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News Items – January 20, 2015

betsy baierElizabeth Baier is a member:
Local hospice offers quality end-of-life care
Moab Sun News
Betsy Baier is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with Grand County Hospice for about one year. She came to her current job with decades of experience working around issues of grief and bereavement, both in hospice programs and also in hospitals and long-term care facilities. In addition to her extensive professional background, Baier has relevant personal experience, too: Her father was in hospice care, like the kind that Grand County Hospice offers. Baier put it this way: “Hospice care allows people to die with support, with compassion, and comfort. All of the needs are being attended to, of both patient and family. Peace and comfort are of the utmost importance.”

From tension and hostility to an era of more interracial peace
The Boston Globe
By and large, these black advocates in the decades since the racial polarization following school desegregation in 1974 did not merely engage in interest group politics. They worked to bring the left-out into our shared commonwealth and thereby transform Boston into a more equitable, inclusive, and just city. To express their larger purpose, they used different phrases; not all made it into the book’s tight “life sketches.” Hubie Jones tapped the language of his profession as a former dean of the BU School of Social Work, calling the goal “a wholesome society.”

Clare Friedlander is a member:
Giving Back – The price of freedom
Ukiah Daily Journal (CA)
Visiting the San Francisco VA Hospital at Fort Miley, as I have done, can be a profound experience. When looking at the faces of the men and women who have served, I often wonder what stories each of them could tell. The floor mat at the entrance says it all: “The Price of Freedom is Visible Here.” With that in mind, I was interested in talking to Clare Friedlander, a licensed clinical social worker at the Ukiah VA Clinic, about a report she sent to our office that describes how a Community Foundation mini-grant allowed a non-profit arts program to provide art therapy for veterans in Ukiah who are suffering from PTSD and other conditions.

Virginia Adolph is a member and president of the MS chapter:
State social work leader stresses ethics
The Meridian Star (MS)
Nearly 75 practitioners and students from around the region are better informed about ethical practices and standards of conduct in the field of social work following a Friday lunch-and-learn at Mississippi State University-Meridian. Coming from throughout East Mississippi and West Alabama, they attended a presentation by Virginia Adolph, state president of the Mississippi Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Sponsored by the local Deaconess Home Health agency, the program took place at the university’s College Park Campus. In her remarks, Adolph reviewed the NASW Code of Ethics and entertained suggestions from participants on how to implement ethical decision-making practices in the field.

Andrew Lapides is a member:
Morris therapists go mobile as seniors age in place
Daily Record (Morristown, NJ)
Andy Lapides, a Morristown-based licensed clinical social worker, has been seeing senior citizen clients in their homes and at his office, The Morris Guild of Psychotherapy, for a number of years. He is acutely aware of older generations’ view of psychotherapy. “Let’s face it, psychology is a newer science. The older adults of today are just beginning to open up to it,” Lapides said. “The older adults that I worked with when I started in this career thought of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as people who took them away and put them into mental hospitals. They didn’t associate the profession with ways of getting healthy. But, as the boomers approach their elderly years,” he added, “there’s going to be a major shift.”



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