In 1963, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America instituted a program in clinical pastoral psychiatry for its rabbinical students. This program placed students in field work opportunities in Jewish communal service agencies and provided firsthand experience with the counseling work that is becoming ever more central to the American rabbinate. This field work placement improved the viability of the rabbinate by training students in this pertinent field while growing the Jewish component of otherwise fairly universalistic agencies. The students found this program to be rewarding on personal and professional levels, and the author argues that a more robust, thorough social work program should be fashioned for rabbinical schools in order to capitalize on this success.
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Indelman, Rochelle. A Mental Health Education Program for Rabbinical Students and its Relevance to the Jewish Community. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1969: