Ms. Naomi Ruhman, M.S.W., has been working in the field of abuse and neglect for over 20 years. Her main interest is prevention of abuse. At present Ms. Ruhman is the director of the new children’s clinic at METIV. After graduating with a B.S.W. from Hebrew University, in 1980, she was a community social worker from 1980 to 1984. She spent 4 years in the U.S during her spouse’s postdoctoral stay at MIT and on returning to Israel in 1988 specialized in abuse prevention, from 1989 to 1992, heading the first child abuse and neglect team at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. In 1990 Naomi joined a group of therapists headed by Dr. Tamar Cohen in the first specialized treatment center for victims of sexual abuse, called Meital.
From 1992 to 2008 Naomi was a social worker at the Schusterman Center for Children and their Families. During these years Naomi studied family therapy as well as specializing in the treatment of trauma caused by childhood sexual abuse, and group therapy for victims, as well as studying methods for dealing with trauma such as E.M.D.R and S.E. In 1999 the Schusterman Family foundation brought Dr. Steven Stosny, of CompassionPower, to Israel to train professionals in the implementation of the Compassion Workshop. Naomi was assigned to implement the workshop for abusive parents, and since then she has been involved in the translation adaptation and insemination of the Compassion Workshop nationwide, which is run in Israel for physically abusive parents, by an Israeli non-profit organization called A Home for Every Child. Most recently she has added a new element to the Compassion Workshop which is called Compassion in Action to teach parents, therapists , educators and children how to channel their anger as well as how to communicate in a manner that prevents angry behavior and violence, and teaches them emotional regulation.
In 2005 Naomi completed an MSW at The Hebrew University with a thesis on the intergenerational transmission of abuse. From 2005 to 2010 Naomi was hired by the Israeli government to set up a national program and treatment centers for children who were sexually abused.