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News Items – April 4, 2011

Basic Black Live – Youth Violence: Beyond Crime and Punishment
(Originally broadcast June 24, 2010)  Last week we looked at youth violence as a structural and criminal justice issue. This week, we return to the topic of youth violence but will explore the issue through the prism of spiritual, mental, community, and public health.

Myths about the homeless
Bangor Daily News
The other way works for some people, but it hasn’t worked for the people who are chronically homeless. Meridith Bolster is a licensed clinical social worker at Penobscot Community Health Care’s Summer Street Health Center in Bangor.

Guest opinion: Preventive health programs losing out in Legislature
Billings Gazette
Kathy McGowan of Helena is executive director for Community Mental Health Centers and represents National Association of Social Workers, MT Chapter at the Legislature. She collaborated on this column with John Wilkinson, Travis Hoffman, Jill Steeley, Joan Taylor, Anita Roessmann and Stacey Anderson, all advocates for human services and prevention.

Social work a challenging field for many
Tahlequah Daily Press
Dr. Kathlyn Shahan, assistant professor of social work, is the department chair, and her focus is to train students and prepare them for the work force. “[Graduates in social work] can do all kinds of things,” said Shahan.

Let’s work to stop child abuse
In 2005, I graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Afterward, I began working at the Erie County Office of Children and Youth. I was excited to start my career in child welfare and truly felt I had the passion and drive to make a difference in our local community.

Britain’s child migrants
The Guardian
The scandal was discovered by social worker Margaret Humphreys Margaret Humphreys. Photograph: Fabio de Paola for the Guardian In 1986, Margaret Humphreys was a social worker in Nottingham, specialising in child protection.

Boomer Beat: Getting a nudge in the right direction
Northwest Herald
After his return to civilian life, he worked as a mental health specialist at Elgin Mental Health Center while he completed his master’s degree in social work, and then settled into a lifelong career as a social worker. After getting his feet wet as a mental health specialist at Elgin Hospital, Bennett was offered the position of deputy director of child psychiatry at the University of Illinois.

Center helps leaders learn how to change lives
Rapid City Journal
In a legal system that focuses on crime as an offense against the state – not an individual – the voices of crime victims are frequently unheard, according to Mark Umbreit, founder of the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work.

Child welfare workers second-guess stressful jobs
NEW YORK — When child welfare worker Kelly Mares investigates an abuse case, she doesn’t know what’s going to greet her on the other side of the door. A ferocious dog. Or a gun. Or a meth lab, or angry parents who lash out violently.

New Coping Model Inspires Proactive Change for Survivors of Lost
So says Susan A. Berger, LICSW, EdD and the hundreds of bereaved loved ones she’s encountered in her career. Susan Berger, founder of the Massachusetts Center for Loss, Bereavement, and Healing , says that the survivors of loss often do not understand their own unique brand of grief; they can be misunderstood and misdiagnosed by therapists as well.

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