Discovering Clinical Sociology
The 1976 roundtable, entitled “Clinical Sociology: A New Profession?” which I organized at the American Sociological Association meetings, and which led to the founding of the Clinical Sociology Association (CSA) two years later, was the direct culmination of my interest in and involvement with humanistic psychology and sociology, educational innovation, and applied behavioral science. This followed four years of being the only sociologist on the faculty of the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. While coordinating a series of courses under the rubric of “Culture and Society” and teaching psychology graduate students how to do community and organizational consulting, I thought about the absurdity that we were not training sociologists to do the same. Why couldn’t sociology be both an academic discipline and a practicing profession analogous to the academic and clinical branches in psychology (Glass, 1979)?
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