Jessica Arnold: Israel 2017 - Day 4

So today was a very emotionally pulling day as we visited the Parent-Child Treatment Center in Beit HaKerem and took a guided tour at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.  

First I want to say that not only did I take something from both of these places, but both of these places also took a piece of me. Yad Vadshem is a treatment center that opened its first doors about 15 years ago with an attempt to look for alternative solutions for families and children at risk. The goal was to create a community-based care center for the parent-child relationship whom suffered from either anxiety, post-trauma or other social service's needs. The plan for this community based treatment was to make parents aware of their abilities to raise children and improve their way of life together and amongst society. Now I know there are similar services like this in Oklahoma, but what really stood out to me about this unique community based treatment is that this organization hires a "House Mother" whom will prepare after school snacks and a meal for the family. This house mother spends time with the parents, the children and the family together. She is invited to all family group meetings as well as staff meetings in regards to the family for an input that the social worker or therapist may not see. The House Mother may not be licensed or a clinician, but she is essential for family functioning and restoration. I think that Oklahoma could really take from this "community based care" in regards to someone being in the home as an example for stability and family functioning for the parents and the children! I could dream about all the ways this could be incorporated into our Bridge Family Resource homes and the biological homes of our kiddos in care! 

The second place that took a piece of my heart was the Holocaust museum. The very first stop in the tour was a story about Irena Sendler who became a social worker following her father's guided words as she spent her life trying to save those from the Nazi's. Irena Sendler was told by her father once that "If you ever see a man drowning, it is your job to save them whether you can swim or not." This was INCREDIBLY powerful to me because I believe this is the true to the heart of social work. Needless to say, I feel that today was a huge lesson to my social work career, passion and love for the people in my community and around the world. 

I will never be able to forget the lessons of today!

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