CAREERS IN SOCIAL SERVICE by Kathlyn Gay

CAREERS IN SOCIAL SERVICE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

With rare graciousness the author lists several comparable career guides at the start; unfortunately hers has little to add. Geared largely to the traditional concept of social work (both in terms of preparation and of practice), it distinguishes between casework, group work and community organization, examines each in a typical setting, then shifts to the settings themselves--family service agencies, settlement and neighborhood houses. United Funds and Community Chests. Separate chapters treat of psychiatric social work, ""top jobs"" (research, teaching, administration), opportunities in foreign service and, interestingly, the relation between religion and social service. Mention is made of exposure via VISTA and summer jobs, of recent openings for sub-professionals, of the growing involvement of government and--in a very minor way--of anti-poverty work. In sum, the book acknowledges but does not really reflect the ferment that is transforming the field; rather it's an agreeable if discursive overview of the betterment business as usual with the usual tips on getting started.

Pub Date: April 7th, 1969
Publisher: Messner