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July 11, 1908

SPECIAL TRAINING FOR ATTENDANTS IN INSTITUTIONS FOR THE INSANE.

JAMA. 1908;LI(2):132-133. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540020044006
Abstract

A novel and interesting educational experiment is to be inaugurated this summer by the Chicago School of Civics and Philanthropy. Under the leadership of Miss Julia Lathrop, for many years a member of the Illinois State Board of Charities, and now director in this school, a summer course has been arranged for attendants in institutions for the insane and mentally defective. The course has been planned with skill and originality, the object being to show the educational value of occupation, and to afford practical training in those handicrafts which are familiar in kindergartens and manual training schools. In addition, lectures are offered on the elements of psychology, pedagogy and psychiatry and on sociologic subjects. Thus the attendant is to be given training which will fit him to undertake new and important duties in the care of the insane, making of him a teacher and not merely a custodian.

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