Behavior: Therapists at the Bar

Cartoonists and moviemakers have long endowed bartenders with the insight of amateur psychiatrists. Now, according to a report just issued by the Milwaukee Mental Health Association, several bartenders have intentionally given up their amateur standing.

In Milwaukee, nine black inner-city bartenders have completed an experimental program designed to give them elementary counseling skills and teach them how to show emotionally sick barflies the way to psychiatric clinics. The course of study, sponsored by the Mental Health Association, included discussions with social workers plus field trips to a storefront mental-health clinic and a center for rehabilitating alcoholics. According to the report, the...

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