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News Items – July 14, 2011

Baca wants his deputies to supervise state parolees
Los Angeles Times
The proposal was unprecedented: No law enforcement agency in the nation, officials say, handles parole or probation supervision, a task decidedly more oriented toward social work. Baca says his plan would allow offenders uninterrupted rehabilitation services, starting in his jails and continuing post-release.

Alliance for Children and Families Appoints Mason as New Editor
PR Web (press release)
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, a top-ranked professional social work journal published by the Alliance for Children and Families, has appointed Dr. Susan E. Mason, professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York City, as editor.

Social worker wins termination case against county
Ventura County Star
By Tony Biasotti Special to The Star By Tony Biasotti The county of Ventura illegally retaliated against a social worker by firing her after she complained about potentially unsafe working conditions, the state labor commissioner has ruled.

From ‘Staycation’ to ‘Workation’
WABC-TV, New York
Licensed psychotherapist, Karol Ward, is the author of “Worried Sick”. She says the phenomenon of working while on vacation is about our struggle to achieve work-life balance.

Bystanders rarely step in with bullies
Youngstown Vindicator
Slovak surveyed school social workers in the Midwest. She published the results in the Journal of the National Association of Social Workers. Slovak found that only 32.9 percent of them said their school had a cyberbullying policy, and only two-thirds of them called the policy effective.

Foster children routinely housed in office waiting room, social worker alleges
Los Angeles Times
Supervising Social Worker Lincoln Saul says Department of Children and Family Services officials have grown defensive about their inability to cope with the problem and take steps to hide it. The agency’s acting deputy director denies Saul’s allegations.

Hogg Foundation Awards Scholarships to Graduate Social Work Students in Texas
University of Texas at Austin News
AUSTIN, Texas — Five outstanding Texas graduate students of social work have been awarded the prestigious Ima Hogg Scholarship for Mental Health for the 2011-2012 academic year, at a time when Texas is facing critical shortages in the state’s mental health workforce.

Human Services and Health Director learning the ropes
Sauk Prairie Eagle
He said he went into social work to help people. “I looked at psychology and social work actually appealed to me,” Pritzl said. “It’s like taking all that research that gets done in the soft sciences, like psychology, and applying a lot of those things into direct interactions with people and programs. So it was like taking those neat things, all the research things, and saying, ‘How can we use that in the real world?’ It was a really unique way to look at the world and provide a service.”

Living with Alzheimer’s : When memory slips away, caregivers are
Los Altos Town Crier
As a licensed clinical social worker, Bollwinkel conducts education seminars for caregivers in nursing and assisted-living homes, nurses working for in-home-care agencies and the community in general.

It’s ok if you don’t breastfeed
Washington Post (blog)
Guest blogger Jennifer Kogan is a clinical social worker who works with parents in Northwest DC As a mom who meets lots of new moms, I have noticed something lately. In my conversations with new mothers who breastfeed, there is an almost universal belief that breast milk is akin to the nectar of the gods.

Ask the Expert: Early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s
Baltimore Sun
Marina Tompkins, a certified social worker and director of Keswick Multi-Care Center’s adult day program, talks about how to tell the difference between normal behavior for an aging population and what could perhaps be the early onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Child abuse-prevention professionals say the job gets a little easier when
Over 600 professionals who work in the field of child abuse prevention are gathering in Philadelphia for their annual conference, and will look at this troubling issue from a variety of perspectives.

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