News Items – February 22, 2017
NASW journal Social Work Research is cited:
As They Dig Deeper Into Parenting, Fathers Seek Community, Support
“I’ve been a father for 14 years, and I’ve never read a parenting book or blog because the information is written for mothers and it’s boring,” says [Matt] Lowe. Instead, many dads rely on their partners for advice. A small study of expectant fathers published in the December issue of the journal Social Work Research reveals that even before their children are born, men tend to ask their partners how to parent. However, this doesn’t necessarily help strengthen the father-child relationship, nor is it a replacement for the community that many dads crave.
NYC schools see addition of 134 counselors, social workers over last 12 months
New York Daily News
City Education Department officials added 134 counselors and social workers to the public schools in the past 12 months, according to data the Education Department released Wednesday. As of Oct. 31, 2016, there were 2,902 guidance counselors and 1,275 social workers in the city’s 1,800 public schools. That’s 4,177 staffers total, up from 4,043 a year ago. The increase will give up to 13,400 more city students access to counseling and social services, Education officials said. Each counselor handles up to 100 kids.
Marti Anderson is a member:
Intense collective bargaining debate begins with little headway made
The Des Moines Register
“Child protective workers go into potentially dangerous situations every day,” said Rep. Marti Anderson, a social worker and a Democrat from Des Moines. “We go alone. We go unarmed without bulletproof vests and without the ability to radio for backup. … Social workers are working with clients, many of whom have untreated mental health issues, violent criminal histories and who are abusive.”
Amanda Flory is a member, and on the Board of NASW-NC:
Nashville [NC] Police Department’s HOPE Initiative celebrates 1 year of helping addicts
Raleigh News & Observer
When addicts arrive at the Nashville police station for help, a volunteer accompanies them to the emergency department of Nash UNC Health Care in Rocky Mount, for treatment and assessment that typically lasts several hours to a day. They are then admitted to Coastal Plain Hospital, the in-patient psychiatric hospital on the Nash UNC Health Care campus. One of the first people they meet at the hospital is Amanda Flory, a transitional care social worker. Flory follows each patient while he or she is at the hospital and after release from a detoxification process that could take five to seven days. Each participant undergoes a behavioral assessment by medical specialists who determine if there might be other underlying issues such as mental illness, in addition to a substance use disorder.
A child’s story
A child wakes up in a strange bedroom wondering where his parents are, why he’s not in his own home and when he can go back. That’s the scenario Santa Fe author Rosemary Zibart shows in her new book “Kit Coyote: A Brave Pup,” which uses animal characters to tell that story from a child’s perspective. It’s a situation hundreds of thousands of children face every day.… She used animal characters instead of humans so the book could relate to the diversity of children coming into the foster care system. Although the illustrations depict a coyote living in an adobe house, she said it is meant to appeal to a national audience. Zibart said the book has already been well received by foster care professionals with the National Association of Social Workers.
Barbara Shank is a member and a Social Work Pioneer:
Social work dean to retire
St. Catherine University
After four decades of teaching and leading the St. Catherine University – University of St. Thomas School of Social Work, Dean Barbara Shank will retire at the end of the 2018 academic year.… Shank’s passion and work have been lauded throughout her career and earned widespread recognition from organizations throughout the educational and social work landscapes, including recently being named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers and receiving the Significant Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors.“What I’ve done here [at the School of Social Work] has opened up into all the national and international work I’ve been able to do. This has given me a platform to do all that, which has been great for me professionally, good for our school and, I think, good for the university,” Shank said.
Elizabeth Gotwals is a member:
Fulton County school begins free, confidential drug testing
In a move likely not seen yet in Pennsylvania, Central Fulton MIddle/High School has teamed up with local medical officials to run a free and confidential drug testing program not involving law enforcement and aimed at students.… The goal is to provide locations where concerned parents and students can go to for a free, completely voluntary and confidential drug test that is separate from law enforcement consequences, focusing instead on prevention and education. The committee includes Elizabeth Gotwals, a licensed clinical social worker who works out of Fulton County Medical Center, and Dr. Michael Peck, who currently practices in Hanover but is from Fulton County originally.
Cynthia Santiago-Borbón is a member:
Could Your Relationships Use Some Work? Here’s How to Love Better
If your relationships could use some work, It’s time to take an honest look at your Issues and learn the best ways to have happier, healthier, more loving bonds with everyone in your life — from your hermana to your hombre. Whatever your sitch, we’ve got the fix. Cue Drake and pop the champagne: Valentine’s Day is on the way, and love vibes are in the air. But let’s be real: love can be a battlefield, not only with your romantic partner, but in tricky relationships with your family, friends, and — perhaps the most overlooked of all — yourself. It can be easy to let one, or even all, of these unions slide, but “relationships, like every other aspect of our lives, take work,” says Cynthia Santiago-Borbón, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in Latina wellness. “It’s about what you put into them — consistent, steady effort.” ready to roll up your sleeves and dive in? Start by getting to the root of the problem.
Daniel Hartnett is a member:
East Hampton Town Declines Trump Directive on Immigration
The East Hampton Star
East Hampton will not take an enhanced role in enforcing immigration laws, Supervisor Larry Cantwell told a packed meeting room at Town Hall on Thursday night.… “Communities are built on trust,” said Daniel Hartnett, a social worker for the East Hampton School District. “We need to trust our institutions, especially the police. Let’s build our protocols on that.”
NASW-NE is mentioned:
Water Protectors: Woman & Water Are Sacred
A panel discussion on our sacred responsibilities, women and the Standing Rock/Dakota Access Pipeline will be hosted by Nebraskans for Peace, the National Association of Social Workers – Nebraska Chapter, and Sacred Winds, United Methodist Mission Church, Tuesday evening, Feb. 21 at Sacred Winds, 2400 S. 11th St.
Social Workers Play Important Role at Auburn City Schools
Auburn City Schools applied for a three year grant to hire additional help for their school counselors, staff and students. An additional secondary school counselor and social worker help students deal with more than just their academics. With more than 8,000 kids at Auburn City Schools, faculty and staff noticed, throughout the years, some of these kids needed some extra support than just on an academic level.