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News Items – March 26, 2012

Barbara Mikulski, the record-breaking not-so-gentle-lady
Washington Post (blog)
Since arriving on Capitol Hill in January 1977, the onetime social worker and outspoken liberal Democrat from blue-collar Baltimore has championed the rights of women, children, seniors, veterans, federal workers and the disadvantaged.

Leading expert on LGBT youth, family acceptance receives award from Counselors for Social Justice – American Counseling Association
Asian Journal
Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA), recently announced that Dr. Caitlin Ryan will receive its 2012 Mary Smith Arnold Anti-Oppression Award. The award will honor Dr. Ryan’s work as Director of the Family Acceptance Project (FAP), a community research, intervention, education and policy initiative that studies the impact of family acceptance and rejection on the health, mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and develops resources and approaches to decrease risk and promote well-being for LGBT youth in the context of their families. FAP is affiliated with SF State University.

Local teens eager to see ‘Hunger Games’
Turn to
“The Hunger Games” is rated PG-13, but a clinical social worker says it may not be appropriate for all teenagers. Clinical social worker Allison Sebastiao of the Providence Center says it depends on the child. “I think it’s based on their age, their temperament, their personality, the supports they have in their lives, because each child is going to respond differently,” Sebastiao said. “I think as long as the parent is watching it with them and they’re talking about it. I think having open communication and talking about what they’re seeing and what’s happening. I think that will always help too,” she said.

Momentum for Children’s Welfare, Equality
Huffington Post
That’s why every major child welfare organization, including the Child Welfare League of America and the National Association of Social Workers, agree that allowing qualified, unmarried, lesbians and gay men to adopt or foster children is the right policy.

W.Va. supporters mark health overhaul’s 2nd year
Marietta Times
Sam Hickman, the group’s vice president and executive director of the National Association of Social Workers‘ West Virginia chapter, counts his 25-year-old son among those beneficiaries.

Dakota County Nonprofit Builds Bonds Through Mentoring
Their weekly meetings may be short, but School District 196 social worker Meg Bell believes they have a big impact. “It takes a village to raise a child, and when you can welcome in one more village elder, it always in the long run helps,” said Bell.

Social work field presents diverse job opportunities, challenges, rewards
Carolyn Ford, a social worker for HealthFirst Bluegrass at the health department, did not always want to be a social worker, but after taking a few introductory courses, she switched her focus from becoming a physician’s assistant to a social worker.

Social Work Month

Swampscott High Students Serve Social Workers
Courtesy The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has designated March as Social Worker Appreciation Month. In recognition that social workers are truly the unsung heroes who work tirelessly each and every day to help families make the changes that will create a better life for themselves and their children, the Lynn Department of Children and Families’ Advisory Board hosted a breakfast in their honor.

Norwood resident recognized during National Social Work Month
Wicked Local
By Staff reports Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston joins with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) to celebrate National Social Work March 2012. “Our Social Workers play an integral role within our interdisciplinary team, and strive to provide the best care to patients and families, no matter what their needs may be,” said Judy Cranney, VP and Chief Operating Officer for the non-profit organization.

Social workers have helped improve lives for 100 years
Cumberland Times-News
2012 — The month of March celebrates social work and the individuals who strive to enhance human well-being. They assist in meeting the basic needs of all people and advocate for social changes that are of the most benefit. The profession played an active role in attaining civil and human rights advances in the United States and internationally for more than 100 years.

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