The pilot is supported by the Nevat Greenhouse Research Team at The Hebrew University. So far, the research indicates an improvement in the level of child protection for the children in families that undergo the FGC process and formulate a family plan. It is evident that most families also implement their plan, and the model improves their relationship with welfare authorities and openness to receive aid from supporters and professionals. Study participants expressed a high measure of satisfaction from undergoing the program.
Quotes from study participants:
“Olim LaDerech is the thing that really helped me. Without it, I would be shut in my room in despair. The program gave me strength, real strength. It lifted me up. Despite that I look normal, inside I feel as low as you can feel, but I am trying lift myself up.” (Teenage Girl)
“The conference moved me in ways I can’t even describe…everyone was so invested in helping the family. There was a feeling that the family was really eager to start the process and begin rehabilitation. As if we had reached out a hand to them and they took it.” (Social Worker)
Bat-ya Sharon earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Conflict Research, Management, and Resolution from the Hebrew University.
She began at Mosaica as the Intake Coordinator for the Mediation and Consensus Building Center in Jerusalem, a fascinating role that she has held for over three years. Previously, she had worked in the Foreign Relations division at the Hebrew University and as an IDF casualty officer, where she worked with bereaved families and wounded and disabled soldiers.
She is currently a mediator and specializes in resolving cases of disputes between neighbors because change can be accomplished and almost immediately, positively impacting the daily lives of people in their ongoing relationships.
In both Mosaica programs, she is a part of the team responsible for courses, training, workshops, writing materials, and documenting professional knowledge. She tracks the implementation of the programs and their success, leads forums on intake and education, and facilitates FGC (Family Group Conference) processes.
Anat Eshel is a mediator and group facilitator with over 20 years of experience.
During the previous decade, she specialized in family and divorce mediation. She managed the Ramle Community Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center for eight years and was one of the founders and managers of the National Association for Community Mediation. She has always been involved in developing mediation in Israel, specifically community mediation, and has worked extensively with the Rural Community Mediation Centers Forum established by Mosaica. She has also been involved in cultural competency programs and conducted training for police officers.
She is currently a senior facilitator at Mosaica and part of the management team of Olim LeDerech (Family Group Conferences). She teaches mediation courses and provides mediation training for the heads of Planning, Treatment, and Evaluation Committees.
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