Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 9190501 Israel
The Barcai Institute of Narrative, Family and Couples Therapy 37 She'erit Yisrael Street Tel Aviv 6816522 Israel
Phone: +972-(0)54-7944549 Email:
Yochay Nadan, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer (tenured) at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a social worker and a licensed Marital and Family Therapist and supervisor. He is affiliated with the Barcai Institute, a Narrative Family Therapy Center, located in Tel Aviv, Israel. Yochay applies a social constructionist approach in his research, teaching and clinical practice. In his current research project, he adopts a context-informed perspective to explore, challenge and deconstruct widely-held Western perspectives regarding constructs such as “risk,” “protection,” “vulnerability,” and “well-being” of children. Yochay has published extensively on this topic and is currently co-editing a volume titled Context-Informed Perspectives of Child Risk and Protection accepted into the Springer’s Child Maltreatment Series.
In addition, for number of years Yochay has dealt with the construct of “cultural competence,” from a critical, anti-oppressive perspective. He has developed a constructivist conceptualization of the construct advocating for inclusion of dimensions of power relations, context and intersectionality. As a social work practitioner, Yochay has worked for several years as an intergroup dialogue facilitator among groups in conflict, especially Israeli Jews and Palestinians. He adheres to the Narrative-based approach to intergroup dialogue, and also published on this matter. As a family therapist, supervisor and trainer, he positions himself as a narrative, collaborative therapist. He has dealt with practices of Reflection and witnessing as means to develop rich stories for individuals, families and trainees.