In May 2019, a group of social work faculty and students traveled to Israel for a week-long exchange course in International Child Welfare. The home base for this course is Hebrew University and the Haruv Institute, where faculty and student hosts create a transformative learning experience for their Oklahoma visitors.
Day 2. Today students focused on trauma. They started the day with a wonderful lecture from Dr. Paula David (pictured) on trauma informed practice. Next, they visited Parents and Children Center in Beit HaKerem. Israel invests in preventing children from removal from their home, and this facility provided great ideas for our students to take home. The second visit was Brazil, a Daycare Center for at-risk pre-school children. The daycare center has a social worker!
Day 3. "After a lecture on context-informed social work practice, we traveled to East Jerusalem to Beit Hanina (an Arab social service provider) and to Ramat Shlomo (Ultra-orthodox provider). Gathered in these spaces, with many differences, one thing was clear - we are all passionate social workers who work tirelessly for the best future for children. And, that we love the path we have each chosen!" -Angela Pharris, Assistant Professor
On the last day of the program students traveled to Tel Aviv to focus their attention on refugees and asylum seekers. Their host was Lior Birger, PhD candidate. Policy, law, and politics create pressure on asylum and refugee seekers in Israel and the U.S in both similar and unique ways. They visited Mesila - asylum seeker social service, Levinski Garden Library, and Unitaf - a daycare center.