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News Items – May 14, 2012

A taste of combat to help soldiers
Providence Eyewitness News
Psychiatrists, social workers and others need to get a glimpse at life in the military to better relate to the civilian soldier and his or her difficulties. After all, life coming back home can be no end of stress too — lack of jobs, lack of housing, even a lack of family support, perhaps going through a divorce, to add to the mix of getting over what’s seen in combat.

Universities will train DSHS social workers, foster parents, parents
The Seattle Times
The University of Washington and Eastern Washington University will now be responsible for training state social workers under an agreement with the state Department of Social and Health Services.

PNC Social Work Club helps African project
Members of the Purdue University Social Work Club devoted much of their free time this semester to a fundraiser that has become very near and dear to them. They recently raised more than $600 for Build a School in Africa, a group that builds schools and brings education to African children.

Social worker helps homeless families find homes, furnishings
Grand Forks Herald
A social worker at Valley Middle School where Desirae and Aaron are enrolled, Fuher has been helping find homes — and furnishings — for families down on their luck.

Off the streets, out on his own
The State
Social worker Jeremy McCleery shares a laugh with Tony Nguyen, 53, after being beaten in a game of pool at the MIRCI.

Zehl neighbors: Apalachin woman overcomes disabilities
Ithaca Journal
Despite being burdened with Asperger’s Syndrome and learning disabilities, Sydney Cox-Reynolds will graduate this weekend with her Master’s degree in social work from Marywood University.

Cracking down on sex trafficking by not arresting prostitutes
Dominique Roe-Sepowitz is the associate director of the Office of Forensic Social Work at Arizona State University. “They’re kind of in a subculture of our community,” Roe-Sepowitz said. “They have their own language, they have their own culture, they have their own lingo, they have their own rules.”

1 in 3 autistic young adults can’t find work: study
New York Daily News
It’s the largest study to date on the topic and the results “are quite a cause for concern,” said lead author Paul Shattuck, an assistant professor at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis. “There is this wave of young children who have been diagnosed with autism who are aging toward adulthood. We’re kind of setting ourselves up for a scary situation if we don’t think about that and how we’re going to help these folks and their families,” Shattuck said.

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