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News Items – November 5, 2013

Rooting out violence in an NC county
Daily Tarheel
When UNC professor Rebecca Macy was a social worker, she never knew if her clients would survive until her next meeting with them. These clients were victims of interpersonal and sexual violence, and Macy said she often had the feeling that she she couldn’t help them.

How to tell your child that you have cancer
Democrat & Chronicle
“Depending on the age, I tell patients to tell their children the truth – tell them the truth but be hopeful. That diminishes anxiety,” said Judy Zeeman-Golden, Oncology Social Worker at Pluta Cancer Center.

Out of Foster Care, Into College
The New York Times
Which is why a growing number of colleges — from those that are selective, like U.C.L.A., to those that are not, like Los Angeles City College — have created extensive support programs aimed at current and former foster young people. At U.C.L.A., this includes scholarships, year-round housing in the dorms for those who have no other place to live, academic and therapeutic counseling, tutoring, health care coverage, campus jobs, bedding, towels, cleaning products, toiletries and even occasional treats.

Editorial: Lame duck Yamada should provide solutions
St. Helena Star
If you were to spend an hour with Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, you’d come away impressed by her understanding of a plethora of problems facing California, particularly involving elder care, which is Yamada’s specialty.

Assembly Member Urges Senate to Create New Committee on Aging, Long-Term Care
California Healthline
The California Senior Legislature yesterday awarded its Legislator of the Year award to Assembly member Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) at the group’s annual meeting in Sacramento. Yamada, chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, said it’s unthinkable that the state Legislature doesn’t have a similar subcommittee on the Senate side.

How To Make Sense Of 4 Families Slain In 4 Days?
“The natural thing to do is to try to make sense out of these events, particularly because they are so heinous and happened within such a short period of time,” said Tricia Bent-Goodley, a Howard University professor and member of the National Association of Social Workers who studies domestic violence. But each week, she said, nine women are killed by an intimate partner. So these cases “are a reminder that the home is not a safe place for all Americans and that people do the unthinkable each day against people they say they love,” Bent-Goodley said.

5 Questions with Al Rizer of Haven Hospice
The Florida Times-Union
My advanced education in social work focused a great deal on family systems theory, which emphasizes how individuals and families adjust to changes. This is very closely related to people dealing with terminal illness and/or loss of a loved one.

NC Data Show More 10 To 14-Year-Old Deaths
CBS Charlotte
A researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill told task force members in September that suicide among youth results from cumulative factors, including a history of traumatic events in one’s life, substance abuse, economic hardships and isolation. Ninety-five percent of all suicides also are associated with an identifiable brain illness, said Jodi Flick with the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

NC screening process for mental illness has slowed placements
The state Department of Health and Human Services says it is aware of the problems and is working to speed up the process by the beginning of 2014. “We have complained to everyone who would listen,” said Susan McCracken, director of Lincoln County Social Services, who has been frustrated since the state made changes to the way people are admitted to adult care homes.

Virtual meth lab provides insights for Methodist students in the school’s social work program
Carla Fagan, chairwoman of the Department of Social Work, joined the students in the simulated lab. After adjusting to the 3-D images, Fagan began to walk through the home. She picked up on a bottle of chemicals in the bathroom and a syringe, a bag of rock salt and coffee filters in the bedroom. “I think this is a valuable experience for the students,” Fagan said. “I want to see if they have the capacity to put in a person, as part of the simulation, so students can interact.”

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