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Rhoda Sarnat interview, 1998
Sarnat, Rhoda, 1915- , interviewee
Feldman, Frances Lomas, 1912-2008, interviewer
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Sarnat, Rhoda - Oral History Interview - CSWA ❧ Interviewed by Frances Feldman on October 20, 1998. An interview with Rhoda Sarnat as she discusses early life and family background
undergraduate studies at UCLA in psychology
interest in social work stimulated by Helen Gruenberg
graduate school in social work at University of Chicago
work with Jewish social Service Bureau of Chicago
work under supervision of Esther Shouer
marriage to Bernard Sarnat
move to St. Louis with husband
birth of first child and reduced work
relationship with housekeeper
return to California in 1955
private practice with The Psychological Service Center of Los Angeles
role as student advisor at USC School of Social Work, beginning in 1962
Director of Field Work at USC
relationship with Dean Malcolm Stinson and Josephine di Paolo, Director of Field Work
work as Director of Field Work
work with Senior Health and Peer Counseling, after retirement
work with Older Persons in a Caring Atmosphere
docent at LA Zoo
Rhoda Sarnat Prize of the Mental Health Section of the Institute of the National Academy of Sciences
Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat Endowment in USC School of Social Work
Rhoda Sarnat Lectureship at School
work with National Association of Social Workers
lectureship at Los Angeles Home for the Jewish Aged
contributions to student loan fund at the University of Chicago
financial contributions to the Hamovitch Research Center
establishment of Sarnat Center at Brandeis University for the Study of Anti-Jewishness
reflections on career in social work. ❧ Rhoda Sarnat (b. 1915). Social worker. Field Work Director, USC School of Social Work. Interviewed by Frances Lomas Feldman. Date of interview: 10-20-98. 1 cassette tape (1duplicate tape). Length of interview: 1 hour and 3 minutes (approximately). Transcript of interview: 23 pp. CD containing interview and transcript. ❧ ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: 1. Curriculum Vitae. 2. 1 diskette of transcript of interview. 3. Autobiographical essay. 4. Photocopies of 2 articles on social work by Rhoda Sarnat. 5. CSWA oral history interview forms. 6. Brochure for "Rhoda G. and Bernard G. Sarnat Symposium for Geriatric Care." 7. Program for Sarnat Lecture, University of Southern California, School of Social Work. 13 April 2000.
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Sarnat, Rhoda, 1915-
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