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Joseph Soroka, Ph.D

About Myself and My Experience

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Since the beginning of my professional career in 1972, I have been engaged with persons and their problems, working with them to understand the origins of the problems, to unravel their complexity, and to determine the appropriate strategies for coping with them.  Both in my role as therapist and as a manager in various agencies, I have had the opportunity to deal with a range of problems and challenges, including teaching and training of students and employees.

When the Municipality of Haifa and the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa entered into a collaboration to establish a Family Therapy Clinic, I was chosen to be the first director.  I also directed the Haifa branches of “Eran” (psychological first-aid by telephone) and the alcohol detox center of the Ministry of Welfare.   I worked as a family therapist at the Oranim Family and Child Service near Tivon and as a probation officer and assistant director of the Adult Probation Service, Haifa and Northern District.  In addition, for some fifteen years I served as a mental health officer in the Israel Defense Forces as part of my reserve duty, doing individual and family therapy.  Finally, I have been in private practice since 1986.

Academic Degrees

 Ph.D, 2006 , University of Tel – Aviv . Research topic: Teaching and training Brief-therapy , Solution focused approach , using a constructivist learning environment and using computerized learning program

, MSW, 1979, University of Haifa, School of Social Work

BSW, 1972, University of Haifa, School of Social Work, sponsored by University of Jerusalem

Professional status

2005

   Qualified psychotherapist , accredited by the Israeli Association of Focused Psychotherapy

2003

Expert in family Work, and a Senior Social Worker, accrediting by Israeli Association of Social Workers

1992

 Supervisor and Certified Family Therapist , accredited by the Israeli Association of Family Therapy

2001

2001 – Organizational Consultant.  Certified by I.P.P.A,  Israeli Association for Organizational Development

Publications

Hebrew

Soroka, J. & Fishman, G. (1980). Influence of extralegal judicial factors on the decisions of the judges. Society and Welfare, No. 2

Soroka, J. (1988). Management , psychotherapy , management . A manual of organization and management. Hotchkiss Center for youth and JDC Israel . School of Social Work , Haifa

Soroka, J. (1991). Unfaithfulness in the Marital System. Paradoxical Intervention Using the Idea of Revenge. Society and Welfare , April

Soroka, J. (1993). Alcoholic, wife and everything in between. Society and Welfare , April

Soroka, J. (1993) . First do  then think. Creating a strategic approach to change. Manual. November. Self edt

Soroka, J. (1994). Strategic approach to treatment – the default intervention youth workers. Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.From Exclusion to Inclusion.  The youth and society admin-advancement of youth at risk department. Publication No. 6

Soroka, J. (1997) . Youth work and Multi-Dimensional Intelligence . From Exclusion to Inclusion. Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. The youth and society admin-advancement of youth at risk department. Publication No. 8

Soroka, J. (2000). Smoking is not cool. From Exclusion to Inclusion. Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. The youth and society admin-advancement of youth at risk department.  Publication No. 10. June

Soroka, J. (2004). Influence and change – elements in promoting youth workers . From Exclusion to Inclusion. Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. The youth and society admin-advancement of youth at risk department. Publication No. 12 . June

English

Cohen , B- Z . , Fishman , G. , & Soroka, J. 1985 – Judicial Discretion and Sentencing Disparity in Courts in Israel. In Journal of Criminal Justice , Adult Felony . Vol , 13 , pp . 99-115

Soroka, J. 1995 – Unfaithfulness in the Marital System. Paradoxical Intervention Using the Idea of Revenge. In: In Propagations. Thirty Years of Influence From the Mental Research Institute. Weakland & Ray, Edt. The Haworth Press, Inc