The author describes how the various sections of the National Conference of Jewish Communal Service (NCJCS) are found at differential stages of professional development. He argues that many schools of social work have developed a generic curriculum, with strong psychiatric, individualistic content rather than socio-cultural-environmental, and thus, in effect, may have, inadvertently or otherwise, prejudiced the social group work graduate against a sectarian setting. The Jewish field has not provided enough recordings of actual student and worker experience which could be used by the schools for teaching purposes, especially in the socio-cultural context. Until the Jewish agencies can produce such records, its protestations that it is really teaching effectively in this area sound hollow. A continuing basic issue is this: What is the function of a given Jewish social agency, what are the tasks required, and what kind of knowledge and skills are needed to accomplish the stated purposes? And, what is the differential educational responsibility of the school of social work, and the content of the in-service training responsibility of the employing agency?
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Rosen, Alex. Critical Issues in Professional Preparation for the Field of Jewish Communal Service. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1964: