Sederot, Israel
Sederot, Israel

Sapir College is a college in Israel, located in the northwestern Negev desert near Sderot. It is the largest public college in Israel, with an enrolment of 8,000 students. The college is named after minister Pinchas Sapir. The communities of Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council established the college in 1963 as an evening school for adult higher education. It later became an Academic College affiliated with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Sapir was granted independent academic accreditation from the Council for Higher Education in 1998.The college awards Bachelor's degrees in Communication, Cinema and Television, Software Systems, Marketing, Administration and Public Policy, Industrial Management, Law, Human Resources Management, Cultural Studies, Logistics, Economics, and Social Work, as well as a multidisciplinary B.A. in the Humanities and Social science. The college also awards a Master of Arts degree in Administration and Public Policy. The college also offers study in further five subjects , and provides training for engineering technicians. Several annual conferences and events are organized at the college: The Sderot Conference for Society is an annual event bringing together political and economical experts to discuss relevant social issues and conflicts. The Film Festival of the South - an international film festival organized by the department of film and television.↑ ↑ Wikipedia.


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Campos R.C.,University of Évora | Besser A.,Sapir College | Blatt S.J.,Yale University
Archives of Suicide Research | Year: 2013

The present study examines whether self-criticism and depressive symptoms mediate the relationship between recollections of parental rejection and suicidality. A community sample of 200 Portuguese adults completed, in counterbalanced order, a socio-demographic questionnaire, the short form of the Inventory for Assessing Memories of Parental Rearing Behaviour (EMBU), the Depressive Experiences Questionnaire (DEQ), the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), and reports of any suicide intention and/or ideation and suicide attempts. Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) indicated that recollections of parental rejection are significantly associated with depressive symptoms and suicidality. Recollections of parental rejection are indirectly associated with depressive symptoms and suicidality through self-criticism. The association between self-criticism and suicidality is mediated by depressive symptoms. In addition to a significant direct association between recollections of parental rejection and suicidality, the final model indicated that recollections of parental rejection are significantly associated with self-criticism. That same self-criticism is significantly associated with depressive symptoms which, in turn, are significantly associated with suicidality. Individuals with recollections of parental rejection are at greater risk for suicide ideation and behavior, possibly because such experiences predispose them to intense self-criticism which is a risk factor for depression associated with suicidal ideation and behavior. © 2013 Copyright International Academy for Suicide Research.


Besser A.,Sapir College | Zeigler-Hill V.,Oakland University
International Journal of Stress Management | Year: 2011

The way individuals use humor is likely to be influenced by how they feel about themselves. The goal of the present studies was to examine the association between the pathological forms of narcissism (grandiose and vulnerable narcissism) and humor styles in Jewish Israeli undergraduate samples as they made the adjustment to being university students. Study 1 (N = 187) found that grandiose narcissism was positively associated with adaptive humor, whereas vulnerable narcissism was negatively associated with adaptive humor and positively associated with maladaptive humor. Study 2 (N = 251) found that humor styles mediated the associations between the pathological forms of narcissism and perceived stress. There was no evidence of any moderating effect of humor styles on the relationship between the pathological forms of narcissism and perceived stress. These findings are discussed in terms of the role that humor may play in explaining the association between the pathological forms of narcissism and perceived stress. © 2011 American Psychological Association.


Zwikael O.,Australian National University | Unger-Aviram E.,Sapir College
International Journal of Project Management | Year: 2010

The literature has found contradictory results regarding the impact of human resource management on project success. This paper focuses on one important human resource management process - team development - to investigate its importance in the project environment. Results show that most team development practices that work well in the operational business environment do not have a significant influence on project success. However, project duration was found to moderate the relationship between team development and project success: the effectiveness of team development increases in longer projects. The paper identifies and analyzes team development practices that have a positive impact on project success exclusively in long projects. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd and IPMA.


Chaitin J.,Sapir College
The American journal of orthopsychiatry | Year: 2014

This article explores the uses of personal narratives of massive social trauma in conflict, most specifically as they relate to the Palestinian-Israeli context. It is asserted that there are types of narratives, fixated on persecution, hatred, and fear, that can obstruct peace, and different types that encourage peace and reconciliation. The article discusses the impacts of sharing personal narratives on the victims and others in society, the connections between personal and master narratives, and ways in which dialogue that incorporates personal narratives can encourage peace. A theoretical categorization of 4 types of personal narratives of massive social trauma is proposed: narratives of vengeance, victimhood, confusion, and embracing the other. Examples from Israelis and Palestinians that reflect this conceptualization are discussed. It is concluded that a more nuanced understanding of types of personal narratives is needed when engaged in peace-building endeavors in an ongoing conflict.


