP, including populations served and methods set in motion to ensure high-quality program replication for new populations living in even more diverse contexts.

Resilience to child maltreatment: What are the differentially impactful protective mechanisms?

Prof. Linda Theron

May 18th | 9:00 am

Personal strengths matter for resilience to child maltreatment. However, protective mechanisms at different system levels matter as much, if not more. Knowing which of these multisystemic resources has differential (i.e., the most impactful) value is key to advancing child, youth, and adult capacity to manage childhood abuse or neglect experiences. 

Drawing on multisystemic theories of resilience and studies with children living in sub-Saharan Africa and exposed to maltreatment, this paper highlights that impactful protective mechanisms have developmental, situational, and cultural fit. In so doing, it nudges practitioners, service providers and other role-players to champion contextually and developmentally responsive relational, institutional, and ecological resources in child maltreatment intervention agendas.

Childhood adversity and resilience: Digital health interventions

Prof. Christine Wekerle

May 18th | 2:30 pm

This presentation will overview the digital health landscape for promoting youth mental health and resilience, particularly among young people with childhood adverse experiences (ACEs). 

Sub-populations of youth will be considered, including youth involved in child welfare and Indigenous youth living on reserve in Canada. 

The iOS JoyPop app ( will be profiled in terms of its development and current research findings.  Future directions for integrating mobile applications into clinical services will be presented.  

Emphasis will be placed on youth participation in advising adaptations in digital health user experience and design.

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