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News Items – May 30, 2014

lat-isla-vista-photos1-la0017777722-20140526Ron Avi Astor is a member:
Coverage of Elliot Rodger stirs debate after Isla Vista rampage
Los Angeles Times
Academics who study mass murder said the more coverage his screed gets, the more likely other troubled people might see acts of violence as a way to attract similar attention. “Knowing that people will talk about you afterward is a very important component for these mass murderers,” said Ron Avi Astor, a professor of social work and education at USC. “It’s how they’ll be remembered, and it seems to be an external way their life will have meaning.”

Gail Chang Bohr is a member:
The judicial legacy of Gail Chang Bohr
Asian American Press
The retirement of Second Judicial District Court Judge Gail Chang Bohr came at the end of March, and with it the tenure of the first Asian American judge to serve Ramsey County. Chang Bohr was elected to the open judicial seat on Nov. 4, 2008. The Saint Paul resident began her term on Jan. 5, 2009.… According to her official biography, Bohr was born and raised in Jamaica, as the ninth of 15 children to Chinese parents who were shopkeepers. She came to the United States to attend Wellesley College in Massachusetts on a full scholarship in 1962. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree from Simmons College School of Social Work and got her law degree after a 19-year career in clinical social work with children and families in 1991.

Summer Stanley is a member:
UNCP social work students take on child mental health
Laurinburg Exchange
While North Carolina is having great success in reducing its dropout rate in the public schools, children with behavioral and emotional disabilities are being left behind. Dr. Summer Stanley’s class at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke would do something about it. During the spring semester, the class worked to build a multi-faceted program to raise awareness of the problem. The course, School Social Work, turned into a service-learning laboratory for the students and the community.

Micah Taylor is a member:
Healthy Living: Meet Micah Taylor
The Clarion-Ledger
Micah Taylor, 35, of Jackson, is a social worker at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veteran Affairs Medical Center. With a master’s degree in social work and a passion for trauma work, she says she is “a believer that the number one epidemic in the world is untreated trauma.” Because she loves to stay busy, she is also assigned to the 172d Airlift Wing in Jackson with Air National Guard as a public affairs officer.

Carla Damron is the Executive Director of NASW-SC:
DSS report shows caseloads exceed director’s estimates and recommended maximums
The State
The National Association for Social Workers recommends the average number of cases per worker should be 12 to 15. Lexington County had six workers with 40 cases or more, including one staffer with 47 cases that totaled 96 children, as of May 18. “If you have a caseload of 47, that’s a disaster,” said Carla Damron, executive director for the South Carolina chapter of the social workers association.

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