Barbara J. Friesen

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

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1 online resource (133 p.)


Columbia Assistance Program for Employees, Industrial psychiatry




In the attempt to explore the world of work as an arena for mental health services, this report can be considered as having two major goals. The first is to provide a review and discussion of many of the issues that impact on and are part of the industrial social work field. The meaning of work will be discussed, from both an historical and psychological point of view. Aspects of the community mental health ideology will be presented, especially in relation to the world of work. A brief review of various types of mental health programming will be discussed, as well as some of the issues pertinent to evaluation of employee programs.

The second major goal is the presentation of an evaluation study of the Columbia Assistance Program for Employees. The newness of this program, along with the meager existence of evaluation studies of employee programs, resulted in obstacles to evaluation design and data analysis. However, as an exploratory and descriptive study, this report is an effort to assess a program that represents an innovative interface between mental health professionals and working people.


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