The Role of the Social Worker as Shown Through Referrals for Casework Service: A Study of Twenty Two Cases on the Psychiatric Wards of East Orange Veteran’s Administration Hospital, East Orange, New Jersey, December 1958 to November 1959
Psychiatric Social work was first given a distinctive name in 1913. This name designated a special function of social workers who began about that time to visit families of patients in psychiatric hospitals to obtain information needed by psychiatrists in their treatment of patients. The child guidance movement, started in 1922, added another area for the services of the psychiatric social worker. The growth of this movement and the extension to adult guidance clinics, increased the need for social work services in a psychiatric setting. The traditional role of the social worker in such a setting has included history taking and contact with the families of patients. The content of social work practise has continually evolved through the years. The present primary contribution of the social worker to the diagnosis, treatment and disposition of emotionally disturbed persons and their families is through case work services. By means of the person to person relationship, the social worker assists the individual to determine and resolve problems in his environment and interpersonal relationships which interfere with adequate social functioning.
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Clark, Catherine Louise, "The Role of the Social Worker as Shown Through Referrals for Casework Service: A Study of Twenty Two Cases on the Psychiatric Wards of East Orange Veteran’s Administration Hospital, East Orange, New Jersey, December 1958 to November 1959" (1960). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30724975.