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News Items – August 1, 2011

Indonesian Woman Wins ‘Asia’s Nobel Prize’ for Helping Poor
Jakarta Globe
Indonesian social worker Tri Mumpuni, is among the winners of Asia’s prestigious Magsaysay award this year for giving green technologies to the poor.

Social workers: Community should have done more to save toddler
by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36 GASTON COUNTY, NC — Social workers said Wednesday that the community should have done more to save a 2-year-old girl who died in Bessemer City last week. The toddler’s mother and her boyfriend were in court Wednesday, charged with involuntary manslaughter after police said they let the toddlers’ broken leg and infection go untreated.

Learn how to get your anger under control
Daily Comet
Keith Weisheit, 43, of Houma, a licensed clinical social worker, said anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion, but when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems at work, in your personal relationships and in the overall quality of your life.

Elder Abuse: The (Almost) Invisible Crime
The Crime Report
Part of the reason for the small clientele is that the program attempts to comply with National Association of Social Workers caseload standards, which require that each worker be assigned only the number of cases that allow a high quality of service for each client.

In Tough Times, Philadelphia Bucks The Trend
As Nutter is quick to point out, the city’s problems would be worse right now if leaders hadn’t raised taxes to maintain services. “We did not lay off one sanitation worker, not one police officer, not one firefighter or social worker or health department worker,” says Nutter. He adds that the city did save some money by not replacing about 1,600 workers who left their jobs.

Tips to help new parents beat stress, stop abuse
Great Falls Tribune
The licensed clinical social worker has been a new parent, struggling to balance the joys of parenting with the new-found responsibilities. “I went to counseling after having both my kids, and that was the best thing I ever did,” she said.

Most avoid discussing a ‘good death’
Professor Deborah P. Waldrop of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work says, when asked, the majority of people say they want to die at home surrounded by their family. However, 60 percent of chronically ill people die in hospitals and 20 percent die in nursing homes, so these wishes are often unfulfilled, Waldrop says.

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