Trends in Social Work, 1874-1956: A History Based on the Proceedings of the National Conference of Social Work

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30 · THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON
METHODS OF PREVENTING
DELINQUENCY

UNDER THE auspices of the Commonwealth Fund of New York, and with financial support supplied by the Fund, a Joint Committee on Methods of Preventing Delinquency was organized in 1922 ( Barry Smith, Proceedings, 1922). The committee consisted of the New York School of Social Work, the National Committee for Mental Hygiene, and the National Committee on Visiting Teachers of the Public Education Association of New York. The National Conference of Social Work did not have any part in originating it, but the members listened with attention to the graphic accounts of Barry Smith and Howard W. Nudd.

The objectives of the Joint Committee were the promotion of the psychiatric study of the child showing difficult behavior problems; advancement of the movement for visiting teachers in the public schools; and development of opportunities for the preparation of psychiatric social workers needed by the staffs of the enlarged services which were proposed. In pursuit of these objectives the Committee underwrote the establishment of the Bureau of Child Guidance, affiliated with the New York School of Social Work; opened demonstration child guidance clinics in certain selected cities; assigned visiting teachers to certain school systems; established training scholarships for psychiatric social workers; and, on request, offered

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