Dr. Tova Yedidia

Fields of Interest

Group therapy; Development of creative tools in therapy; Marriage and Family therapy





    Bar Ilan University, Social Work



    Bar Ilan University, Social Work



    Bar Ilan University, Social Work


    Papers Presented at Scientific Conferences


    The Diversity Conference for Social Work Education & Practice (College of Social Work, University of South Carolina)

    "The Teaching of Immigrant Therapists from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union, the Use of Artistic Tools for Diagnosis and Treatment"


    Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, International Conference (McMaster University, Canada and Burapha University, Thailand)

    "The Use of Imprinted Personal Pain as a Source of the Search for Meaning, that Motivates Adaptive Coping"


    21st International Conference on Death and Bereavement (Haifa University Israel)

    "Healing Couples in the Womb of a Group: Dealing with Marital Relations in Bereaved Parents’ Support Groups"




    The Scientific Committee of the 28th International Congress of Psychology (Beijing, China)

    "Processing traumatic experiences in working with holocaust survivors by creating an album of memories"


    Between Matrix and Manuals' Contemporary Chllenges in Group Analysis (Molad, Norway)

    "Anti-Group in a Group for Parents of Children who have Committed Suicide" 


    Additional Information

    Other Professional Experience:

    1986-1989       Manager of “Ronen”, Department for Youth Services, Bat-Yam.

    1984-1989       Manager of Marriage Counseling Agency and Divorce Mediation Services, Bat-Yam.

    1981-1984       Child Protection Worker in the Local Welfare Services (Child Protection Worker is appointed by the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs and is mandated to appear in court), Bat-Yam.

    1979-1981       Social Worker, Local Welfare Services, Bat-Yam.

    • Developed training programs for divorce mediators and teaching divorce mediation.
    • Qualified divorce mediator and supervisor of divorce mediators
    • Group therapist and supervisor in groups for bereaved parents, divorced parents and their children. 
    • Qualified family therapist .

    Public Voluntary Positions:

    1998 – 2000    Developed a national project of group psychotherapy for elderly holocaust survivors.

    1990 – 1995    Participated in designing of national projects for treatment of youth in distress in Israel (Ministry of Education).


    Academic Roles:

    2001 - today    Reviewer of articles for the Journal of Society and Welfare.


    Special Duties in the University:

    2003 – 2004    Deputy Director of the School of Social Work

    2003 – 2004    Chairman of the B.A. program

    2003 – 2004    Member of the Advisory Committee

    2003 – 2004    Chairman of he B.A. Committee and Admissions Committee

    2003 – 2004    Member of Status Committee

    2004                Chairman of Status Committee

    2000 – 2003    Concentration of Social Group Work

    2000 – 2003    A member in B.A committee

    1999 – 2000    Re-designing the new B.A. curriculum


    Professionals Degrees:

    • Qualified family therapist - the Israeli Association for Marital and Family Therapy.
    • Qualified divorce mediator and supervisor in divorce mediation - the Israeli association for marital and family therapy.
    • Graduate of "Hidabrut" – A three year program for qualified psychotherapists - Israel Psychoanalytic Society.

    Membership in professional societies:

    • The Israeli Association for Marital and Family Therapy.
    • The Israeli Association of Social Workers

    Chapters in Books:

    Yedidia, T. & Itzhaky, H. (2003). "A drawing technique for diagnosis and therapy of adolescents suffering traumatic stress and loss related to terrorism", In N. Boyd (ed.), Mass Trauma, Stress and Loss (pp. 283-303), New York: Guilford press.

    Yedidia, T. & Levine-Keini, N. (2005). "Making use of family collage as a means for processing traumatic experiences in working with Holocaust Survivors", In B. Worsfold (ed.), The Art of Ageing: Textualising the Phase of Life (pp. 165-176), New York: Guilford press.


    Articles in Refereed Journals:

    Yedidia, T., & Yerushalmy, H. (1997). A model for the evaluation of readiness for divorce, Journal of Divorce and Remarriage26, 115-123.

    Yerushalmy, H., &  Yedidia, T. (1997). The family album, American Journal of Family Therapy25  (3), 261-269.

    Yedidia, T. (2003). Supervision, empathy and empowerment, Society & Welfare23(2), 227-244. (Hebrew).

    Yedidia, T. (2004). Using art tools for diagnosing and treating of immigrant therapists from Ethiopia and their patients, Society & Welfare24(1), 27-40. (Hebrew)

    Yedidia, T. (2005). Immigrant therapists' unresolved identity problems and counter-transference, Clinical Social Work33(2), 159-172.

    Yedidia, T. & Levine-Kaini, N. (2006). Using creative means to teach basic dynamic concepts, International Journal of the Arts in Society1(1), 51-58.

    Yedidia, T., & Yerushalmy, H. (2008). To murder the internal mother or to commit suicide? Anti group in a group of second generation holocaust survivors whose children committed suicide, Group Analysis Journal40(3).

    Lipschitz-Elhawi, R. & Yedidia, T. (2011). Using human figure drawings as a tool for examining self-perception and emotional attitudes among Jewish and Arab children in Israel, International Journal of Intercultural Relations35(5), 567-579.

    Yedidia, T. & Lipschitz-Elhawi, R. (2012). Examining social perceptions between Arab and Jewish children through human figure drawings, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association29(3), 104-112.

    Baum, N., Yedidia, T., Schwartz, C. & Aran, O. (2013). Social work studies at a Haredi women's college: Difficulties and dilemmas, Journal of Social Work Education49(1).

    Ezra, J., & Yedidia, T. (2016). The matrix of the group as transformative container in marital therapy with bereaved parents. Group Analysis, 49(1). DOI: 10.1177/0533316415626619

    Baum, N., Schwartz, C., Yedidia, T. & Aran, O. (accepted for publication). Ultra-Orthodox women pursuing an education in social work, Journal of Social Work Education.


    7681301 - Issues in Art Therapy in Health and Rehabilitation Systems


    1. Group therapy.

    2. Development of creative tools in therapy, supervision, teaching and research.

    3. Marriage and Family therapy.

    Last Updated Date : 29/09/2022