From the Philadelphia Record Photograph Morgue [V07].
Allen moved to Philadelphia in 1925, when he was hired as the director of the city’s newly founded Child Guidance Clinic. Allen was instrumental in “salvaging” thousands of “maladjusted” children during his twenty-five years as director and a practicing psychiatrist at the clinic. Treatment was believed to have rescued many of these children from likely juvenile delinquency or mental illness. Allen was a pioneer in holistic child therapy, combining psychiatric treatment with psychiatric social work. He worked closely with the child and parents (in some cases, foster or adoptive parents) to guide the child to a “happy, normal life.”