Oral Interview of Darrell A. Burkland

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Darrell A. Burkland


Margaret Reed



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Darrell Burkland describes the historic changes and developments of social work: the hiring practices, educational requirements and programs, change of attitude by the community towards mental illness and alcoholism, and the growing importance of legislation regarding social work.


Darrell Burkland was born and raised near Grand Forks, ND. While attending Grand Forks Central High School, he developed a strong interest in chemistry. Darrell enrolled at UND as a chemistry major but in his junior year took a social work course. After that one course he changed his major and received his B.A. in Social Work in 1959. After graduation. Darrell worked at the Svee Children’s Home as a counselor. In 1963 he received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Nebraska and returned to the Svee Home as the Director. In 1966 he went to work at the VA Hospital as an outpatient social worker in the psychiatric area. While at the VA, Darrell developed the hospital’s first alcohol treatment program. He then joined their staff as Director of Social Services.

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Kenneth J. Dawes, Ernest J. Norman, M. Edwin Nuetzman, Nancy Linch, Joseph A. Belgum, Milton Austin Durkee, Nellie J. Svee, Albert C. Kohlmeyer, Eric Noble, Mr. Peterson, Mrs. Peterson, Arthur Weswig Johnson, Walburg, Clara Sweetland, Arvida Norum, Donald Freeze, John Fulton, Eileen Tiedeman, Winnifred F. Stockman, Ethel Bernice Olson, R.J. McMullen, Kenneth M. Grace, Harlan Magnuson, John Anthony Rex, Burt Riskedahl, JoAnn Yocum, Dr. Spurbeck, Byron Jackson, George Wright, Wayne Allard, Chuck Suda, Ronal N. Parson, Ronald Reagan, Sara D. McCormick


Farmers, Delivery of goods, Counselors, Social workers, Social work administration, Alcoholism--Treatment


United States. Veterans Administration, Svee Children’s Home, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Central High School (Grand Forks, N.D.), 4-H clubs, Luther League of America, St. John's Orphanage and Free School, Children’s Village, Nebraska Psychiatric Institute, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, Villa Nazareth, Home on the Range, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Jamestown State Hospital, University of North Dakota. School of Medicine, Alcoholics Anonymous, Cass County Children's Center, Fergus Falls State Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.), Fargo Clinic, TNI Clinic, Fargo Country Club, National Association of Social Workers, Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, United Way, North Dakota--Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota State University


North Dakota--Grand Forks, North Dakota—Fargo, North Dakota--Devils Lake, North Dakota—Mandan, North Dakota—Minot, North Dakota--Sentinel Butte, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Minnesota--Saint Cloud, South Dakota--Fort Meade, Wyoming—Sheridan, Washington (D.C.), North Dakota--Cass County, Washington (State)—Seattle, Minnesota--Fergus Falls, Minnesota—Moorhead


Social service, Alcoholism—Treatment, Social work education

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S2731 2729

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Oral Interview of Darrell A. Burkland