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News Items – March 18, 2011

Who should investigate child abuse allegations?
But Bill Meezan, director of policy and research for New York-based advocacy group Children’s Rights, says law enforcement’s presence can sometimes hinder an investigation as it immediately increases the tension in a situation where parents are already defensive.

How March Madness Can Lead to Problems for Some Gamblers
WBEN 930
March Madness is one of the biggest sporting events for gamblers, and clinical social worker Matthew Jost, who specializes in gambling addictions, says the issue is “the brackets give people all sorts of opportunities to gamble.

New Social Work Caucus Tackles Social Safety Net Issues in Congress
PR Newswire (press release)
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, US Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns (NY-10), with the support of other professional Social Workers in Congress and national organization leaders, launched a Congressional Social Work Caucus, and reintroduced the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (SWRA).

Anxious parents keep a tight grip
Kansas City Star
“I think most parents really want to do the right thing,” said Leslie King, a licensed clinical social worker and counselor at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, Calif. “But when they hear all the opportunities other parents may be giving their children, their own hearts get lost, even parents who have that feeling that enough is enough.”

New Social Work Caucus Tackles Social Safety Net Issues in Congress
Sacramento Bee
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for social workers is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations. However, educational debt, workplace safety, and comparatively low salaries threaten the profession’s ability to meet increasing demands for social work services in a range of settings: hospitals, schools, prisons, private practices, private and public agencies, and the military. 

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