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News Items – February 28, 2014

The role of the social worker on the transplant team
Nephrology News
Qualified social workers with Master of Social Work degrees are required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to be part of the transplant center’s multidisciplinary team. Social workers complete comprehensive psychosocial evaluations for all patients referred for transplant or live organ donation to determine if they meet psychosocial selection criteria.

Senate committee advances communication regulations for counselors, social workers
Idaho Reporter
The Idaho Senate Health and Welfare Committee has unanimously approved by voice vote two measures that will expand communication-related regulations placed upon mental health counselors and social workers. “Our board is working with other mental health boards to deal with this communication technology,” noted Roger Hales, an attorney who works with the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses (IBOL).

Facebook, other websites transforming into new grieving and recovery ground for families
Deseret News
Kathie Supiano, clinical social worker and program director of Caring Connections, a bereavement counseling program, said there are many opportunities with technologies that can be positive for those who need support. She said online support groups — like Facebook, Skype, Adobe Connect, blogs and other forms of social media — give users a sense of anonymity that make participants feel more comfortable. She said it can connect those who need support from any location during any time of day, particularly in the middle of the night.

MU panel focuses on women
The Herald-Dispatch
“As a community, we hear a lot about the drug problem,” said Kim White, a social worker with the Marshall University Counseling Center and member of the Women’s Studies Advisory Board. “It can be overwhelming at times and seem like a hopeless situation.”

Candidate Baker Touts Social Work’s Role in Health Care at GSSW Forum
The Boston College Chronicle
An audience of nearly 300, most of them social work professionals and academics, filled the Corcoran Commons Heights Room for the event, which also featured a panel discussion moderated by National Association of Social Workers CEO Angelo McClain PhD ’01, former commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

[Video] Parents of NICU babies can suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Fox59, Indianapolis
“Mothers often feel a lot of different emotional things when the baby comes into the NICU, one thing is they feel afraid and they do feel guilt,” said Hiedi Linder, a clinical social worker in the NICU at St. Vincent Women’s Health in Indianapolis. Those emotions can turn into anxiety and depression months or even years after the child comes home from the hospital.

March is Social Work Appreciation Month
The Sylva Herald
Who would you call if you had concerns about a toddler next door being mistreated or sometimes left unsupervised for hours at a time?

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