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News Items – June 4, 2012

Mobile App Technology for Social Work
Social Work Today
There will never be an app that does social work as we know it, but there are apps that may help social workers and other clinicians work more efficiently and effectively.

Ban on Ex-Gay Therapy for Minors Passes California Senate
The American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists have all issued similar statements against sexual orientation change efforts.

Social Worker: Worries, Anxiety Linger 1 Year After Tornado
Last summer, the Monson school district received a grant from United Way for a social worker to counsel children and their parents. Maria Maloney has continued working with families and says although the town is healing, stresses stemming from the tornado still affect concentration and school work, among other things. She expects today’s anniversary to renew anxieties about the weather.

Social work warrants specific licensing
Pacific Daily News
Vincent P. Pereda, MSW, BCD, is a resident of Tamuning and a practicing clinical social worker with over 35 years of experience working for the government of Guam in mental health, juvenile corrections, and as a family counselor and administrator for the Superior Court of Guam. He has also worked for the federal government as a clinical counselor for the Navy and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sarcoma Alliance Discusses Grief After Losing a Loved One
San Antonio Express
Sarcoma got more attention than usual at the annual conference of the Association of Oncology Social Work this week in Boston when Doug Ulman spoke. The CEO of LIVESTRONG, based in Austin, was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma at 19 and, a few months later, with melanoma.

Healthy Diet, Exercise Extend Life for Women in Their 70s: Study
U.S. News & World Report
“This is one of those findings that sounds like common sense,” said study lead author Emily Nicklett, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, in Ann Arbor. “But while it may seem obvious, it’s important to go back to the basics in terms of understanding that diet and exercise can strongly predict mortality among older adults,” she said.

Potential social work students work on front lines of hunger
Mankato Free Press
By Robb Murray Free Press Staff Writer So this summer, students aiming to be admitted to Minnesota State University’s social work program are getting thrown into a little doing. “The idea is to put them out into the field before they come into the major,” said their social work professor, Debra Gohagan.

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