The authors relate the experience of their institution, the Hillside Hospital of New York, with a format of group social work called "the four-cornered conference" in the treatment of hospitalized adolescents. The four-cornered conference brings together the case worker, the doctor, the adolescent and her/his parents, and allows the doctor and the social worker directly to observe family dynamics in relation to the issues being discussed. The authors caution that this format can be highly effective, but only given certain circumstances, such as a pre-existing mutual commitment to improving the situation on the part of both the child and the parents. Outside of these conditions, the authors note, this method can do more harm than good.
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Freeman, Beatrice. Plotnick, Shirley. Riback, Sylvia. The Four-Cornered Conference: Another Technique of Family Centered Treatment of Hospitalized Adolescents. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1963: