Supplementing Case Work by Group Methods

By Sanford Sherman, Ferdinand Berl

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare, December 1947

This piece reports the experience of client group meetings which took place at the United Services for New Americans (USNA). With the opening of immigration even on a limited basis this past year, the USNA, and especially the Family Service Dept., have mushroomed in growth. This took place at a time when case workers were scarce and most agencies suffered from staff shortages. The attempt to build up a large and competent case work staff within a short time met with many difficulties. Faced with a serious shortage of workers and an ever increasing volume of client applicants, there was an overloading of workers to a point where quality of service was being depressed. As one of the measures to help meet the problem of shortage, while trying to sustain the level of service, a project was conceived which, in serving a segment of the case load, might serve to reduce some of the pressures all around, and still preserve certain qualitative aspects of the service.

Topic: Social Services, Social Work, Immigration, Program Evaluation

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol.24/no.2

Page Number(s): 200-217

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Sherman, Sanford. Berl, Ferdinand. Supplementing Case Work by Group Methods. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. December 1947: 200-217. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6025


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