LAURA EPSTEIN: An Oral History


  • Carol Coohey


Epstein started work at the School of Social Service Administration (SSA, University of Chicago) in the sixties as a faculty field instructor In 1970 two major changes occurred. She became an assistant professor tenure track, and she and William Reid began the Task Centered Casework Project, a combined methods, fieldwork, research sequence that continued for over a decade, and resulted in two books with Reid (Task Centered Casework and Task Centered Practice), numerous articles and research reports, and hundreds of presentations in the USA and other countries. By 1980 Epstein was a full professor and had written her own book on the task centered practice, called Helping People. Since the first edition it had gone through three major revisions, and is now a book about brief treatment in general, Task Centered Model. For two years during the 1980's Epstein taught at Wilfred Laurier University. Returning to Chicago, Epstein began to work in new directions. The therapeutic idea and a Foucaultian analysis of the history of social work are two major themes of her present work which she continues as a Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago. (L.B). [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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Coohey, C. (2014). LAURA EPSTEIN: An Oral History. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 2(3), 57–72. Retrieved from



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