ERIC Number: ED117333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Mental Health Care in the World of Work; New Horizons for Mental Health Professionals, Rehabilitation Counselors, Trade Unionists, Management Representatives, and All Those Concerned with Services to Working Men and Women.
Weiner, Hyman J.; And Others
The book presents important and innovative aspects of using the work setting as a vehicle for finding workers in psychological/social trouble (an estimated quarter of any work force at any time) and helping them stay on the job. It describes a four-year demonstration project in which a pioneering team of researchers combined the resources of trade union, management, and ancillary organizations (an outpatient medical clinic, an insurance company, and community mental health programs) to enable a large portion of 293 garmet workers with emotional problems or mental illness to continue their employment, by restructuring both treatment goals and the work environment. Four specific questions shaped the demonstration: (1) how to locate people at work who suffer from emotional problems; (2) how to engage and sustain the worker's involvement in treatment; (3) what is the nature of treatment and how does providing it within the work setting influence it and (4) what should be the labor division among patient, clinician, work representatives, and community agencies. Closing chapters present research data and conclusions: mental health professionals stationed in the work setting as a network hub can increase workers' survival rate, but substantial changes in clinical technology and service delivery systems are required. (AJ)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Blue Collar Occupations, Clinical Diagnosis, Community Resources, Coordination, Delivery Systems, Demonstration Programs, Employment Qualifications, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Mental Health Clinics, Mental Health Programs, Persistence, Personnel Management, Program Descriptions, Psychotherapy, Semiskilled Workers, Social Science Research, Unions, Work Environment
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161 (Order No. PB-243-208; MF $2.25, HC $7.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Sidney Hillman Health Center, New York, NY.