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ERIC Number: ED011541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Dec-2
Pages: 25
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Reference Count: 0
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THE NONPROFESSIONAL IN SOCIAL WELFARE--DIMENSIONS AND ISSUES.
DENHAM, WILLIAM H.
BECAUSE THERE IS A MANPOWER SHORTAGE IN SOCIAL WORK, THE AUTHOR CONCLUDED THAT INDIGENOUS NONPROFESSIONALS SHOULD BE USED TO PERFORM BOTH TRADITIONAL AND NEW SOCIAL WELFARE FUNCTIONS. THE AUTHOR FELT THAT, ALTHOUGH WIDELY USED, THE TERM "NONPROFESSIONAL" IS INADEQUATE AND IMPLIES THE OCCUPATIONAL STATUS GAP BETWEEN MIDDLE CLASS SUBPROFESSIONALS AND LOWER CLASS AUXILIARIES. THERE IS A NEED FOR A CLASSIFICATION OF THE CAPACITIES AND THE DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL OF THE NONPROFESSIONAL POPULATION AND OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR JOBS. SOCIAL WORK POLICY PLANNING MUST REALISTICALLY RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR "RISK REDUCTION" RATHER THAN "RISK ELIMINATION" IN THE QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF SERVICE SO THAT IT CAN CONTINUE TO BE GIVEN. THERE ARE FOUR STRUCTURAL FEATURES RELEVANT TO A PROGRAM FOR NONPROFESSIONALS--(1) GOAL FORMULATION, WHOSE OBJECTIVES ARE DEVELOPING EMPLOYABILITY, PROVIDING EMPLOYMENT, AND STIMULATING INSTITUTIONAL (INTRA-AGENCY) CHANGE, (2) JOB DEVELOPMENT, WHICH INCLUDES THE DEFINITIONS OF ROLES AND FUNCTIONS AT THE ENTRY POINT AND AFTER TRAINING AS WELL AS THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF THESE ROLES, (3) RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION, WHICH IS ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT AMONG THE HARD CORE POOR, WHOSE JOB NEEDS ARE GREATEST, AND (4) TRAINING, WHICH IS RELATED TO GOALS AND REQUIRES DEVELOPING A PROGRAM WITH APPROPRIATE METHODS. THIS WORKING PAPER WAS PREPARED FOR THE INSTITUTE ON THE NEW NONPROFESSIONAL, MASSACHUSETTS STATE CONFERENCE OF SOCIAL WELFARE, BOSTON, DECEMBER 2, 1966. (NH)
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Identifiers: Massachusetts (Boston)