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December 23, 1950

Psychiatry for Social Workers

JAMA. 1950;144(17):1532. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920170112058

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Abstract

This book has been prepared as a guide to social workers to enable them to recognize symptoms of common psychiatric disorders which may underlie the maladjustments of the persons with whom they deal in case work. It provides useful information for the social worker in deciding when he should call for psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, and it contains information which will enable him to realize the limitations of nonprofessonal treatment. Data on etiology, psychopathology, history, prognosis and treatment are provided for the major types of disorders. In this edition, many of the chapters have been completely revised, and a chapter on the social worker and treatment has been added which outlines some of the basic principles of case work treatment and psychotherapy. The responsibilities that a social worker may assume in treatment have been clearly defined.

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