A Woman Ahead of Her Time
Maida Herman Solomon (1891 - 1988) has been recognized as a pioneer among a very small group of social work professionals who "invented" the field of psychiatric social work. She oversaw its definition, its development of standards, and its integration with other institutions of modern American medicine and education, and helped to found the profession of psychiatric social work. Not to be minimized was her stance as a role model for women in the mid-twentieth century in the way she combined her work as Professor of Social Economy at the Simmons College School of Social Work with her role as wife and mother. As a result, she made it possible for her students and later her social work colleagues, to integrate their career ambitions with family by advocating a part-time program at Simmons, as well as part-time social work research programs in the mental health setting.
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AAPSW Academy of Psychiatric Altenkunstadt American American Jewish Committee Andrea SOLOMON Anne Association Award Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Bess born on 25 Boston Psychopathic Hospital Boston State Hospital Burgkunstadt career casework colleagues course diary director Ehrmann Eric SOLOMON Evans field friends Germany Girls graduate Harry Solomon Harvard Medical School Hecht husband ibid interested Jewish Koshland later Latin School Maida and Harry Maida became Maida H Maida Herman Solomon Maida Solomon Maida's maternal married Massachusetts Mental Health Mental Health Center mental illness Milton Greenblatt mother Oral Memoir parents patients person Peter Herman SOLOMON Pickwick professional psychiatric social psychiatric social workers Psycho psychoanalytic Radcliffe RADNER was born retirement Schizophrenia School of Social Simmons College School Smith College Social Hygiene Social Hygiene Movement Social Service social work education Social Work Research social workers SOLOMON was born syphilis teaching volunteer wanted woman women young