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News Items – August 11, 2011

A caring constitution
Public Service
As early as 1949 Cicely Saunders, a nurse and social worker in London, was thinking about new ways to care for dying patients and had started to plan her house for the dying. However, it took until 1967 (whilst she studied medicine in the meantime) before the St Christopher’s Hospice in the south of London opened its doors. From this first modern hospice, palliative care was adopted in many other countries, both in Europe and worldwide.

Shorter professor given Adult and Professional Programs Teacher of the Year award
Rome News Tribune
Grear, an adjunct professor for Shorter for more than seven years, has 18 years of professional experience as a licensed clinical social worker working in different settings of the human service and counseling fields. “It is indeed an honor to receive the Teacher of the Year Award from Shorter University, Grear said.

Fiction review: A hardscrabble life
Minneapolis Star Tribune
In Wisconsin-bred writer Debra Monroe’s third novel, “Shambles” (Engine Books, 217 pages, $14.95), single mother and social worker Delia Arco’s chaotic existence is a strong argument that the “self-actualization” goal of Maslow’s famous hierarchy of needs might just be a fairy tale of the leisure classes.

Camp Sequoia to help children with social cognitive difficulties learn how to
Philadelphia Inquirer
Wexelblatt, 39, of Narberth, holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Temple University and a master’s degree in clinical social work from Bryn Mawr College’s School of Social Work. A single father of a boy with learning issues, Wexelblatt worked in the past at Hilltop Prep School in Rosemont as director of the school’s summer day camp for special children.

Tootie’s in a movie! Kim Fields joins ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’
Entertainment Weekly
Kim Fields, TV’s Tootie, will play a social worker who helps out a couple with an adoption. The Facts of Life and Living Single star has never acted in a movie, but she’s kept busy directing dozens of episodes of Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and House of Payne.

Reviving Detroit: A Young Man With A Plan
Detroit is losing population, and residents have left in droves. But some young people see the city as a blank canvas, where they can help realize an urban dream. Among them is Charlie Cavell, a college student, founder of a nonprofit organization, charter school board member, and all-around Detroit enthusiast.

10 Years and a Diagnosis Later, 9/11 Demons Haunt Thousands
The New York Times
Amy Cushing-Savvi, a social worker at Mount Sinai Medical Center, which runs the largest program, said a frequent topic at staff meetings was, “What’s 9/11 and what isn’t?” — in other words, the exquisitely vexing question of how to separate the effects of 9/11 from the traumas of everyday life.

Anxiety levels vary as residents digest financial news
South Coast Today
Jeffrey Schwartz, a licensed independent clinical social worker in New Bedford, said economic uncertainty is also taking a toll on children. Anxiety among kids has “gotten far more severe since the economy’s been down,” Schwartz said, as they pick up on stressors such as their parents getting into fights about money.

Who Needs a Vacation? Family Caregivers!
Huffington Post
Maria L. Hood, LCSW, ACSW, Director of Discharge Planning at White Plains Hospital Center where VNSNY is a preferred provider of home care services, says this kind of “staycation” is a lifeline for caregivers.

Back-to-school anxiety
The Cherry Hill Sun
Anne Blair, a clinical social worker from Voorhees, said preparation is key to any successful transition. “The parents must ensure that they allow their child enough time to fully understand the transition that will take place, and how that transition may look for them,” Blair said.

Office Stress Expert: Nevada Social Workers Risking Burnout
Powell will talk about the issue at a National Association of Social Workers conference later this month. More information about the conference is online at

Arlington teams up to aid hoarders
Boston Globe
New research suggests hoarding and acquiring disorders are even more prevalent than Alzheimer’s disease, said Rebecca Wolfe, the Arlington Police Department’s mental health social worker and its liaison with residents receiving help through the town’s hoarding response team.

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