The New Volunteerism: A Community Connection

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Transaction Publishers, Jan 1, 1976 - Social Science - 178 pages
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This unique volume is a case study of a successful and innovative program using case aide volunteers to deinstitutionalize mental patients. It will serve as an important reference for professionals, teachers, and administrators who are involved in the "business" of human services and require concrete information on how to develop effective volunteer programs to bridge the widening gap between services and needs.

The authors use their particular program as an empirical blueprint for principles undergirding the successful use of volunteers as extensions of professional social service staff. The case-aide handbook appended to the volume provides a "quick prescription" formula for how this volunteer program was made viable and how these techniques can be adapted to other programs.

In the new and enlarged edition of The New Volunteerism, the authors tell about "whatever happened to..." the case aides in their program, based on the responses to a questionnaire they designed and mailed to 100 of these men and women. Models for Volunteer/Professional Partnerships are defined and illustrated with creative and innovative volunteer programs reviewed by Feinstein and Cavanaugh. These programs serve many different populations, including: alcoholics, the elderly, the mentally ill, the retarded, abusive parents, and the terminally ill.


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Will You Open the Door for Me?
The Reason The Patients
The Vehicle The Case Aides
The Backhone Supervision
New Dimensions Paraprofessional
Group Leaders
Bring on the Dancers The Fallout
The Place The Hospital
The Community Connection
What Ever Happened To ?
The New Volunteerism
Case Aide Handbook

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About the author (1976)

Barbara Feinstein is a graduate of Duke University and Boston University School of Social Work. She has worked in a variety of settings, including medical centers, mental hospitals, family agencies, and school systems. She has held faculty positions at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and Boston University School of Social Work. She is now the director of People to People Associates, a private social service agency in Newton, Massachusetts. 

Catherine Cavanaugh graduated from Hunter College of the City University of New York and received her professional social work education at Columbia University. She has worked in several family agencies and child guidance clinics in the New York City area. Now engaged in private clinical practice in Westchester and Putnam counties, New York, she specializes in the treatment of family problems and alcoholism.

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