Discussion of Dr. Taft's Paper

By Herbert H. Aptekar

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

The author discusses Dr. Jessie Taft's paper, "Time as the Medium of the Helping Process" and compliments her on turning the 'therapeutic use of time' into a meaningful conception for caseworkers. Aptekar maintains throughout his review that time is an essential element of therapy in the "time-centered civilization" in which we live. Furthermore, the author delves into the patient and helper's relationship to time and attempts to answer the question of whether time-restraints lead to a rigid therapeutic process. Then, the author explains the reasons why an agency should impose time limits, which are, first, that by the imposition of time limits patients will be forced to operate within the 'real,' time-centered civilization and will thus benefit from it psychologically, and second, that agencies will be able to help more patients overall. Finally, Aptekar concludes his review by calling for more research about the time factor in the social services.

Topic: Social Services, Social Work, Psychology/Psychiatry, Mental Health, Research

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol.26/no.2

Page Number(s): 199-204

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Aptekar, Herbert H. Discussion of Dr. Taft's Paper. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. December 1949: 199-204. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5320


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