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News Items – August 18, 2011

Is Spanking a Black and White Issue?
The New York Times
Daphne S. Cain is the interim dean of social work and the director of the master of social work program at Louisiana State University. Her research interests include parenting practices and parenting interventions with high-risk and vulnerable families.

Lambda Legal represents child welfare groups in Catholic Charities
Windy City Times
Today Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of several child welfare organizations including the Evan B. Donaldson Institute, the National Association of Social Workers and its Illinois chapter in a case brought by four Dioceses of Catholic Charities against the state of Illinois.

For Cancer Patients, Help Navigating the Maze
Wall Street Journal (blog)
At Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, where four nurses and a social worker comprise the navigation team, Dava Gerard, a breast surgeon and administrator in the cancer program says patient navigation services need to reflect the needs and  concerns of the community, which can vary greatly.

Theodoric James deserved persistent help from the government
Washington Post
A social worker familiar with the agency said that they are financially strapped and stretched thin. “They are under enormous pressure to close cases,” the social worker said. That’s the case at social service agencies across the country.

The Riots, The PM’s Speech: A Wake-Up Call for Social Work
Huffington Post (blog)
Social work has developed, importantly, its commitment to people made vulnerable, marginalised and disenfranchised by social, political and economic circumstances. However, it has constructed an edifice of anti-oppressive practice sometimes decorated with the inanities of political correctness that hampers its position to mediate and negotiate a pathway that re-engages individuals with their society.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs distributes $1M in grants to improve Hawaiians
The Republic
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced Monday it is giving the money to the University of Hawaii’s school of social work and three nonprofit groups. OHA says the funding will support programs designed to instill in students an interest in social justice, showcase Hawaiian values, cultivate crops important to Hawaiian culture and strengthen Hawaiian civic clubs.

More Social Workers Needed in Nevada
KRNV News 4 Reno
The number of Nevadans demanding help from social workers is increasing. However, the state does not have enough of them to go around.

Improv For Alzheimer’s: ‘A Sense Of Accomplishment’
“Improv is all about being in the moment, which for someone with memory loss, that is a very safe place,” says Mary O’Hara, a social worker at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Bullying: Help your child take control; know signs, resolutions
Leesville Daily Leader
Charlotte Butler, a licensed clinical social worker specializing in child and adolescent psychology services with Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital Department of Behavioral Health, defines bullying in three parts: Physical aggression, verbal abuse and exclusion.

Outcry for law to help protect social workers and clients
Boston Globe
RE “IN fining mental-health provider, OSHA sends a strong message” (Editorial, Aug. 12): The National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts chapter, has considered safety for social workers and human service providers a critical priority for several years.

Slain social worker’s mom rallies for ‘Stephanie’s Law’
The Salem News
The Peabody mother wants justice for her daughter, Stephanie Moulton, a 25-year-old social worker who was beaten, stabbed and dumped in a church parking lot. And she wants to change a state mental health system that she believes put her child in peril.

WASHTENAW COUNTY: Twenty-year-old Charlie Cavell is vice president of Loving Elementary Charter School Board in Detroit, founder of nonprofit
Heritage Newspapers
As a student studying social work at Wayne State University, Cavell has taken the trials in his life, including the death of his mother, Mary Sandra Swiderski, when he was 2 years old, and turned them into a mission to improve the quality of education and life for children and adults in the city of Detroit.

Woman applies PTSD-like therapy to abused dog
Wink News
His new life now revolves around Teresa Pavish-Paradiso, a licensed clinical social worker who, besides participating in a network that rescues abused animals, works in Walla Walla with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

During her career as a social worker, Tania Frelone has helped hundreds of troubled youth. She is now educating professor at the First Nations University, helping to educate a new generation of social workers.

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