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News Items – December 23, 2010

Comforting words
Smelley, a licensed clinical social worker and adjunct faculty member in LSU’s School of Social Work, has written, “The Girl, The Star and The Spider. 

The Importance of Building Sexual Desire in Your Marriage
BY IRINA FIRSTEIN, LCSW The number one sexual problem facing couples in this country is low (inhibited) desire or discrepancies in sexual desire between spouses.  

Post-discharge care is key at top 100 US hospitals
In an effort to help patients cope after discharge, 681-bed Rush launched a pilot project in 2007 in which social workers followed up via telephone with patients at high risk of being readmitted.

Social Workers in Child Abuse Case Placed on Leave
Cleveland News – Fox 8
By EMILY VALDEZ Fox 8 News Reporter Two social workers involved with a case of alleged child abuse have been placed on administrative leave.

Yale New Haven Hospital Social Workers
Happy Holidays from the social workers at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Value of social workers is overlooked
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The value of Social Workers in this issue has been erroneously overlooked. Social Workers trained in Evidence Based Practice have the knowledge to define good evaluation, skills to evaluate programs and experience in what methods work with our children.

Traumatized and brutalized, torture survivors learn to thrive
CNN International
Social workers also aid with English lessons, connections for employment and housing. The Survivors of Torture program, in a cramped, somewhat decrepit corridor of Bellevue Hospital, is like an international refugee center.

USC Raises the Bar on Use of Revolutionary Virtual Technology to Address the
PR Newswire (press release)
The USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), in partnership with the USC School of Social Work, will be demonstrating its Virtual Patient Avatar and its video-game inspired Virtual Iraq technologies, created by ICT and currently being used by the USC School of Social Work to train and prepare social workers to help address the mental health needs of soldiers returning from war.

The truth about child abuse cannot be ignored
Her death might have been an ugly, sad, all-too-common story, but it’s not a story we can ever afford to ignore.

Gay Orthodox Jews: ‘It Gets Better’
The Huffington Post
Following is the interview I conducted with Ely Winkler, 23, a gay Orthodox Jew and student at Hunter School of Social Work who is one of the young men featured in the video.

Vets-in-training helping elderly keep animals
The Associated Press
The students are taking a class called Pets Forever, which pairs social work and pre-veterinary students with elderly and disabled pet owners who need help keeping their pets at home.

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