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News Items – August 25, 2011

WMU social work instructor pens new guide book for girls
WMU News
Patti Kelly Criswell, a clinical social worker for more than 20 years, is the author of “A Smart Girl’s Guide to Knowing What to Say.” The latest addition to the Smart Girl’s Guide series, it helps girls learn smart words to choose when stressed, shy, sad or facing other awkward moments.

Break-Up Boot Camp
Huffington Post
Getting through a break up can be incredibly difficult. It is one of the most common reasons that people decide to seek therapy.

Push to expand definition of child abuse
Newsworks.org
Jenna Mehnert leads the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She says the issue is complicated because social workers are concerned both with the safety of children and about helping adults manage substance abuse problems.

Paula Wilson appointed President and CEO of JCR and JCI
Joint Commission Online
The Joint Commission today announced the appointment of Paula Wilson as president and chief executive officer of Joint Commission Resources (JCR) and Joint Commission International (JCI). Through international accreditation, consultation, publications and education programs, JCI extends The Joint Commission’s mission worldwide by helping to improve the quality of patient care.

Hospice of Wake County collects baby monitors to help patients, caregivers
Garner News
“As patients decline they are not as able to project their voices. Baby monitors are an effective tool for reducing falls, as they allow caregivers to hear their loved one if they have stepped into another room. The ability for caregivers to take a personal moment, knowing they will be able to hear their loved one, can help to reduce caregivers’ overall stress level,” notes Meredith Barrett, MSW, LCSW, program facilitator.

Native Navigators Program Takes Cultural Approach to Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Indian Country Today
Negotiating the maze of modern cancer diagnosis and treatment is daunting to say the least, so it’s fortunate that some patients¬† have a Native-oriented program to pave the way. Native Navigator (Navigator) programs in Oklahoma and Colorado educate people about preventing illness, but if there’s a diagnosis of cancer they take patients through the stages of treatment and sometimes connect them with additional support systems.

Hunger at Home: Since Recession 20 Million More Americans on Food Stamps
ABC News
By DAVID MUIR (@DavidMuirABC) A social worker with the Cooperative Feeding Program displays a Federal food stamps card that is used to purchase food.

Veterans’ strengths are often overlooked
Shore News Today
As a social worker working with veterans at the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County Veterans Network, it is easy to become mired in the negativity surrounding these issues. We have to remember that veterans, more so than most, understand the importance of leadership.

Once Ridiculed, Male Bisexuals Are for Real
ABC News
“Basically, we want to respect how people define their own sexual orientation,” said Denise Penn, a clinical social worker who is on the institute’s board of directors. “What you hear is this: Bisexuality is a phase for some people that they may adopt temporarily,” she said. “Basically this study makes the criteria for defining yourself as a bisexual as more of a permanent thing.”

McCarthy’s police career ends, but he’s hardly ‘retired’
NorthJersey.com
McCarthy plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work, which will include over 20 hours a week as part of an internship at the Bergen Regional Medical Center, helping adolescents recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

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