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In Defense of the Psycho-Social Orientation in the Jewish Community Center

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Publication Date: March 1980

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America)

Author(s): David Dubin

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 56-3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Jewish Organizations; Organizational Development; Social Services

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author discusses the recent trend away from the traditional social work-oriented conception of the Jewish community center, detailing specific aspects of centers which seem incompatible with behavior-oriented social work. Nonetheless, the author argues, professional staff are better equipped to help people when they are able to understand needs based on a clinical grasp of behavior. He advocates the resurrection of the psycho-social orientation to enrich agency services.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.56 no.3, Spring 1980.