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Richmond School of Social Economy – Opening Term. Fall 1917.

  SOCIAL ECONOMY SCHOOL OPENS ON OCTOBER 1 Dr Hibbs Says New Institution Has Prospects for Large Number of Students   The Richmond School of Social Economy, which is the first training school for social workers and public health nurses to be established in the South on a permanent basis, will open October 1 at… Continue Reading »

Richmond School of Social Economy – Beginnings. October 1916 – July 1917

Richmond School of Social Economy – Beginnings. October 1916 – July 1917 Alice W. Campbell, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries   The Richmond School of Social Economy was a training school for social workers established in Richmond, Virginia. The school changed its name and character over time, and in 1968 merged with the Medical College of… Continue Reading »

Negro Visitor in Negro Homes (1919)

A Negro Visitor in Negro Homes The Survey, July 12, 1919 (Vol. 42, Issue 15), 574.   This article reports on the work of Lulu Maxwell, the first African American social worker with the Associated Charities of Minneapolis. Incidents of truancy and delinquency, along with Maxwell’s work with the elderly and orphans are discussed.   … Continue Reading »

Conversation at Buffalo (1939)

A fictional conversation in which three delegates to the National Conference on Social Work discuss the effects of segregation and racism on African American social workers.Continue Reading »

Falck, Hans Siegfried (1923 – 2014)

Author of Social Work: The Membership Perspective, Dr. Falck’s greatest contribution to the field was his development of the “Membership Theory” and his study of its implications and consequences for social work practice.Continue Reading »

Pritchard, Marion: Social Worker and Savior of Jews in WW II

The Dutch government surrendered to the Nazis 5 days after the Germans invaded in May, 1940. Millions of Jews, Gypsies, and others were slaughtered, while some Dutch people risked their lives to help the victims….Marion Pritchard was one of the rescuers. She concealed a Jewish family for nearly 3 years and killed a Dutch Nazi policeman to save the children.Continue Reading »

Rankin, Jeannette (1880–1973)

Jeannette Rankin’s life was filled with extraordinary achievements: she was the first woman elected to Congress, one of the few suffragists elected to Congress, and the only Member of Congress to vote against U.S. participation in both World War I and World War II. “I may be the first woman member of Congress,” she observed upon her election in 1916. “But I won’t be the last.”1Continue Reading »

Brackett, Jeffery Richardson (1860 – 1949)

In 1904, Bracket was called upon by the presidents of Harvard University and Simmons College to head the Boston School for Social Workers (later the Simmons College School of Social Work), the first academically affiliated school of social work in the United States. He was named Instructor in Charity, Public Aid, and Corrections at Harvard and Professor of Theory and Practice of Philanthropic Work at Simmons College.Continue Reading »

Gilman, Daniel Coit (1831 – 1908): Part Two

Daniel Coit Gilman is best known for his contributions to American university and medical education. Much less well known are his activities in contributing to the foundation for American professional social work education and his personal social welfare activities. This paper reviews his history in these areas and argues that greater attention should be given to his social welfare educational and practice accomplishments.Continue Reading »

Karls, James M. (1927-2008)

Dr. Karls’ greatest contribution to the public appreciation of social work is his development of the “person in the environment” (PIE) assessment system that distinguishes social work from the other mental health professions. Working with Dr. Karin Wandrei, Dr. Karls used the concept underlying social work practice of person-in-environment to develop a system for social workers to record the results of their assessment that addresses the whole person. It helps the practitioner determine recommended courses of action, and to clearly follow the progress of the work. PIE has been translated into many languages, and it has been computerized. It is used as a teaching tool not only in the US but in other countries. PIE provides an alternative to the medical model that has traditionally dominated mental health practice, and encourages social work leadership in social rehabilitation, community resources, and advocacy models.Continue Reading »

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