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Shlomit Weiss-Dagan, PhD

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn SP2

Trends in child welfare and youth law development – comparative analysis

Secondary Traumatization and Post Traumatic Growth

Social work supervision

Mental health after natural disasters

Shlomit’s field of research focuses on two main aspects of social policy: (i) child welfare policy and (ii) the implications of social work, namely secondary traumatization and post-traumatic growth.

During her post-doctoral period, Shlomit studies trends of social policy evolution in general and the evolution of child welfare policy specifically. Shlomit and Professor Ram Cnaan explore general welfare trends in developed societies and the impact on child welfare policies. Using a methodology which included both theoretical and comparative research, taking a look at various legal and policy materials along with national reports and theoretical studies, they propose a new model which conceptualizes and analyzes international trends regarding child welfare policy.

Shlomit’s PhD dissertation focuses on social welfare workers and child protection workers. She examined their secondary traumatization and the growth from this trauma. Her dissertation revealed a high rate of secondary traumatization alongside growth of this trauma among child protection workers. The research furthermore highlighted that organizational factors such as role stress and effective supervision impacts the extent of secondary traumatization.

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