Teaching Policy Practice: A Hands-On Seminar for Social Workers in Israel

Idit Weiss-Gal*, Riki Savaya

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The current question in social work discourse is no longer whether all social workers should be trained in policy practice, but how to train them. This article describes a three-semester long seminar in policy practice for social workers studying for their MSW at a university in Israel. The seminar sought to train the participants to integrate direct and policy practice in their daily professional activities. The article presents the findings of a controlled, pre-post, mixed-methods evaluation of the seminar. The findings show that the seminar increased the participants' sense of self-efficacy and their actual involvement in policy practice and that it brought a number of other benefits to them, their workplace, and the relation between the two.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-157
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Policy Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • MSW program
  • evaluation
  • policy practice
  • self-efficacy
  • social work education


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