ERIC Number: ED162181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
New Careers in Mental Health: Educational Supports for Women Paraprofessionals.
Passy, Lynn E.
The cultural position of women vis-a-vis work is changing. Family breakdown and the financial burdens which come with single-parenting are forcing women to enter the job market for the first time or in a new way. Even in two-parent families, economic constraints are demanding that wives as well as husbands work full-time. Too many women will experience discouragement as they enter work or change their expectations of it. This is true particularly for women who: (1) are from low-income backgrounds; (2) are entering work after or as a result of personal trauma (divorce, widowhood); (3) are entering work without the credentials of higher education; and/or (4) have life experiences which are traditionally female. For such women gratifying work is not easily found. Moreover, the human services upon which these women rely for new access to work have not provided advocacy for social change, but have often limited the search for new careers by the denial of critical support systems. The New Careers in Mental Health program described in this document was established in 1973 to address these concerns. It involves developing innovative Associate and Bachelor level education programs which enable the combination of full employment in human service and full-time participation in higher education. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
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