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News Items – August 2, 2012

Rachel Minkove, student
Baltimore Sun
Rachel Tova Minkove, a University of Maryland School of Social Work student who wanted to assist young adults as they fought cancer, died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma complications July 29 at her Cheswolde home. She was 28. She was asked to speak this summer at the National Association of Social Work, serving on a panel where she would have discussed how her medical condition led her to social work. She was unable to do so, but a colleague delivered her words.

GSSWSR Professor Jim Martin Conducts Symposium at National Social Work
Bryn Mawr Now (blog)
Bryn Mawr College Professor of Social Work and Social Research Jim Martin, along with Associate Professor Nadine M. Bean and Professor Richard W. Voss from West Chester University, conducted a symposium at the recent National Association of Social of Social Work Conference held in Washington, D.C.

Social workers support Bill 461
According to executive director of the Guam Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Marlene Ongesii, Guam is the last jurisdiction to have a social work licensure and hopes the measure to unify the profession of social work not only on island but in the territory.

Enact it: Guam needs to require that all social workers are properly licensed
Pacific Daily News
Local social workers want the bill passed; they want the licensure requirement. In fact, the local chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, with the assistance of students in the University of Guam’s social work program, worked to craft the legislation with senators in the Guam Legislature.

UT School of Social Work receives largest donation ever
The Horn
In support of increasing the number of social workers in Central Texas, the St. David’s Foundation awarded about $2 million to the University of Texas School of Social Work. The donation, which is largest in the school’s history, was given in the form various grants that each serve particular purposes.

Gambling addiction plagues millions of Americans
Beartooth NBC
Licensed clinical social worker Robert Piccolo says gambling addiction can be just as powerful as a drug addiction. Piccolo states, “It’s just like other addictions. It can take over a person’s life without even being aware of it. You don’t even know what’s happening. The next thing you know you’re losing way too much money and you can’t quit and you’re chasing your losses.”

How one social worker has strengthened Chicago’s connections on a global level
Between the city’s unrealized Olympic bid in 2009 and its recent role as host of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit, the “City on the Make” has spent more time and money throwing its name into the international arena than we would probably care to admit.

Is Anxiety Overdiagnosed?
The Atlantic
And yet, when Fragile Families administered a standard diagnostic interview for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), it found that the psychological condition was extremely common among the poorest mothers represented in its sample. This piqued the interest of Judith Baer, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Social Work at Rutgers University. How was it, she asked, that the women having the most financial difficulty were the most likely to be diagnosed with GAD? She wondered: do these women truly have the disorder?


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