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ERIC Number: ED002130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Jan
Pages: 19
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PROBLEMS AND PROMISE IN THE USE OF INDIGENOUS PERSONNEL.
OTIS, JACK
A SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION OF AUXILIARY PERSONNEL WILL BE CAUSED BY THE SOCIAL WORK MANPOWER SHORTAGE, THE ELIMINATION OF ROUTINE BLUE AND WHITE COLLAR JOBS BY AUTOMATION AND CYBERNATION, THE INCREASE IN NEW WORKERS IN A DECLINING LABOR MARKET FOR THE UNSKILLED AND THE SEMI-SKILLED, THE GROWTH OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS WHICH FUND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW POSITIONS IN HUMAN SERVICES, AND THE SPREAD OF AN OUTREACH AND SELF-HELP MOVEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE POOR. SOME OF THESE DEVELOPMENTS WILL SUSTAIN AND STRENGTHEN SOCIAL WORK OTHERS WILL POSE NEW STRAINS FOR IT. AUXILIARY WORKERS ARE DESCRIBED IN THREE GROUPS. A NONPROFESSIONAL PERFORMS ROUTINE DUTIES. THE SUBPROFESSIONAL PERFORMS TASKS THAT ARE REALLOCATIONS OF THE PROFESSIONAL ROLE. THE NEW CAREER OR INDEPENDENT WORKER INVOLVES SOCIAL AGENCIES IN THE WAR ON POVERTY. HE LINKS THE POOR WITH THE SERVICES IN THE COMMUNITY. HE IS A PEER OF THE CLIENT AND THUS ACCEPTABLE TO THE CLIENT. WHILE PROFESSIONALS HAVE DIFFICULTY SHARING ATTITUDES OF THE POOR, THE INDIGENOUS LINKER, AS ONE OF THE POOR, CAN OBTAIN INFORMATION AND COOPERATION FROM HIS PEERS. THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE NEW CAREER WORKER BETWEEN HIS PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISORS AND HIS CLIENTS IS DELICATE. HE SHOULD NOT BECOME PROFESSIONAL BUT REMAIN A PEER WITHIN HIS OWN GROUP. HIS MAIN ROLE IS TO BRING RAPPORT BETWEEN THE CLIENT AND THE ORGANIZATION. THE USE OF LOW-INCOME INDIGENOUS PERSONS IN ASSISTING THEIR MORE HELPLESS PEERS IS SUCCESSFUL IN IN EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAMS. IT PRESENTS AN EXCITING FUTURE FOR SOCIAL SERVICE AND FOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOME OF THE POOR.
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Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA