Helen Northen

Professor, USC School of Social Work.

Interviewed by John Milner. Date of interview: 6-10-87. 1 cassette tape (no duplicate tape, although notation on envelope states one exists). Length of interview: 33 minutes. Transcript of interview: 13 pp. CD containing interview and transcript.

Interview Topics

Entrance into social work; education: group work and case work at U. of Pittsburgh; field instructor at U. of Pittsburgh; Ph.D. at Bryn Mawr; position at University of Hawaii School of Social Work; position at USC in School of Social Work; teaching generic practice at USC; Metropolitan State Hospital Project, Los Angeles NIMH project; leadership in local and national programs, eg, Campfire girls; major changes in social work practice; agency vs. private practice; publications; chair of national conference held in LA in 1967; personal philosophy of social work; future plans.

Additional Materials

  • California Social Work Hall of Distinction Biography
  • 1 videotape: "Helen Northen, Oral History."
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • 2 3.5 x 4 in. photographs of two unidentified women (Helen Northen?).
  • 2 programs for "Phi Kappa Phi Annual Faculty Recognition Awards and Exhibition" (3-26-82).
  • Handwritten outline of interview topics, by John Milner.

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