Mary Cromwell Jarrett


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(1876–1961) Mary Cromwell Jarrett delineated the specialty of psychiatric social work in mental hospitals. After graduating from Goucher College in 1900, she worked for the Boston Children's Aid Society. In 1913 Jarrett organized and headed the social services department of the Boston Psychopathic Hospital, and in 1918 she developed an eight-week course to help prepare social workers to meet the emergency psychiatric needs of patients. The Smith College School for Social Work was an outgrowth of this training course, and Jarrett was associate director there for five years. In 1923 she founded the Psychiatric Social Workers’ Club (later the American Association of Psychiatric Social Workers).


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Social Work.

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