Welfare policy practices

Rationale and Goals

The profession of social work carries with it a moral, ethical and practical commitment to allowing citizens of all walks of life to access full civil and social rights. As agents of social change, social workers should consciously strive toward a more socially just environment and work to empower disenfranchised people and communities. Therefore, allowing social workers to play an active role in formulating social policy is essential for allowing such a social vision of society to actualize.
The social and welfare program’s goal is to bridge between social workers and the skills needed to influence the field of public policy, aiding professional social workers to better understand and engage with practices of social policy and policy formulation so that they will be able to better promote a socially just society. The program’s meetings include introduction into the relevant theoretical knowledge, practical workshops, and hands on and professional supervision in working to influence social policy regarding social workers in the field.
Target audience

Social workers, community organizers, social work students, welfare department employees at the local government level.
Program topics

1. Economy and society
2. Social policy and policy practices – with a focus on social work
3. Community empowerment and engaging with poverty
4. Social rights – legal and legislative aspects towards change
5. The politics of the social and welfare budget
6. Public housing – local government
7. Community involvement in public decision making at a local level
8. Process of urban renewal through social workers
Program structure

The program is comprised of 8-12 meetings which include an introduction into the relevant theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on project-oriented workshops. Each meeting includes both a lecture and a discussion. The first part focus on theoretical aspects and offers an introduction into the basic workings of public policy and their formulation. The second part is dedicated to discussing, analyzing and processing relevant social issues facing social workers on a daily basis. Each meeting will see the theoretical translated into practical skills and thinking. At the end of the training program the group will focus on developing ideas for projects and initiatives they can promote based the learning process.
Lecturers

Prof. Arnon Brown, Prof. Danni Guttwein, Prof. Idiit Wise-Gal, Prof. John Gal, Barbara Epstein, Zafra Dweck, Naama Levin, David Golan, Inbal Schlosberg.

The program just detailed is an outline intended to be tailored to identity and needs of the group or organization.