Michal Sela-Amit, PhD

TitleClinical Associate Professor of Social Work, Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentSocial Work
AddressSWC 230
University Park Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-0411
Phone+1 213 821 4402
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    Michal Sela-Amit became a clinical assistant professor at the USC School of Social Work in 2007 after having served as an adjunct lecturer and the international student advisor.

    While in Israel, Sela-Amit had been an instructor at the University of Haifa, Tel Hai Academic College and Western Galilee College, where she taught a variety of courses on the cultural aspects of social work, group work, violence in the family and immigration.

    Sela-Amit's professional interests include child welfare; family violence and secondary victimization; immigration, acculturation and bi-culturalism; international social work and narrative therapy, and qualitative and triangulation research methodologies. Since 1986, her research has included the investigation of adolescent violence, therapy modalities for family violence and child abuse, career development of the MSW within the Department of Child and Family Services, intra-familial child sexual abuse, provision and adequacy of mental health services for neglected and abused children and the effects of child sexual abuse on younger siblings.

    In addition to an academic career, she has held a variety of social work positions including that of clinical research practitioner with the Women's League for Israel within the research, intervention and prevention of domestic violence unit. She conducted couples therapy for domestic violence cases, parental counseling for child abuse offenders and group work for victims of domestic violence. Sela-Amit also has worked for the Haifa Department of Social Welfare Services in Haifa, Israel; Ramat Hadassa Szold Youth Village in Kiriat Tivon, Israel; Kiriat ATA Municipal Services, the Unit for Youth in Distress, Israel; and the Student Guidance and Counseling Center at the University of Haifa, Israel.

    Currently, Sela-Amit serves on the USC School of Social Work admission committee and administrative team, and she is an International Social Work Caucus advisor. She is also a theater and therapy project committee member for the Los Angeles-Tel-Aviv Partnership, as well as a current member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Council on Social Work Education.