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News Items – July 9, 2012

Campaign to limit ‘ex-gay’ therapy intensifies
Wisconsin Gazette
But numerous medical and mental health organizations in addition to the APA – the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Counseling Association, American Medical Association, American Psychoanalytic Association, American Psychological Association, American School Counselor Association and National Association of Social Workers – have condemned the therapy.

Lawmakers seek better mental health screening for children
Catskill Daily Mail
With a new Early Recognition and Screening Program for children ages five through 21, GCMH Director Maggie Graham, the department’s Clinical Social Worker and Coordinator of Children and Family Services Doug Engel and Early Recognition Specialist Deborah Johnson are offering what they described as a mental equivalent to a pediatric physical.

Officials See Child Welfare Dangers on a North Dakota Indian Reservation
New York Times
The tribe, according to federal officials, also hired a children’s case worker who had been convicted of felony child abuse and employed another social worker who discovered a 1-year-old child covered with 100 wood ticks but did not take the child to a hospital.

VA Hospital Recruits Mental Health Providers
The Department of Veterans Affairs is adding staff to its hospitals to meet the mental health needs of vets of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. As Erin Toner of WUWM in Milwaukee reports, some clinicians say the help cannot come soon enough.

News from the Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development
The Guardian
Coverage of the first full day of the conference in Stockholm.

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