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News Items – September 15, 2011

Sapphire Used Social Worker Case Studies to Write New Book
Social Workers Speak!
Sapphire (Ramona Lofton), 59, was born in California to a military family. According to Wikipedia, Sapphire’s mother “kind of abandoned the family.” Sapphire dropped out of high school but eventually made her way to New York City where she got a master’s degree and worked as an exotic dancer and reading and writing teacher before launching a writing career. Social Workers Speak! asked Sapphire about the portrayal of social workers in “Precious.”

The Knock at the Door
New York Magazine
The last thing child-welfare supervisor Chereece Bell wanted to see was what happened to 4-year-old Marchella Pierce. The last thing she expected was to go to jail for it.

Outside attorneys cost state millions in 5 years
“I am concerned,” said Kelli Soyer, executive director of the Iowa chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. “They continue to say we don’t have money for essential services for families in need, but we have money for outside legal fees?”

Health Notes: 5 Alzheimer’s behaviors — and how to cope with them
Daily Press (blog)
By Prue Salasky Nataly Rubinstein, a licensed clinical social worker and geriatric care manager, has over 25 years experience with Alzheimer’s patients, including with her own mother. She has written a book, “Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias.

Chandler teen suicides bring increased vigilance
Arizona Republic
Students who are hurting often drop hints while in high-school guidance counselors’ offices or in essays for their English classes, said Dia Mundle, a social worker at Hamilton High School and the only social worker in the Chandler Unified School District.

Vt. governor picks panel for single-payer health plan
Anya Rader Wallack of Calais will be chairwoman of the five-member board. Wallack has served as Shumlin’s special assistant for health care reform since shortly after he took office January. “In putting together this team, I looked for five really smart people who are fully committed to the goal of controlling health care costs, achieving universal coverage, and who can work as a team,” Shumlin said.

Adjusting your child to the new school year
Tabitha Olzinski is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in child development. She’s also a mom of two. She said it can be tough to tell sometimes how our kids are doing when they’re at school. We don’t get to see their social interaction or how they’re doing following directions or even getting their work done.

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