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News Items – July 19, 2013

Mental Health Residential Treatment Facility Scheduled to Open Serving Northern Nevada
Guardian Express
Sharon Dollarhide selected colleague Denise Abbey, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) to develop the program. In February of this year, Abbey began working in a building on the Galletti Way campus in Sparks. What was an empty, cold, abandoned structure just a few short months ago has become The Dove House, literally.

Why reference editors are more like Gandalf than Maxwell Perkins
The Encyclopedia of Social Work is the first continuously updated online collaboration between the National Association of Social Workers (NASW Press) and Oxford University Press (OUP). Building off the classic reference work, a valuable tool for social workers for over 85 years, the online resource of the same name offers the reliability of print with the accessibility of a digital platform. Over 400 overview articles, on key topics ranging from international issues to ethical standards, offer students, scholars, and practitioners a trusted foundation for a lifetime of work and research, with new articles and revisions to existing articles added regularly.

Parents: Act Now to Prevent Substance Abuse Later
“Parents are exhorted to be hyper-vigilant,” says Josh Glawe, a licensed clinical social worker and specialist in adolescent disorders with The Morris Psychological Group in Parsippany, N.J. “They are taught to talk to their teenagers about drugs, to monitor their activities and friends, to spot the signs and symptoms of drug use and to recognize when experimentation progresses to an even more serious problem. But not all kids are equally susceptible to the lure of drugs and alcohol. Parents can recognize risk factors even in very young children and take steps that will help reduce the likelihood of substance abuse when they reach adolescence.”

Lack of home Internet access presents extra job-hunting challenges; S.C. libraries lend a hand
Charleston Post Courier (subscription)
Kirk Foster, assistant professor of social work at the University of South Carolina, said a lack of resources, both Internet and social networks, constricts job possibilities. “Technology plays a role in it, but these social connections are a factor that we can’t discount,” Foster said.

The Tradegy Of Trayvon Martin
Social Justice Solutions
I opted to pursue a degree in social work because I was convinced that I could develop the best knowledge and skills to help people. While working on my M.S.W. degree, I realized that more attention was needed on the policies that impacted people and practice.  I decided to train myself to be someone who could work to influence social welfare policy.  Columbia University School of Social Work seemed to offer the best experience.

Health Insurance Within Reach
The New York Times
Ever since Marci Lieber, a part-time social worker in Brooklyn, learned she was pregnant, she and her husband have been scrambling to find health insurance. But insurers consider pregnancy a pre-existing condition, and won’t sell anyone a new policy that covers it. That changes on Jan. 1, 2014, when insurers will no longer be permitted to deny coverage of pre-existing conditions — and all Americans will be required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

I’m OK, You’re Needy
Wall Street Journal
We all long to be loved, supported, understood and accepted. “Everyone who is emotionally healthy is able to acknowledge their needs,” says Pandora MacLean-Hoover, a licensed independent clinical social worker in Cambridge, Mass. “It’s a positive thing to be able to reach out and ask for help.” Yet asking for emotional support has come to imply something negative—being clingy, annoying, fragile. People will use words like “demanding,”

Life’s end: Hospice social workers are guides in dying process
The Missoulian
Q: I recently looked into hospice care for a loved one and found that we would receive care from a “team” of professionals, including a social worker. I don’t know where to even begin when it comes to talking about death. Does this mean we have to do family therapy? What role does a social worker play in my loved one’s end-of-life care?

Calif. amnesia patient’s sister found in Louisiana
A social worker has struggled to piece together what happened to Boatwright before he was found unconscious in a room at Motel 6 on Feb. 28, as first reported by The Desert Sun. He carried four tennis rackets, two cell phones and a set of photographs.

Sex traffic researchers to train hotel staff on warning signs
KPHO Phoenix
“I had a young woman who had been trafficked by her boyfriend’s parents, her prostitution fed their drug addiction,” said Kristi Hickle, a researcher at ASU’s School of Social Work. She has a dozen stories like that since Phoenix has become the third-largest hub in the nation for sex trafficking accessibility. We can thank our accessibility and tourism bringing in fly-by-night clientele.

Lawmakers want to ban homosexuality reversal therapies
WWLP 22News
Mark Blogier, a licensed clinical social worker, told 22News, “I actually know some adults that have gone through it and it’s been a very painful, shameful experience. People feel a lot of self-loathing as a result.

Autism challenge growing in Black community
Indianapolis Recorder
“Less discussion about autism among African-Americans, or between African-Americans and health care providers, has led to misdiagnosis, a lack of treatment and a lack of services,” noted Martell Teasley, an associate professor in Florida State’s College of Social Work and one of the leading researchers of autism’s impact on minorities.

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