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News Items – August 20, 2013

NASW Calls On Social Workers To Join The March On Washington
Social Justice Solutions
Fifty years ago a march changed the destiny of a country, in a little over a week from now the Nation might witness another pivotal moment for its future. The NASW is calling on Social Workers to organize and join next Saturday’s “March On Washington” in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the historic March.

UMKC receives grant to encourage patient-centered collaborative health education
Kansas City Business Journal
The University of Missouri-Kansas City announced Thursday it has received a three-year $722,208 grant to create an interprofessional collaboration model at the Kansas City CARE Clinic.

Stamford Hospital Manager Is Oncology Social Worker Of The Year
The Stamford Daily Voice
Fran Becker, a licensed clinical social worker and manager of cancer support services at Stamford Hospital’s Bennett Cancer Center, has received the 2013 Oncology Social Worker of the Year Award from the Association of Oncology Social Work.

New law, controversy imperil Guam social workers
As many as half of the island’s social workers could lose their jobs next summer if the governor doesn’t appoint members to the Guam Board of Social Work. The social workers at risk of losing their jobs are those who don’t have degrees from accredited programs, and who need to be “grandfathered” in by the newly created board in order to continue working.

What happens to families when mom goes to jail?
Those with a greater tendency to make poor decisions run a greater risk of ending up behind bars. When it’s a woman with a family, the picture gets complicated quickly, Caldwell-based licensed clinical social worker Shannon Sorini said. A child can become confused, angry and — if mom is locked up for more than 18 months — permanently placed with a new family.

Life, death and the right to say, ‘No’
Tulsa World
During my decades as a medical social worker, people often told me, “I don’t want to be kept alive on tubes and machines.” You can refuse a feeding tube. You may worry what might happen if you have a stroke or dementia and can no longer tell health-care providers what your wishes are. Fortunately you can decide in advance and name someone else to speak for you.

Enrollment climbs at Missouri State University’s School of Social Work
Enrollment in Missouri State University’s School of Social Work continues to rise because of new programs in West Plains and Neosho, a growing national demand for social workers and the healing passage of time since a high-profile lawsuit against the program in 2007.

Social media and our youth findings
“It’s the instant gratification and the here and now, what can I do, look what I’ve done,” said Clearwater Counseling Licensed Master Social Worker, Brenden Millard.

Gov. Christie Signs Bill Protecting New Jersey’s Youth
Rainbow Times
Efforts to change sexual orientation or gender expression have been debunked as junk science, and have also been proven harmful to children and adults. All major medical and mental health organizations have denounced the practice including: the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American School Counselor Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Pan American Health Organization.

Putting the person at the center of care
[Dr. Barbara Smith is a clinical assistant professor of Social Work and Psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill.] Mental health reform has always been cyclical, and we are at a critical juncture. President Obama has called for a national conversation on mental health, and Gov. Pat McCrory has created a Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina to address Medicaid reform. As we move forward, it might help to remind ourselves of some history.

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