Message from the Head of School

The social work profession is guided by values of social justice, human rights, partnership, democracy, and equal opportunity for all persons. The hardships of individuals, families, and communities, are viewed as stemming from a combination of personal and socio-economic factors, and social workers are entrusted with the task and responsibility to strive to improve their clients' quality of life. At the same time, social workers are the professional social experts who can promote social change, and reduce inequality, discrimination, and oppression. To meet this complex challenge, social workers need extensive theoretical and empirical knowledge in diverse fields and mastery of multiple intervention skills and research-based practice approaches.


The Bob Shapell School of Social Work is a leading school of Social Work in Israel. Our excellent faculty train our students to think critically and to navigate in a work environment characterized by intense pressures, constant changes, and a great deal of uncertainty. We provide them with state of the art empirical and theoretical knowledge and skills in various levels of intervention. We encourage them to systematically examine and evaluate the application and effectiveness of their interventions, and to continuously expand their knowledge and improve their professional skills in order to face new challenges.


Our school also takes pride of the cutting-edge academic research, pursued by its academic staff on a large range of subjects, and published in first-rate professional journals, as well as presented at professional conferences throughout the world. In addition, many faculty members sit on public committees, take part in social initiatives, and carry on an ongoing and productive dialogue with social workers in the field and with policy and decision makers both within and beyond the social work profession. Through this dialogue, our faculty members both maintain a relevant research and teaching agendas and contribute to the social work profession and the Israeli society. This interaction promotes the development of effective practice anchored in field-based knowledge and tested in empirical studies.


We warmly welcome you to our school and invite you to join us and share our commitment to advance research, improve practice, effect social policy, and promote excellence in the training of social workers.


Prof. Einat Peled
Head of
the Bob Shapell School of Social Work

at Tel Aviv University


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