Human Services

About the Department

We train students for a managerial career in organizations – particularly service organizations. Service provision is now a focal point for the activities of most organizations, yet Israel’s services do not adequately address the diversity of human needs (cultures, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, etc.) and current social developments (such as the aging population).

We are training a new generation of service professionals who will address human problems and needs while improving the quality of life of service recipients. Our graduates will be capable of developing appropriate service systems to improve accessibility, reliability and collaboration between professionals, agencies, service organizations and service consumers.

What We Do

• Integrate up-to-date broad knowledge with a service-friendly attitude and a high sense of commitment and awareness of ethical standards.
• Involve students and faculty members in projects throughout the region.
• Contribute to the welfare of local communities through research and teaching of professional skills critical to local organizations.
• Advance human services as a profession through teaching and research.

Our Faculty

Faculty members are active in research and publish regularly, with an emphasis on empirical up-to-date knowledge about consumer needs, services, ethical and organizational issues, and skills needed in the field.

Students who complete the program earn a B.A. in Human Services .

International Collaboration

We conduct joint research projects with a variety of international partners. From joint seminars with the Social Career Department at Belfort University in France to collaborating with the departing president of the International Facet Theory Association on a large community intervention project, we work with experts at the international level. We also work hand-in-hand with service organizations (public, private and NGOs) to help provide solutions to service provision issues.

YVC and its Department of Human Services invest significant energy and resources in establishing and maintaining ongoing academic dialogues with colleagues outside of Israel. These academic interactions keep professors and students abreast of new developments, expand their horizons of inquiry, and encourage collaborative research and applied projects.

In addition to engaging in dozens of ongoing collaborations in the United States and Europe, YVC is a partner in the IRIS project, a European Union initiative aimed at fostering stronger ties between Israeli academic colleges and European academic institutions.

Department Head

Department Chair: Prof. Ruth Katz
Head of Field Studies: Dr. Arie Reshef
Student Affairs Advisor: Dr. Galit Yanay-Ventura

Research Highlights

Human Resources Management and Employee Development: Research in human resources management, organizational consulting, employee interviewing and screening methods, employee training and career management
Service Organization Management: Research in labor markets, project planning and management, business entrepreneurship and development, coaching and budget and cost management
Social Services Management: Research on occupational barriers (occupational rehabilitation), children at risk, normative and blended families and populations below the poverty line

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