A Volunteer Program for Psychiatric Impatients in a General Hospital: A Pilot Project

By Gerald Schneiderman, Brian Segal

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1969

In cooperation with the Montreal Jewish General Hospital, the Montreal YM-YWHA instituted a pilot volunteer program for short-stay psychiatric inpatients. Patients who were no longer "symptomatically immobilized" were given the opportunity to apply for and receive a volunteer position that would prepare them for reintegration into the workforce. Not only did this program provide assistance to qualified patients, but it also demonstrated that a service agency can increase its scope of service to the community by providing physical and social outlets for psychiatric rehabilitation while a general hospital can discover community resources to use as a functional part of a total treatment program. Thus, selective use of such a program appears to be in the best interest of all parties.

Topic: Mental Health, Employment, Jewish Organizations, Volunteerism, Jobs

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 45/No. 3

Page Number(s): 274-278

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Canada , Montreal, Quebec

Language: English

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Schneiderman, Gerald. Segal, Brian. A Volunteer Program for Psychiatric Impatients in a General Hospital: A Pilot Project. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1969: 274-278. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4182


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