Eileen Blackey


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(1902–1979) Eileen Blackey made a significant contribution to the field of social work as a practitioner, an educator, an administrator, and a consultant. Born of Irish parents in Blackpool, England, as the family was on its way to the United States, Blackey grew up in the Midwest and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1925. In 1930 she returned to school and received a master's degree from the Smith College School for Social Work. After the war Blackey entered the doctoral program at Case Western Reserve University. Her dissertation, “Group Leadership in Staff Training,” was published by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and is considered a classic.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Social Work.