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News Items – October 22, 2012

Law, health groups target Illinois ‘ex-gay’ services social worker with complaint
LGBTQ Nation
The SPLC complaint, filed on National Coming Out Day against Bloomingdale-based clinical social worker Paul McNulty, comes just weeks after California banned the same type of services through a bill passed by its legislature and ratified by Gov. Jerry Brown. Illinois is now one of many states involved in the nationwide effort by pro-LGBT advocates to ban such services.

Empathy: The Antidote to Bullying
Huffington Post
As a clinical social worker with the Blue Bird Circle Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital, I am invested in children with neurological illnesses or disabilities. I am privy to their distressing reports of being bullied, their social isolation and the disconnection that occurs from others in their school community. Unfortunately the rhetoric that surrounds “bullying” has yet to prove helpful to these children.

Question, Persuade, Refer
The Missourian
Peggy Reed-Lohmeyer, MSW, a licensed clinical social worker and 1985 graduate of Washington High School who now works as assistant director of social services at Fulton State Hospital, is hopeful that another lifesaving technique will become equally as widespread. “QPR, which stands for question, persuade, refer, are the steps to suicide prevention,” said Reed-Lohmeyer.

Improve salaries at CPS
Arizona Republic
At that time, CPS was successfully recruiting people with master’s degrees in social work and others with similar academic backgrounds because their pay scale was competitive. Most current CPS caseworkers and supervisors would not have even been considered for employment in the 1970s.

Chandler police, social workers focus on children in home-abuse calls
Law enforcement and social workers are focusing prevention strategies on child victims in their ongoing efforts to break the cycle of domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Chandler Domestic Violence Commission, an advisory group for the mayor and City Council, held its annual breakfast Tuesday to educate city officials, community leaders and the public about the latest statistics and developments in the ongoing battle against domestic violence.

Preventing teen prostitution a focus of convention
WICHITA , Kansas — Hundreds of police, prosecutors, and social workers are looking for ways to prevent teens from being prostituted by pimps at a conference at Century II. The annual Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect runs through Wednesday.

Social welfare dean committed to domestic violence’s youngest victims
UC Berkeley
For the last three decades, he has been at the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work, where, among other things, he directed the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. With October marking National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Edleson talks about his two main research areas: prevention and intervention for children exposed to domestic violence in the home, and new and expectant fathers who are at high risk for being violent with their partners and offspring.

Issues a matter of life or death for some voters
New York Daily News
Monnie Callan, 86, of Manhattan, is a retired social worker who remembers when President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. “I knew that Medicare required you to pay 20% (co-pay) yourself or get supplemental insurance,” she says. “After I retired, I opted out of my union’s medical plan because it would have required me to switch to a whole new batch of doctors inside the plan. Because I was always a healthy person, I always found it cheaper to make up the 20% difference myself.”

The Albany Herald
ALBANY — Veterans, their families and professional friends in SW GA and clinics served by Sterling Medical Corporation of Cincinnati celebrate the life and mourn the death of Bruce I. Butler, LCSW, who served the community well as Social Worker at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Albany, GA.

Program to aid special needs foster aid kids get $1.25M
A San Diego State program designed to prepare future school counselors, psychologists and social workers to be strong advocates for foster youths with special-education needs will begin in January, now that federal funding has been secured. The $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will enable Project CARES to train graduate students over a five-year period.

Tanzania: Social Work Meet to Address Albino Rights
The President of the US National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Ms Jeane Anastas, noted there is tremendous progress in social work in the country. She also observed that her country in partnership with the government shares some experience and different challenges the people face and the way forward.

Govt Vows to Support Social Work Bill Formulation
The three-day meeting which involved participants from Mainland and Zanzibar was organised through a joint partnership between TASWO and the US-based National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

The first lady of Rutgers: Wife of university’s new president also has a role
The Star-Ledger –
“I’m looking forward to meeting the new president,” jokes Francis Harper Barchi, Rutgers’ newest assistant professor of social work. Mr. and Mrs. Barchi — or Dr. and Dr. Barchi — arrived on the New Brunswick campus last month as Rutgers’ new first couple.

How to stop worrying about your kids
By asking yourself how realistic the worst case scenario is, you’ll most likely realize that you’re thinking in an exaggerated way, according to Karol Ward, a licensed clinical social worker and author of Worried Sick: Break Free from Chronic Worry to Achieve Mental and Physical Health.

Weight Bullying
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 03:49 PM EDT Judith Matz, LCSW is an Illinois-based Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with more than 25 years of experience as a therapist who helps people to end overeating. Ms. Matz specializes in the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder (BED), compulsive eating, and emotional overeating.

Losing Our Religion? The number of non-affiliated, non-religious Americans at all-time high
The study results are “accurate,” says Willie Elliott, D.Min., MSW, LISW, associate professor at Northern Kentucky University. “It reflects the trend of moving away from traditional religion to a more spiritual focus,” he explains. “Also, it reflects the age of its members who are in the stage of life where you are more likely to try out different ways of expressing themselves.”

School of Social Work joins groups across state lines to end hunger
The Baylor Lariat
Baylor’s School of Social Work Texas Hunger Initiative partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture, hosting 200 attendees during the first day of Together at the Table: Southwest Regional Hunger Summit to raise awareness in the community.

Oelschlaeger, 28, heads local League of Women Voters
Asheville Citizen-Times
Karen Oelschlaeger’s road to political greatness is really just another classic tale of a girl whose terrible bike accident propelled her from professional dog walking into a presidency. Oelschlaeger, then 27, took over in May as the youngest president of the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County — one of the area’s oldest, most active and trusted voter education organizations, which has more members over 80 than under 50.

Congress still has time to get it right
While claims and counterclaims swirl bewilderingly in political ads, something unusual has happened. More than 1,900 organizations nationwide, representing millions of people, have come together in support of four principles to guide our nation on a responsible path. Under the heading Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All, these groups have signed a letter to Congress urging that any budget plan (1) protect low-income and vulnerable people; (2) promote job creation to strengthen the economy; (3) increase revenues from fair sources, and (4) seek responsible savings by targeting wasteful spending in the Pentagon and elsewhere.

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