Comment on the Implications of the Curriculum Study for Social Casework

By Sidney J. Berkowitz

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1961

The author responds to several recommendations made in the Social Work Curriculum Study, such as a renewed focus on the case worker's understanding of her client's "role." The author argues that "role" (father, wife, etc.) is but one factor in any client's life; though it is certainly important to understand the impact of that role on the client's behavior, each client must be seen as a complex individual rather than as a placeholder for a particular role. The author supports the Study's recommendation that social work agencies employ second-year graduate students, recognizing that service to clients will be a necessary sacrifice to train qualified social workers. As well, the author supports the Study's conclusion that social workers should be active in changing the personalities of their clients rather than offering vague support of their present behaviors.

Topic: Curriculum, Social Work, Training, Higher Education, Study

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 37/No.2

Page Number(s): 143-147

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Berkowitz, Sidney J. Comment on the Implications of the Curriculum Study for Social Casework. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1961: 143-147.


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