The Social Agency and the Psychiatrist

By Robert Gomberg, Frances T. Levinson

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, December 1951

Addressing the question of how to utilize psychiatric and social work services in order to optimize family agency services to clients, the authors place the model used by their agency (Jewish Family Service of New York) on a spectrum in between two sub-optimal extremes: integrating psychiatrists so completely that they function exactly like case workers, and on the other extreme, using psychiatrists as outside consultants for particular questions, out of touch with agency function. The authors outline their agency's model of integrating psychiatrists into clinical work, and into staff development, while avoiding both of these undesirable extremes.

Topic: Methodology, Management and Administration, Social Work, Psychology/Psychiatry

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 28/No. 2

Page Number(s): 143-150

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Gomberg, Robert. Levinson, Frances T. The Social Agency and the Psychiatrist. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. December 1951: 143-150.


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