Charlotte Towle


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(1896–1966) Charlotte Towle was born and grew up in Butte, Montana. She graduated from Goucher College in Maryland in 1919 with a BA in education. After graduation she did volunteer work with the American Red Cross and worked for the Veterans Bureau in San Francisco and as a psychiatric caseworker in Tacoma, Washington. She attended the New York School of Social Work on a Commonwealth Fellowship and completed her degree in 1926. Following this, she served as director of the Home Finding Department of the Children's Aid Society in Philadelphia, where she was influenced by the “functional” approach to casework. From 1928 to 1932 she was a field work supervisor at the Institute for Child Guidance in New York. She joined the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago in 1932 and remained there until her retirement.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

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