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News Items – July 30, 2012

Social Workers‘ Group “Joins Forces” for Veterans
Public News Service
Social workers from Michigan and around the nation meeting in Washington, D.C., this week have been talking about how they can better serve returning veterans. The National Association of Social Workers announced, at the convention, a new online course of study in veterans issues. It will be offered at no cost, and will carry certification for any social worker who completes it.

Joining Forces Exceeds Expectations, Director Says
Department of Defense
Second, the National Association of Social Workers, at its annual convention here this week, announced it is launching a free, online training course for all social workers to better understand the unique needs of military families. It also is providing a set of of standards for working with veterans and military families, and is creating a professional Credential for Social Work with Veterans and Military Families.

White House Lauds Students’ Military Acceptance Project
USC News
The Military Acceptance Project (MAP), a USC School of Social Work student initiative-turned-nonprofit organization that promotes understanding, acceptance and equality for military service members, veterans and their families, has received perhaps the highest recognition for a group of its kind: a Champion of Change award by the White House.

Military Suicide: Help for Families Worried About Their Service Member
Time Magazine
Every day, one active-duty service member dies by his own hand, the authors note: “The U.S. military seldom meets an enemy it cannot target, cannot crush, cannot put a fence around or drive a tank across. But it has not been able to defeat or contain the epidemic of suicides among its troops.”

What Can Mississippi Learn From Iran?
The New York Times, Sunday Magazine
Shirley says he believes that the problems of the American poor — living conditions, deficient education, harmful behaviors and the lack of family support and access to healthful lifestyles — demand house calls. This approach was used by groups in Atlantic City and Camden, N.J., profiled by Atul Gawande in The New Yorker last year, which identified the worst offenders of emergency-room readmission and deployed social workers and nurses to figure out the myriad sources of ill health. What was clear above all else from Gawande’s account is that what these people needed was constant attention. Because one stumble — an unpaid electricity bill, for example — can lead to cascading health setbacks.

Maximizing human resources in public schools
St. Louis American
“We are wasting human resources.” That’s a concern of psychologist and St. Louis native Jason Que Purnell, Ph.D., associate professor in the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University St. Louis. “We” in this case is the St. Louis region, although it could be applied across the U.S.

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