Use of self: Merging our history with teaching practice classes

  • Michael N. Humble PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor School of Justice Studies and Social Work, University of West Florida Pensacola, FL


This narrative recounts the author's experiences applying a family intervention with new Ethiopian immigrants to Israel at high risk for child maltreatment and domestic violence, and presents narratives of empowering social work practice
with two families. Initially, the reader is provided with a brief introduction to the large contribution of immigration to the development of the state of Israel, as well as the nature of Israeli immigrant resettlement. The author presents the historical origins and characteristics of Jews of Ethiopia, as well as an account of their distinct waves of immigration to Israel during the past four decades. The many obstacles faced by the Ethiopian Jewish community within Israeli society, as yvell as some of their achievements, are noted.


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