On the encounter between jewish supervisors and arab supervisees in Israel

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Most Arab students of social work in Israel are supervised by Jewish supervisors during their field work practicum. However, there is a serious dearth of empirical research on this encounter between people from different ethnic and national backgrounds. The paper presents results from two studies conducted among Jewish supervisors and Arab supervisees. Supervisors' and supervisees' perceptions were studied and documented along five dimensions: (1) Difficulties experienced specifically by Arab students; (2) the relationship between Jewish supervisors and Arab supervisees; (3) difficulties related to gender and nationality; (4) strategies for coping with difficulties between Arab supervisees and their Jewish supervisors; and (5) recommended modifications in the social work curriculum and supervision process. Gaps between the perceptions of Jewish supervisors and Arab supervisees are discussed, and relevant conclusions are presented.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)17-37
Number of pages21
JournalThe Clinical Supervisor
Issue number2
StatePublished - 28 Dec 1999


  • Arab students
  • Cultural sensitivity in supervision
  • Field work practicum
  • Jewish supervisors
  • Social work education in Israel
  • Supervision


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