Sectarian Commitment and Professional Purpose in Social Work Practice

By Charles S. Levy

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1965

Social workers in Jewish agencies are often faced with a conflict between the needs of the individual client and the collective interest of the Jewish group. This conflict will sometimes involve the social worker's complex negotiation of client-counselor relationships. While the social worker does run the risk of subordinating the client's individual needs to those of the Jewish group and Jewish culture, a social worker in a Jewish agency should represent both social work values and principles and those of the Jewish group, while providing a non-judgmental environment in which the social worker facilitates the client's choice to access the agency's sectarian agenda.

Topic: Professionalism, Social Work, Values

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 41/No. 3

Page Number(s): 267-272

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Levy, Charles S. Sectarian Commitment and Professional Purpose in Social Work Practice. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1965: 267-272. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4915


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