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News Items – July 13, 2012

Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Tuesday 10 July
The Guardian
The role of new technology in social work training and practice was discussed in one of this afternoon’s sessions. More laptops and iPads seemed to be in use in this session than any of the others I’ve been to so far at the conference, and several speakers signed off by sharing their Twitter handles.

Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Wednesday 11 July
The Guardian (blog)
Our third day of coverage from the global social work conference in Stockholm.

Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Thursday 12 July
The Guardian (blog)
Coverage of the final day of the global social work conference in Stockholm.

One more ride… A sentimental journey
Montevideo American-News
Rice Hospice provides a team approach to provide services for their patients.  “Our goal is to help patients set goals and coordinate those goals with all the caregivers whether the patient is at home, assisted living, in a nursing home or a hospital.  Good communication is so important for everyone to make sure we’re all on the same page to focus on meeting the patient’s goals,” shared Prekker.

How to divorce proof your marriage
Becoming a parent can really test your bond as a couple. Sure, your baby needs your constant love and attention, but caring for your marriage is just as important as caring for your baby. “We tend to focus more on our children than our marriage, which is a formula for disaster,” according to Michele Weiner-Davis, author of and The Sex-Starved Marriage, who said the best thing you can do for your children is to put your marriage first.

Grants help maintain home visits for young families
Three local programs received more than $430,000 total in state grants to continue home visits by nurses and social workers for at-risk families.

For poor children, trying hard is not enough
Editor’s note: Trina R. Shanks is an associate professor of social work at the University of Michigan and a Rhodes Scholar. She was appointed to serve as a member of Michigan’s Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity from 2010 to 2012. This essay was written in association with The Op-ed Project.

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