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News Items – October 4, 2010

Why your job is making you depressed
CNN International
The highest rates of worker depression (up to 11 percent) are seen in people with jobs in nursing home/child care, food service, social work, and health care, among others.

The grinding reality of growing up poor
Washington Post 
“Poverty trumps mistreatment, absolutely,” said Sheryl Brissett-Chapman, executive director of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda.

Batterer program seeks to change abusers’ thinking
Newton Kansan
However, only about 5 percent of the offenders who are court ordered to participate in the program have a diagnosable mental illness, program director and licensed clinical social worker Evelyn Stabler said.

Urban League celebrates 100 years of service
Milwaukee Courier Weekly Newspaper
The National Urban League was founded by social worker George Edmund Haynes, the first African American to earn a PhD from Columbia University, and Ruth Standish Baldwin, a wealthy social activist.

Governor signs bills aimed at improving child-abuse investigations
Los Angeles Times (blog)
Two of the bills are aimed at improving the Los Angeles County database that provides social workers with information about a family’s history during a child-abuse investigation.

Patch Adams to speak in Fairbanks on Oct. 6
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
by Staff Report FAIRBANKS — The National Association of Social Workers Alaska Chapter will kick off its annual conference with a keynote lecturer Dr. Patch Adams on Oct. 6.

Victorian Tea Party honors Edith Abbott
Grand Island Independent
She worked with Jane Addams at Hull House in Chicago and helped establish social work as a serious profession during her tenure at the University of Chicago.

Ridgewood to hold presentation on youth suicide prevention
The presenters are Scott Fritz, a founder of the society who lost a child to suicide, and Maureen Underwood, a clinical social worker and a nationally recognized expert on youth suicide prevention.

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