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News Items – April 28, 2011

Trabajadores sociales recibieron reconocimientos de parte de la NASW
La Voz Hispana
Con motivo de celebrarse el mes de los trabajadores sociales, la Asociación Nacional de Trabajadores Sociales (NASW), Capítulo de Connecticut y su “Latino Network,” presentaron un evento para reconocer a profesionales que desempeñan esta carrera que requiere una clara vocación de servicio por parte de quienes se desempeñan en cruciales labores de servicios humanos.

Hiker killed in fall touched numerous lives
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Ryan Suenaga, 44, of Kaneohe had a lot to say. That was evident through his work as a full-time social worker for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii and as a part-time educator for Parents Inc., which addresses parent neglect and child abuse.

Help Is Ready For Returning Heroes
KETV Omaha
KETV NewsWatch 7 talked to Donna Higgins, a Veterans Adminstration social worker, and one of a few dozen advocates ready to help. Higgins said all too often, some veterans don’t get assistance when they should. “For a year, they’ve been taught to, no matter what happens around them, you suck it up, you march it on, you do your mission,” explained Higgins.

Young athletes in training for Special Olympics
Training is an important component for any aspiring Olympian, which is why Kristin Erdei is putting her background as licensed clinical social worker and parent of a daughter with special needs to good use with the Young Athletes training program for Special Olympians and other educational activities for families.

The play’s the thing
Chapel Hill News
She’s a clinical social worker and associate professor in the UNC School of Social Work, at least by day. But no matter what you do with the rest of your time, if you write plays, you’re a playwright. And for someone who has only been at it for two years, Barrett has put together a pretty remarkable string of successes.

Governor Extols State Partnership with IU School of Social Work
IUPUI Newscenter
The Indiana University School of Social Work and the Indiana Department of Child Services have created an extraordinary partnership with incalculable benefits in the life and death mission of protecting the state’s most vulnerable children, Gov. Mitch Daniels said at the IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy ceremony on Tuesday.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Need Care, Too
U.S. News & World Report
But caregivers can take various steps to protect their health, says Rebecca Axline, a clinical social worker at the Nantz National Alzheimer Center in Houston. To keep stress in check, for instance, she emphasizes the need to find time and ways to reenergize, to keep meaningful things in your life and to remain social and participate in your favorite activities.

We need more social workers to help families
Las Vegas Sun
The writer is the executive director of the National Association of Social Workers, Nevada chapter. He also is a graduate school student in social work at UNLV.

Research redefines definition of poverty
University at Buffalo Reporter
By CHARLES ANZALONE A School of Social Work faculty member is helping redefine the country’s definition of being poor with research that shows the dramatic difference between achieving “basic economic security” and the federal government’s “poverty line.”

Students work with Fort Worth homeless population
TCU Daily Skiff
Erin Taylor, a senior social work major, works as an intern for Catholic Charities’ Street Outreach Services (SOS) team. “I didn’t really know a whole lot about the homeless population until I started working here,” Taylor said.

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