Social Work

About the Department

We provide an academic and practical education that helps students understand how to adapt to changing demands of clients and decision makers while maintaining a professional identity and ethical values system.

Comprehensive Education

We emphasize fundamental skills and knowledge for all areas of social work:
• Variety of traditional and innovative intervention approaches
• Community intervention
• Policy making
• Integration of the needs of individuals and communities into public policy

Practical Training

Practical training is central to the program and includes tours, observations and direct involvement in interventions. Students receive training on campus as well as in social services departments and welfare organizations.


Graduates earn a B.A. in Social Work . They are prepared for a variety of professional settings and to pursue advanced degrees or vocational training.


Behavioral and Social Science: Understand human behavior through psychology, sociology and economics.
Social Welfare, Law, Policy and Services: Know the welfare system, services and laws to develop ethical social activism.
Research Studies: Acquire tools for scientific research.
Theories and Interventions in Social Work: Learn through courses and field experience.
Social Issues: Study Children and Youth, Correctional Studies or Rehabilitation, Health and Mental Health.
Professional Enrichment Tracks: Specialize in Community, Family or Aging.

International Collaboration

YVC and the Department of Social Work invest significant energy and resources in establishing and maintaining ongoing academic dialogues with colleagues outside of Israel. These 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. Yoav Lavee

Student Advisor: Dr. Eila Perkis

Administrative Staff: Mrs. Oshrat Arie

Research Highlights

Stress and Coping in Couples and Families: Conflict and violence in intimate relationships and children’s testimonies of sexual and physical violence
Family Patterns in Israeli Society: Ultra-Orthodox society in Israel, parental political socialization in Arab families and Druze adolescents’ national identity
Children and Adolescents at Risk: Adolescent dropouts from school
Social Exclusion and Distributive Justice
Academia-Community Collaboration

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