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Social Worker’s Push to Help the Sick Featured in Documentary

Tina Staley. Photo courtesy of Duke University Health System.

Kudos to the Aspen Times in Colorado for this article on a documentary about social worker and National Association of Social Workers member Tina Staley.

After seeing the treatment her brother received for cancer, Staley started an organization in 2000 to provide more hands-on, caring services to people suffering from cancer and other conditions. She later teamed up with marriage and family counselor Kristin MacDermott and changed the organization’s name to Pathfinder.

Ted Bogosian, a documentary filmmaker who has done work for PBS and HBO, filmed Staley’s story. “What Love Is: Pathfinders,” premiered in Aspen on Feb. 12 and Bogosian hopes it will eventually be shown at film festivals and on television.

“This film is about social change,” Staley said. “It’s about changing the way we look at health care in America, to a more human and caring way. Because we’re in an epidemic.”

To learn more about how social workers such as Staley help people cope with illness, visit the NASW’s “Help Starts Here” Health & Wellness Web page by clicking here.

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