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News Items – June 16, 2011

The Problem Is Not the Homeless | LJ Feature Story
Library Journal
Sessions are held every fourth Monday of the month, National Association of Social Workers members serve as volunteer counselors, a necessity in part because the organization helps to cover the costs of the required liability insurance.

Room for Debate: A Running Commentary on the News
New York Times
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes is co-director of the Center on Aging and Work/Workplace Flexibility and an associate professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College:  In response to the labor market’s supply and demand, employers fluctuate between a focus on the war for talent and lean and mean approaches to human capital.

Sex Rehab for Weiner? How Sexual Addiction Treatment Works
By Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S As reports that “Congressman Anthony Weiner heads to rehab” continue to dominate headlines (and the Twitter-sphere), I am receiving an increasing number of media calls asking to explain exactly how sex addiction treatment works.

COMEDY CENTRAL’s® “Ugly Americans” Returns for a Second Season of Demons
PR Newswire (press release)
Take New York City, add every horrifying beast, science-fiction freak and fantasy faerie, shake thoroughly, and you’ve got “Ugly Americans,” an animated series that follows Mark Lilly, a social worker at the Department of Integration, as he helps new citizens both human and “other” adapt to hectic life in the Big Apple.

Public Allies Maryland Brings Together Baltimore Teens and Civic Leaders
UMB News
Local and federal officials engaged in a give-and-take with young people during a ‘Give a Care’ summit held June 4 at the University of Maryland campus in Baltimore by Public Allies Maryland, a partnership between the UM School of Social Work (SSW) and a national program supported by AmeriCorps.

New child protection leader says Church can help society fight sex abuse
Catholic News Agency
And I’ll hopefully be able to carry that out when I go to Washington, DC” A husband and father of two who has served with the US Marine Corps, Deacon Nojadera said his work with child victims began after he received a master’s degree in social work from San Jose State University in 1991.

Run honors Teri Zenner
KC Community News
Teri’s death focused national attention on safety for social workers. The efforts of her widower, Matt Zenner, and Sky Westerlund, the executive director of the National Association of Social Workers for Kansas, resulted in the April 2010 passage of egislation by the state of Kansas requiring safety training for first-time licensure renewals for master social workers and specialist clinical social workers.

‘Invisible’ youths need adult assistance
Evansville Courier & Press
Youth First’s School Social Workers often meet that need. They help motivate students to focus on the future and set goals to achieve their dreams. They also help kids develop coping, communication and social skills to navigate life’s inevitable challenges.

Transplant Recipient speaks out: “Shame on the American Diabetes Association”
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
A transplant recipient and past National Public Citizen of the Year as awarded by the National Association of Social Workers, Dr. Richard Darling, is criticizing the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for not taking a proactive stance with organ-donor policy makers in support of trial projects of new organ-donor policies to reverse America’s crisis.

NJ: DYFS head to explain to judge how case of 8-year-old Irvington girl was mishandled
The Star-Ledger – 
Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake will appear before a federal judge today to describe how the hotline appears to have mishandled a call last month, nine days before an 8-year-old Irvington girl was found dead in her home.

Your tweeting heart
Boston Globe
Risa Garon, a licensed clinical social worker, and executive director of the Maryland-based, nonprofit National Family Resiliency Center, also took a nuanced view. “If the couple has a solid relationship, and there’s a commitment to work on the marriage, whether or not it’s cheating becomes inconsequential,” she said.

WMU students get into building communities, block by block
WMU News
They now are being offered in partnership with the WMU School of Social Work. “The students were eager to continue such a course, the neighborhoods’ loyalty to the program was clear and the city was eager to keep it going as well,” Cummings says.

Student who started out homeless to graduate from Cal State San Bernardino
San Bernardino Sun
Dominic Ruffin was homeless for his first seven months at Cal State San Bernardino. Ruffin will receive his bachelor’s degree Sunday. He intends to pursue a master’s degree and a career in social work.

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