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News Items – August 9, 2010

DCF Torrington Case: No Screw Up, But Hotline Flawed
Hartford Courant (blog)
As a result, the Department has implemented a procedural change that directs Hotline supervisors to assign a social worker to respond immediately to requests for assistance from the police regardless of whether there is enough information at that time to warrant a child abuse and neglect investigation.

Research aims to help stressed soldiers cope
Baylor University The Lariat Online
It spans over many areas of research, including Baylor’s School of Social Work, family and consumer sciences department, and psychology and neuroscience department, as well as the Center for Excellence at the Central Texas VA and the Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood.

A D.C. family works to reunify, in and out of court
The Washington Post
Danielle Pleasant knows this is her last shot. Her five children have been in and out of foster care for more than a decade, as Pleasant struggled to overcome addiction, mental illness, HIV and her own parental shortcomings.

Do It Anyway: The Top Ten Ways that the Next Generation is Shifting Activism
Huffington Post (blog)
Whether social worker, political strategist, social issue filmmaker, or community organizer, we are all re-humanizers.

$1.5 million grant to teach U of L students how to ease pain, comfort dying
Louisville Courier-Journal
A $1.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to the University of Louisville — announced Wednesday at a press conference — is designed to teach future doctors, nurses, social workers and clinical pastoral care professionals how to provide that type of “palliative” care, so that someday every cancer patient can receive it.

Celebrations as Hull House Museum reopens
ABC7Chicago.com
It marks the grand opening of a building that was once Jane Addams’ home and is now a tribute to her pioneering social work.

Popular lunchtime lecture series continues for 15th year
Washington University Record
Pollak has been lead organizer of the series for the past 14 years. The co-organizer is Michael W. Sherraden, PhD, the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development and director of the Center for Social Development at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

USC partners with Temecula Valley Unified to help military families
Southwest Riverside News Network
Three interns will be supervised and mentored by a field instructor from the USC School of Social Work under a graduate-level military social work specialization with the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, according to a staff presentation.

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