An Analysis of Intake Process at Catholic Charities, Family Service, Archdiocese of New York, September 1, 1950 to September 1, 1951: A Study of 24 Cases That Were Referred to the District for Continued Service
Differences in practice of intake among agencies and caseworkers have absorbed the writer’s interest for some time. These differences in part may be attributed to various levels of skill and degree of experience of the individual workers. Aside from that factor, however, it seems that there is a lack of agreement in thinking and in practice regarding the actual content, extent and function of the intake interview. The writer does not refer to the disagreements between the two distinct schools of social casework today, namely, the functional and the diagnostic as such a controversial topic requires separate study beyond the scope of this dissertation. The writer’s experience has been concentrated in settings where diagnostic concepts predominate and consequently her point of view is based on diagnostic principles rather than functional ones. From the experience of others in the field of social work, the intake interview has a unique part in the total casework process and much is dependent on its success or failure. To begin with, the skill in a first interview determines to a great extent whether the individual obtains in some measure the help he is seeking. It is a vital spot in any agency regardless of distinctive policies, philosophy or function because it affects the flow of service in other divisions. In relation to the community, intake workers are in a position to feel the pulse of current community needs and therefore they are in a pivotal area regarding interpretation of philosophy and method of social casework.
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Kreigenhofer, Adelaide Grace, "An Analysis of Intake Process at Catholic Charities, Family Service, Archdiocese of New York, September 1, 1950 to September 1, 1951: A Study of 24 Cases That Were Referred to the District for Continued Service" (1951). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30557635.