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News Items – May 28, 2013

Louisville to host international conference on couples coping with cancer-related stress
Sponsors are University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at UofL, a partner of KentuckyOne Health. Researchers from Europe, North America and Australia will talk about coping throughout the disease’s course, coping with diverse types of cancer, ways to promote resilience of couples facing cancer, and translating research into practical ways to help such couples.

Woman honored for LGBT health issues work
San Francisco Chronicle
When Caitlin Ryan was a teenager in the 1960s, “lesbian” and “bisexual” weren’t in the mainstream lexicon. The library was virtually the only place someone could go for accurate information about homosexuality. And when she came out to her own parents, they had no idea how to react.

Expert on bullying offers advice for families
The Republic
Judy Freedman became involved in bullying prevention more than two decades ago as a social worker in suburban Chicago elementary schools. She found that students’ top concern was being teased and how easily teasing leads to bullying.

Collaborative master of social work program to arrive at JCC in the fall
A master’s degree program in social work will finally arrive at Jefferson Community College in the fall. The Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work program, an effort between SUNY Brockport and Nazareth College, Rochester, will provide a continued pathway for those pursuing a behavioral health career or a pathway for people interested in switching to that career. This is the first time it will be offered at an extension site.

Local grief camp for kids helps with coping skills
Forest Lake Lowdown
That’s one reason a weekend grief camp for youth called Camp Triumph was formed seven years ago by Gretchen Kirvida, a clinical social worker and bereavement counselor with Fairview Lakes HomeCaring & Hospice. The free annual event, which has attracted about 25 kids per session, is held at the 117-acre Camp Ojiketa in Chisago City and staffed by some 20 volunteers each year. This year’s camp will be held June and 2.

OSU program immerses social workers in Spanish
Columbus Dispatch
“It’s important in the work that we do that we’re able to connect on a pretty deep level … it’s hard to do that when you’re relaying messages through a translator,” said Danielle Smith, executive director of the Ohio chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. “I’m really glad that Ohio State has this class.”

For the best in health care, don’t break up coordinated teams
The doctor is in, and so are the nurse practitioner, physician assistant, social worker, nutritionist and other health care providers who collaborate within the same practice on physician-led health care teams. A hallmark of the team approach is that patients receive the right care from the right professional at the right time.

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