Nuttman-Shwartz O.,Sapir College
Journal of Loss and Trauma | Year: 2016

Shared traumatic reality (STR) is a situation in which helping professionals and clients are exposed to the same traumatic, life-threatening circumstances in the course of the therapeutic relationship. Based on the findings of studies conducted in a shared traumatic reality, the present article will examine the complex and unique aspects of conducting research in these contexts, and raise questions about the ability of researchers to conduct studies in STR situations. Practical recommendations for dealing with these situations will be offered. 2015 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC


Lahat L.,Sapir College
Policy Sciences | Year: 2011

One of the challenges facing policy analysts is how to improve policy processes in the era of governance. The present article examines how perceptions analysis,i.e. the identification of perceptions of different leaders in a specific policy field, may contribute to policy analysis. The article focuses on two questions: What explains leaders' support for different policy options? Can the examination of leaders' perceptions help in identifying potential bases for collaboration? Based on mixed methodologies, the study includes interviews with 103 people who influence the policy process and policy discourse in Israel. The findings reveal the importance of the perceptions of causes in explaining leaders' policy preferences and suggest that identifying their perceptions may help analysts distinguish bases for promoting collaboration and trust among different actors in the policy process, as well as enhancing the legitimacy of the policy process as a whole. © Springer Science+Business Media,LLC.2010.


This article describes the utilization of forgiveness therapy with a 26-year-old female recovering anorexic. She presents for treatment highly distressed over her commission of self-injurious behaviors and ensuing harm to her person. The process model is used to facilitate self-forgiveness. Emotion provides the main analytical context for the case study. The inability to manage negative affective states is seen as a significant factor contributing to the etiology of eating disorders (EDs). In the aftermath of eating disordered behaviors, negative feelings about the self may impede full recovery. In the therapeutic process described, it is the emotional changes attempted by the client that stand out as central in her eventual attainment of self-forgiveness. The implications of the case study for practitioners considering the use of forgiveness therapy with clients recovering from EDs, as well as the gamut of self-injurious behaviors, are considered. The important role of attachment processes in the utilization of this innovative therapeutic modality is underscored. © The Author(s) 2012.


Lander I.,Sapir College
Clinical Social Work Journal | Year: 2014

This paper highlights forgiveness therapy, a therapeutic approach that has received limited attention in the social work literature. This study represents a beginning exploration of its cross-cultural application. Theoretical and empirical perspectives on forgiveness and forgiveness promoting psychotherapy are provided, and Enright's pioneering process model is delineated. A case study of the utilization of forgiveness therapy with an Israeli Bedouin-Arab woman who experienced a traumatic interpersonal injury within the polygamous family is presented. LaRoche and Maxie's guidelines for conducting cross-cultural psychotherapy are utilized to examine important dynamics that emerge in the case study. These authors' recommendations, which are consistent with a process-oriented conceptualization of culture, as well as intersectionality, appear potentially useful for informing the transcultural application of forgiveness therapy. Future research questions and directions related to the utilization of forgiveness promoting psychotherapy with diverse populations are considered. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.


This article proposes a new concept, shared resilience in a traumatic reality (SRTR), which refers to trauma workers in shared reality situations. Based on the literature that emphasizes the positive effects of exposure to traumatic events for workers in this field, this article expands the perception of shared traumatic situations and examines the ability of trauma workers to cope, to show resilience, and to grow as a result of the mutual relationship with their clients. The literature review presents a variety of terms referring to the positive effects of working with trauma survivors on therapists as a basis for the new concept proposed here. These terms highlight the importance of empathic mutual aid relationships, which are a basic component for promoting resilience in a shared traumatic reality. The relative nature of shared resilience is discussed, bearing in mind that resilience can be manifested as emotions, behaviors, and conceptions. Various findings relating to shared resilience in traumatic situations are reviewed, and recommendations for research, practice, and policy are offered. © 2014, © The Author(s) 2014.


Hauptman A.,Sapir College
GECCO 2016 Companion - Proceedings of the 2016 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference | Year: 2016

One important aspect of graphs representing complex sys- tems is community (or group) structure|assigning vertices to groups, which have dense intra-group connections and relatively sparse inter-group connections. Community de- tection is of great importance in various domains, where real-world complex systems are represented as graphs, since communities facilitate our understanding of the graph and thus of the underlying system. However, this is known to be a hard optimization problem. In this study we pursue the following question: Have Evo- lutionary Computation-Based Methods proven their worth for this complex domain, or is it currently better to rely on other state-of-the-art methods? While several works com- pare state-of-the-art methods for community detection (see [8] and [11] for recent surveys), we are unaware of other attempts to compare methods based on evolutionary com- putation to other methods. After describing some recent algorithms for this problem, and comparing them in various ways, we conclude that evo- lutionary computation-based method for community detec- tion have indeed developed to hold their own against other methods for several variants of this problem. However, they still need to be applied to more difficult problems and im- prove further to make them in par with other methods. © 2016 Copyright held by the owner/author(s).

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