The Social Work Archive provides brief information on the most significant actors, events or institutions in the field of Social Work between 1948-2008

Developed and coordinated by Ms. Hyam Kahi Pioneer Social Woker

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1948 - 1960

The start of the Social Work profession in Lebanon

بدايات مهنة العمل الاجتماعي في لبنان

1961 - 1975

The development of Social Work as a profession in Lebanon

تطور العمل الاجتماعي المهني في لبنان

1976 - 1990

The Social Work in time of crises in Lebanon- The Lebanese Civil War

العمل الاجتماعي في أوقات الأزمات في لبنان – الحرب الأهلية اللبنانية

1991 - 2000

The Social Work profession after the Lebanese war- attempts of recovery

مهنة العمل الاجتماعي في لبنان بعد الحرب اللبنانية – محاولات التعافي  


In Lebanon, social work as a profession began in the years 1948, it evolved thanks to the determination of the Social Workers pioneers, the war of 1975 which lasted more than 15 years disrupted its development. At the end of the war social workers adapted their approaches and methodologies in an attempt to restore what was destroyed by the war, however apart from the provision of certain social structures, social workers were tired, some had left the country others reached retirement age and several died. The war was capable of erasing their experiences which could not be transmitted to the younger generations as usual, hence the idea of retracing the history of social service to pay homage to the pioneers on the one hand and others take advantage of history to better understand the present and shed light on the future


Making the history of Social Work in Lebanon well-known by tracing its evolution within the social context of the time Tracing the biographies of the pioneers and rediscover their journeys in the creation of Social Work Developing an exchange network and share them with concerned stakeholders

Leading Researcher Hyam Kahi

Meet Hyam Kahi, Leading Researcher on Social Work Archive

Pioneer Social Worker - With over 40 years of experience in social work, from field work, to reseach, education, and the management and leadership of academic institutions, Hyam has been a witness of the advancement of Social Work in Lebanon since 1968 and is dedicated to the development of the profession. After leading Saint Joseph University (USJ)'s Lebanese School of Social Work (Ecole Libanaise de Formation Sociale (ELFS)) as Director from 1984 to 1998, she helped launch the University Center For Family and Community Health (Centre Universitaire de Sante Familiale et Communautaire (CUSFC)) at Saint Joseph University in 1999, which she then led for 13 years. She is now a member of the Lebanese National Ethics Committee for Kidney Transplant as well as Hotel Dieu de France (USJ)'s Ethics Committee. She has also been appointed as Honorary Director of the Lebanese School of Social Work (ELFS) since 2003, and as a "Trusted Person" at Saint Joseph University since 2015. Hyam holds a Masters in Social Work from Laval University in Quebec and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Saint Joseph University in Beirut.