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October 1968

The Role of Indigenous Personnel as Clinical TherapistsTraining and Implications for New Careers

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From the Temple University Community Mental Health Center, Philadelphia.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(4):428-434. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740100044007

THE real impact of the passage of time on the health and ills of man may never be documented; for some, the question remains that care may be merely an expeditious intervention in man's struggle for normal health. But even that intervention is fraught with delays, most clearly recorded in the postponing and vacillating attitudes which precede most requests for psychiatric care and also, in the long waiting period which follows. It has been our thesis that intervention should be quick and in that sense preventive. The most frequent response to such a challenge is the cry for more manpower, and among those most involved, a cry for new kinds of manpower.

The enormous gap between the demand for psychiatric services and the existing supply of professional manpower is well documented as it has been noted indeed, in all the helping services.1-6 The

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