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News Items – April 30, 2013

How Therapy Can Help in the Golden Years
The New York Times
“It’s never too late, if someone has never dealt with issues,” said Judith Repetur, a clinical social worker in New York who works almost exclusively with older patients, many of whom are seeking help for the first time. “A combination of stresses late in life can bring up problems that weren’t resolved.”

School of Social Work announces poetry contest winners
The University of Iowa School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences announced the winners of the first annual National Poetry Contest for Social Workers.

9th District Delegates Call for Action on Domestic Violence Assessment Legislation
The SandPaper
The measure would establish this domestic violence assessment be performed by a psychiatrist, licensed psychologist, licensed clinical social worker or licensed professional counselor to determine the likelihood the offender would commit future acts of violence or abuse against the victim, the victim’s family or others identified as at risk. The defendant would be responsible for the cost of the assessment.

My anxious transition from student to fully qualified social worker
The Guardian (blog)
I completed my Masters in Social Work in the summer of 2012 and started work as a newly qualified social worker in early 2013. I am currently on the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme working for a local authority in children’s services.

Meeting takes on issue of coal-fired plants
Muskogee Daily Phoenix
Denise Griffin, a social worker who worked several years with the Department of Human Services, said she was “appalled” by the health of the clients she found here. Even more appalling, for her, was the fact the coal-burning plant just outside Muskogee’s city limits continues to thrive. “Their argument was jobs — you shut that plant down and you will lose jobs and livelihoods,” Griffin said. “But on the other hand we have all these children with asthma, and the doctors just shrugged.”

Live chat: is IT the saviour of health and social care?
The Guardian
It is difficult to codify social work services in a way that can be easily entered and tracked in a computerised system and to record quality, as well as quantity of output, for example. Employees may also be anxious about using technology they don’t understand and worry that their users will lose a face-to-face, personalised service.

Victims in Boston Face a Difficult Path to Recovery
The New York Times
Joan Smith, the manager of social work services at Tufts Medical Center, said that virtually all of the 14 victims who came through the hospital were experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder that may continue indefinitely. “I also personally did a lot of work with family members who were trying to be strong for their children but at the same time were falling apart behind closed doors,” said Ms. Smith, who made sure all the patients and their families had a list of mental health specialists to contact if they felt the need.

Social work licensing course preps students for exam
UTA The Shorthorn
Norman Cobb, social work associate professor, prepares his class for the MSW, LCSW and PAD exams. Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 6:45 pm | Updated: 7:32 pm, Fri Apr 26, 2013. Social work licensing course preps students for exam.

Cross-cultural experience impacts social work, nursing students
Indiana State University
Lugar was part of a group of 16 nursing and social work students from Indiana State University who travelled internationally over spring break. Half of the students went to Guatemala and the other half to South Korea as part of an international social work course supported by the university’s Office of International Programs and Services.

Federal Agency Shines National Spotlight on Wayne State University Foster
Midland Daily News
Wayne State University’s Transition to Independence Program (TIP), an initiative developed by the School of Social Work to help students aging out of foster care thrive in their studies, will be featured during Foster Care Awareness Month in a publication of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Richmond’s William Byrd Community House celebrates 90 years of serving neighbors
The Washington Post
In April 1923, the social workers split from the nurses and organized under a new charter. William Byrd Community House was born with the goal of strengthening the low-income Oregon Hill neighborhood.

Disfigured veteran deals with disrespect at home
Elsie Moore, a VA licensed clinical social worker managing care of about a hundred severely wounded veterans, including Porta, says the nation is on a learning curve about accepting home the casualties of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. “I don’t know that all of regular society is out there knowing what to do about that, or how to handle it,” Moore says. “It’s all of us who have to receive these folks home and make them feel comfortable to be here. This is their home.”

Cultural Quotient (CQ) is important
With all of us being more globally connected than ever before, Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Co-founder of GROW Parenting, Sarina Natkin talks about why the CQ or Cultural Quotient is so important. What is the Cultural Quotient? Is it an awareness or a skill that can be taught to kids?

Yamada’s social worker title protection bill advances
Daily Democrat
AB 252 does not mandate hiring practices, but simply requires that the use of the title “social worker” be granted only to individuals with a degree in social work from a school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Laurels of Massillon social-services director goes above and beyond
Massillon Independent
The annual award recognizes a social worker in the Northeast Ohio area who goes above and beyond for patients in the community. “She’s wonderful. That first smile — it gets you,” said Phyllis Greene, who has been a resident at The Laurels for two years.

University of Kan. making plans for online work
Emporia Gazette
The School of Social Welfare already offers blended Master of Social Work programs in Lawrence and on the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and another will begin this summer based in western Kansas, designed to train social workers for an area that needs them.

Health care staff honored
Bristol Bay Times
Weeks, a licensed clinical social worker, has been named Outstanding Direct Service Professional in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related dementia as chosen by the direct service providers of Alaska in 2013. She was one of over 50 candidates Alaska state-wide nominated for this award.

Phoenixville Hospital employee recognized for social work
The Phoenix
PHOENIXVILLE —Marybeth Coggins is usually not in the spotlight, but recently she was when she won an award for her social work. Coggins, the director of social work services at Phoenixville Hospital, was presented with the Crossroads Hospice “Caring Award” in March.

Beigelman endows scholarship for the School of Social Work
Daily Trojan Online
Alumnus Paul Beigelman donated Friday $25,000 to the School of Social Work to create a scholarship for graduate students who plan on entering the health profession. The scholarship is in honor of Beigelman’s late wife, Irene Beigelman, who was also a graduate of the university.

HOW WE SEE IT: Quorum Court Realizes Value In Social Worker
Northwest Arkansas News
The Washington County Quorum Court, at least 14 of 15 members, made the right call recently to double the number of social workers available to assess troubled juveniles within the juvenile justice system for mental health and substance abuse issues.

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