Dorothea C. Spellman


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(1907–1979) A distinguished social work educator and practitioner, Dorothea C. Spellman made her primary contributions in group work and as an advocate for a unified profession during the years before the formation of the National Association of Social Workers. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Spellman received a BA in 1928 from Washington University. After teaching for a year, she entered the School of Applied Social Sciences of Western Reserve University to study group work and subsequently worked for Young Women's Christian Associations (YWCAs) in Cleveland and Honolulu and at the Brashear Settlement in Pittsburgh. In 1944 she joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, heading the group work specialization until 1977.


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