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News Items – February 11, 2014

Draft proposal would professionalize child abuse investigators
The Florida Current
Pamela W. Graham, director of the FSU Bachelor of Social Work & Professional Development programs, told the panel that it is critical to have an educated team in the field trained to recognize dysfunction and able to assess whether a child is in danger. She compared a caseworker visiting a family to an injured person showing up at a hospital emergency room. “It’s a traumatic situation and (you have to ask) do I want a RN to be there or do I want someone with a related degree in biology or chemistry?”

Why This Social Worker Is Fighting for Women and Girls
Women with prostitution or sex trafficking backgrounds can successfully reintegrate back into society, and in the course of their recovery, social workers play a vital role. Tricia Collins is one of them. “The way we perceive prostitution, the way we perceive the women themselves who are involved in prostitution, is backwards,” she says. “They’re nothing like people think that they are.”

Our Veterans Have Served Us Well, Are We Serving Them?
American Society on Aging
In working with clients who are veterans or spouses, healthcare professionals need a basic understanding of veteran benefits to adequately assist and advocate for this population. The National Association of Social Workers has responded to the needs of the veteran population by creating training programs and credentials for social workers who work with veterans and their families.

Hunsberger: Respect is the vital key to a relationship
The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, NC)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Hilary Hunsberger says there is one factor that is necessary for any successful relationship — respect. Respect is vital to any kind of relationship, according to Hunsberger, who provides individual counseling to children, adolescents and adults, couples and family counseling and play therapy at the Albemarle Counseling Group.

Forum at Widener looks at suicide among LGBT youth
Delaware County Daily Times
A group of guidance counselors, social workers and educators gathered at Widener University Friday morning for a workshop about suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual youth. Hosted by Widener’s Center for Social Work Education, the workshop was led by Dr. Brent A. Satterly, a professor of human sexuality and social work at Widener. He urged the gathered professionals to be open and available to troubled teens, especially LGBT teens, because often just one person who cares is enough to save a life.

MI Social Workers Bridging the Gap Between Veterans and Civilians
Public News Service
According to 1st Lt. Stephanie Boltrick with the National Association of Social Workers in Michigan, while many returning veterans do face mental health issues, others just need some guidance and encouragement to help them adjust.

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