A Descriptive Study of the Catholic Charities Guidance Institute, Manhattan: 1922-1950

George Matthew Shea, Fordham University


Writing of the development of child guidance in the United States, Bernard Gleuck expresses what he considers to be the basic motivation responsible for the phenomenal growth of this field as, "our determination to do the best for our children". This characteristic he maintains is the most encouraging feature of our contemporary civilization. Child guidance has spread rapidly during the past twenty-five or thirty years in the United States. This is ample evidence of the recognition its program has received. This writer first learned of child guidance work through his contacts with the Catholic Charities Guidance Institute. He was, prior to his entrance into school, a member of the staff of the Catholic Home Bureau, an agency of Catholic Charities which cares for neglected and dependent children through a foster home and adoptive program. Through the experience of referring a number of children to the Guidance Institute, this writer was able to gain some appreciation of the function of a child guidance clinic. His desire to broaden his knowledge and to deepen his understanding of the policy, procedure, and techniques of a child guidance clinic lead him to undertake this study of the Guidance Institute.

Subject Area

American studies|Public policy|Social work

Recommended Citation

Shea, George Matthew, "A Descriptive Study of the Catholic Charities Guidance Institute, Manhattan: 1922-1950" (1951). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30509544.