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News Items – August 26, 2010

5 signs of child’s drug trouble
“I don’t think most parents go running down the path that you have an emerging addict on your hands anytime they try something,” says Jan Ligon, a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Parents should be open to ideas when dealing with teachers
“Most schools have a back-to-school night at the beginning of the year,” says Jennifer Kogan, social worker and therapist in private practice from Washington, D.C.

More Houston seniors are seeking help in hard times
Houston Chronicle
Social workers say the influx of seniors is the result of a combination of factors, with the economy as the leader. The recession has made it difficult for many seniors to stretch their fixed incomes.

The Problem of Women’s Self-Expression: A Scientific Perspective
Huffington Post (blog)
I spoke recently on this topic with Marcy Cole, Ph.D., a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Los Angeles. Marcy is also the Executive Director of First Tuesday USA, a women’s group dedicated to creating a community of extraordinary women through social connectivity, professional networking and social service.

Teachers Forced to Fill Role of School Social Workers
Public News Service
National Association of Social Workers-Michigan Chapter Executive Director Maxine Thome says the added responsibility comes at a time when the economy is causing more stress within families.

Grant money will fund Weston school social worker position
Weston Forum
Money the Weston school district didn’t know it was getting will be used to fund a newly created social worker position in the upcoming school year.

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