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News Items – April 14, 2011

It Could Happen to You
The Conference Board
That altered reality is terribly difficult for CEOs and CFOs, as well as other top corporate executives, explains Frederic Reamer, a professor at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work and a nineteen-year veteran of the Rhode Island Parole Board. “They were the movers and shakers,” says Reamer, who has worked with many white-collar criminals.

PT. Beach cancer patient support group feels economic pinch
Asbury Park Press
They joined 11 others and Lakewood resident Pat Spillane, a breast cancer survivor and retired clinical social worker who leads the 90-minute sessions each Tuesday at noon.

How Do You Find Good Food When You’ve Got Bad Allergies?
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Now make way for Allergic Girl. That’s the moniker that Sloane Miller, a New York social worker and food allergy advocate, has given herself in connection with her various enterprises, from an award-winning blog (Please Don’t Pass the Nuts) to a group-dining program (Worry-Free Dinners).

Homelessness a ‘major’ issue in Knox, UT College of Social Work report finds
Knoxville News Sentinel
A new report by the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work concluded that homelessness is still “a major community problem in Knoxville and Knox County.” The report is an annual product of the Knoxville Homeless Management Information System, a Web-based database for collecting and reporting data on homeless individuals and families in the area.

Knowledge, understanding combat child abuse
Idaho Press-Tribune
She is the director of the Social Work Policy Institute in Washington DC and she was visiting Idaho for a conference. Dr. Zlotnik’s work includes advancing evidenced-based practices to benefit the wellbeing our nation’s children.

Social Work Dean Jeanette Takamura: A Personal Account of Japan’s Resilience
Columbia University
Written by Jeanette Takamura, dean of Columbia’s School of Social Work, who was in Tokyo to attend a conference when the March 11 earthquake and tsunami struck northern Japan. She was able to leave the country two days later. Dean Takamura is a sansei (third generation) Japanese American, born and raised in Hawaii.

The Innocent Victims of the Recession
MyFox Phoenix
“We are seeing a higher number of children that have more severity in their injuries,” says Nicole Schuren, a hospital social worker. “I think that the children suffered paid the price for that,” says Dr. Jennifer Geyer. And they’re sometimes paying with their lives.

Meth ‘Cook Houses’ Gone, Demand For Drug Lingers
NPR
Five years ago, Christine Brown was a social worker with CPS. Today, she is a supervisor. “We’re still seeing the same behaviors in the families, and we’re still seeing the same effects on the kids. They’re still exposed, it’s still happening, and it’s a battle. It’s a battle every day,” Brown says.

Texas’ reimbursement rate for abortion alternatives mentors
The American Independent
The state program, whose subcontractors are primarily faith-based organizations that include maternity homes and crisis pregnancy centers, “is an issue of great concern to our association,” said Vicki Hansen, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers — Texas Chapter.

Social workers will celebrate National Health Care Decisions Day
Lakenewsonline.com
“It’s a tragedy when a person’s wishes are unknown at the end of their life,” said Susan Major, MSW/LCSW, director of Social Work Services at Lake Regional Health System. “It’s important for all adults to define ‘quality of life’ for themselves and to make their decisions known in case they become incapacitated.”

College of Social Work receives grant to explore demographics of kidney
The Gamecock
Courtesy of College of Social Work For years, research has indicated that a disproportionately low number of African-American patients in need of kidney transplants actually receive them compared to white patients in South Carolina and nationwide.

Parents of girl who hanged self sue school district
Brandon News and Tribune
Donna Witsell said school officials told her a social worker from the school tried to call the family the day Hope signed the contract.

Students Bare Their Soles for Poverty Awareness
Hood Today
The event, sponsored by Hood’s Student Social Work Organization, was inspired by Toms Shoes, a company that donates a pair of shoes for each pair sold. “A Day Without Shoes,” held April 5, was designed to encourage students to reflect upon poverty and what it must be like to live life without basic necessities, such as shoes.

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