Closed Ranks in microcosm: Pitfalls of a training experience in community consultation

Gilbert Berken, Carl Eisdorfer

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The process involved in the rejection of an individual or an entire mental health team from a community is a matter of importance to mental health professionals. The authors attempt to compare the experiences of a resident taking an elective in community consultation and the process of failure related by the Cummingses in Closed Ranks. The usefulness of clinical "post-mortem" sessions by colleagues within the program is emphasized as a means of analyzing a potential crisis and provides an opportunity to assess prevailing community attitudes. Selected operational hypotheses are presented to assist in preventing program failures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-109
Number of pages9
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1970


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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