Wilber I. Newstetter


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(1896–1972) Wilber I. Newstetter encouraged the development of specialized training for social workers in youth and group leadership. Born in Massillon, Ohio, he served in World War I and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1919. Newstetter later received a master's degree in sociology from Western Reserve University. His career began with a position as head worker at the Woodland Center and directorship of Harkness Camp in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1926 he helped develop a two-year group work program at the School of Applied Social Sciences at Western Reserve University. During the 1930s, Newstetter established Cleveland's University Settlement—the first university-operated social work training center—which served families and youths and provided neighborhood outreach services. His recommendations helped establish a school of social work at the University of Pittsburgh, and he served as its first dean in 1938.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

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