Credentialing and Licensing: Community Programs in Crisis?

  • William Colon


The sixties were an era of social clamor and change. During that period of unrest, our government chose to invest in new and revolutionary concepts of social, cultural, economic, and educational interventions. To fulfill the new federal objectives in this area, the government saw the need to utilize community people as a sensible resource to fill the vacuum of talent in areas of social service that had not been offered prior to that period. The inception of many community projects managed, by and large, by community people, can be traced to this era. It was apparent, even at those early stages, that there was feeling among the professional elite which was critical, cynical, and to some extent resentful. It reflected a belief that community people were not capable of managing their own social affairs, that they were not properly trained to fulfill many of the social objectives formulated during those hectic years, and that there was a great question about their commitment and ability in these new areas of community service. Partly because there were very few professionals trained to fill the demands of these new programs, and partly because there did not appear to be any evidence that long term career objectives could be fulfilled by commitment to these programs, professionals did not play a significant role in the formation and operation of the countless programs that surfaced during that period.


Drug Abuse Treatment Drug Treatment Program Community People Community Service Person Social Venture 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • William Colon
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  1. 1.Crossroads, Inc.USA

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