Values in Conflict in Social Work Practice

By Gisela Konopka

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Summer 1963

The author presents his conception of the basic value system underlying the social work field, differentiating between primary and secondary values. He discusses the relationship of these values to Jewish center practice, and to the educational systems training social work professionals, and describes different types of value conflict which may emerge in these settings, whether derived from different backgrounds or religious beliefs, or from disparate views about the nature and goals of social work itself. Despite these conflicts, however, the author argues that there is no real conflict between social work practice and Jewish center practice, and that many perceived value conflicts in this setting are nothing more than misunderstandings.

Topic: Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Social Work, Sectarianism, Jewish Organizations, Higher Education, Values, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 39/No. 4

Page Number(s): 343-357

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Konopka, Gisela. Values in Conflict in Social Work Practice. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1963: 343-357.


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