Drs. Gary Bowen and Dennis Orthner went to Israel in May to provide invited seminars on “Learning and Knowledge Development Strategies for Social Work Practice.” At an invited conference of social work leaders at Hebrew University, Orthner offered a presentation on a theory of learning and practice and Bowen presented a model for results-based learning and practice. This was followed by presentations by Israeli social work scholars on different strategies for infusing knowledge into practice. The conference was chaired by distinguished social work scholar, Professor Jona Rosenfeld.
Other meetings on social work applications of evidence-based strategies were held with the Ministries of Social Affairs and Education. The Ministry of Social Affairs in Israel is embarking on a nation-wide implementation of an online tool for social worker intervention strategies called a Virtual Community of Practice. Orthner and Bowen provided consultation on potential strategies for extending that tool to include community engagement and qualities of evidence. The Ministry of Education learned about CareerStart and its evaluation and is considering the application of that program in the Tel Aviv schools over the next year.