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News Items – July 30, 2013

New York’s big patient and budget win: Commentary
Syracuse.com
Charles Ingoglia, MSW, is the senior vice president for public policy and practice improvement at the National Council for Behavioral Health, which serves as the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations.

At unique therapy program “horsing around” is allowed
The Rolla Daily News
When some people think of having therapy sessions with a licensed clinical social worker, they think of meeting in an office, sitting on a couch and doing quite a bit of talking while a therapist listens. They may think that “horsing around” is not allowed. That’s not exactly the case with Horses Healing Hearts, LLC., a unique therapy option operated by an licensed clinical social worker who lives in Rolla.

Human-dog bond can aid health
Toledo Blade
A clinical social worker who focuses on the health benefits of the human-animal bond is coming to the University of Toledo. Jane Miller, an Oberlin, Ohio, resident who is the author of Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power To Transform Lives, will hold two free seminars. Ms. Miller is also a certified dog behaviorist consultant.

Writer, Performer and Real-Life Therapist Jude Treder-Wolff Talks‘Crazytown’
NewsLI
Jude Treder-Wolff is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, Registered Music Therapist, and Certified Group Psychotherapist, trainer/consultant, writer, and performer and President of Lifestage, a training & consulting company and author of Possible Futures: Creative Thinking For The Speed of Life.

Social work angle can be pursued to reduce health care costs, ER visits – Our opinion
Oakland Press
Social work angle can be pursued to reduce health care costs. There are a few short answers to reducing total health care spending. Here’s one: Get uninsured folks who need preventive care and routine treatment out of the nation’s emergency rooms. Several programs demonstrate the effectiveness of that approach, even when the costs of that kind of prevention are figured in.

Cuts will hit Kentucky education, social programs hard, legislators are told
Lexington Herald Leader
FRANKFORT — The impact of the across-the-board federal spending cuts on Kentucky programs ranging from special education to social work is expected to be more devastating next year than this year, state education and human resources officials warned lawmakers Thursday.

To limit child tragedies, give social workers what they need
Los Angeles Times
The first items Nancy Razo pulled out of her binder when we sat down to talk were obituaries of three co-workers who died of strokes that Razo believes were linked to stress on the job. “These were women who dedicated their lives to public service, to helping kids,” she said. They were, like her, social workers in the Palmdale office of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Razo thinks they were done in by high caseloads, long hours and constant demands to “get it done now.”

Waterbury, New Haven Among Nation’s Leading Cities for Healthcare Social Workers
ctbythenumbers.info
Connecticut, always on the lookout for occupations with strong potential for job growth, appears to already have one in our midst.  New statistics indicate that Waterbury and New Haven are among the top five metropolitan areas in the nation for healthcare social workers – a status that could serve to attract individuals in the fast-growing field to the state.

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