Discussion of Todd Simon's Paper

By Martha K. Selig

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare, September 1949

Though fashioned as a discussion of Todd Simon's article, "Interpreting Agency Program as an essential of Agency Function," this article focuses itself on explaining the difficulties and barriers which have made the field of social work suffer in the "process of interpretation." That is, the author maintains that the public does not understand the field, and therefore its interpretation of social work is necessarily flawed. To remedy this, the author spends the bulk of the article outlining the changes the must be made so as to contend against the process of interpretation, which include training field workers in public relations techniques ("training for interpretation"), shoring up social work's ideas concerning itself, beefing up inter-agency cooperation, and engaging in publicity programs, among a few other recommendations. Ultimately, Selig's main point is that the public must be allowed to understand both the importance of social work and the activities of the social worker on a deep, non-superficial basis.

Topic: Social Services, Social Work, Professional Development, Psychology/Psychiatry, Training, Public Opinion

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol.26/no.1

Page Number(s): 106-110

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Selig, Martha K. Discussion of Todd Simon's Paper. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. September 1949: 106-110. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5183


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