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News Items – December 3, 2013

Social workers target mental health with NATO group
Health Canal
A growing body of research suggests that targeted mental health training lessens the likelihood of later showing symptoms of post-traumatic stress and depression or of sleep and substance problems for active duty service members and veterans. Since 2011, a NATO research task group comprising social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and military trainers from 10 countries has been probing this area.

The Untold Story of Military Sexual Assault
The New York Times
The lasting scars it leaves are psychic. I suffered from depression; my personal relationships were troubled and always failed. I made several suicide attempts; finally, after my last, I wound up in front of a seasoned social worker at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Northport, N.Y.

Professor wins big, gains UH support
The Daily Cougar
Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Graduate College of Social Work professor discussed her new memoir Wednesday evening at the Brazos Bookstore, where she gave listeners a candid look into her life and the path she took from humble beginnings to worldwide prominence.

CPS fiasco: Punish those in error, not all social workers
The horrifying news that more than 6,000 reports of child abuse and neglect were deliberately not investigated is shocking and unbelievable. The National Association of Social Workers — Arizona Chapter condemns these actions and urges immediate accountability for those responsible, especially those who approved this illegal action.

Military deployments tied to teens’ depression
Chicago Tribune
The study is one of very few that compare students from military families to their non-military peers, said Julie Cederbaum, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who led the study. “One of the goals of our research was to highlight kids’ experiences, which have been unintentionally ignored in the past,” Cederbaum told Reuters Health.

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