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News Items – February 24, 2011

CSULB educator earns honors for HIV prevention
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Thomas Washington, an associate professor of social work and research fellow, received the Gerald Ludd Award for “his outstanding community service, dedication and contributions to remove HIV/AIDS and other health disparities from the African American MSM community.”

Ed Towns: A Man of the People
Social Worker. Professor. United States Army veteran. Ordained Minister. US Congressman. The work Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns does today in Washington reflects the conscience of a man who has truly seen the needs of the people.

Today’s Historymaker: Ntozake Shange
Shange was born Paulette Williams in 1948, the oldest of four children by Eloise Owens Williams, a psychiatric social worker, and Paul Williams, a surgeon. Shange was reared in a middle-class household in Trenton, New Jersey.

DC Social Worker Offers Brutal Choice To Homeless Mother
Washington City Paper (blog)
While at Virginia Williams, and in front of Broas, a Child and Family Services Agency social worker delivered the bizarre ultimatum: Give up your kids or take a bus out of town. Broas recalls the social worker explaining: “Because she is not being placed in a shelter, therefore she is unable to provide a safe place for her children to stay. If she does not agree to accept the arrangement that has been made for her [the bus out of town], we will be forced to take her children away from her.”

Suicide Prevention Week caters to GLBT students
UK The Kentucky Kernel
The goal of Suicide Prevention Week is to spread awareness about suicide among college students, discuss risk factors for GLBT students and educate professional students, Julie Cerel, social work professor and child clinical psychologist, said.

Trailer, Poster & Images from Oranges and Sunshine
Synopsis: Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times: the deportation of thousands of children from the United Kingdom to Australia.

Smart Men, Foolish Choices
Men — even very smart men — can find themselves in all sorts of pitfalls, pratfalls and bizarre situations on the journey to finding true romance.

School initiative combats bullying
“Healthy relationships vs. unhealthy relationships, we start to develop a language where they can tell the difference between a great friend and a not so great friend,” said Cheryl Hurst, a licensed clinical social worker from the Montefiore School Health Program.

Health scare can inspire start of business
USA Today
For those who feel beaten down, self-employment can look appealing, says Penny Damaskos, a social worker who leads the post-treatment resource program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. “If they have their own business, then they have more freedom and more control,” she says.

‘King’s Speech’ rings true for many
She chose to study social work instead and go into counseling and felt she was successful at it. She filed a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights, retained a lawyer, and after two years the case was settled.

Mental Health and Medicaid Costs: Why Ignoring Mental Health Is Expensive
The Huffington Post
Better behavioral health services for this population would be likely to reduce the costs of their physical health care and produce significant overall savings in health spending.

Social worker title bill clears Senate
The Free Lance-Star
According to the website of the Virginia chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, “this legislation simply ensures that Virginians know that when a person says they are a social worker, they have the education and credentials to back it up.”

Ohio social worker dies days after attack by youth
AP – February 23, 2011 1:25 PM ET CLEVELAND (AP) – Authorities in Ohio say a social worker assaulted by a 15-year-old boy at work last week has died. Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County says 42-year-old Tashia Burch-York of University Heights worked for Cuyahoga County.

Woman charged in soldier stalking
Topeka Capital Journal
By The Capital-Journal A former licensed clinical social worker at Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley has been indicted by a federal grand jury for stalking a soldier being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

ASU Honors Alum Killed In Arizona Shooting
ABC News (blog)
Zimmerman, congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ community outreach director, earned a master’s degree in social work from ASU’s School of Public Programs in 2006. Now the university intends to pay their respects to him for years to come with a $5000 scholarship that’s part of ASU’s Spirit of Service Scholars Program.

State Budget Problems:

The Morning Plum
Washington Post (blog)
These are folks who are teachers and they’re firefighters and they’re social workers and they’re police officers. “They make a lot of sacrifices and make a big contribution. And I think it’s important not to vilify them or to suggest that somehow all these budget problems are due to public employees,” said Obama.

Stop the scapegoating of public employees
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
But here, too, deficit scolds blame ballooning deficits on teachers, public health nurses, sanitation workers, librarians, social workers, health inspectors, firefighters, cops and all other government workers who provide vital services.

Kelly Kjos: State GOP wrongly targeting women
La Crosse Tribune
Scott Walker’s budget repair bill affect mainly teachers, social workers and nurses — jobs primarily filled by women. Interestingly, unions that represent state troopers, police officers and firefighters — jobs primarily filled by men — are not affected.

A career of public service in Wisconsin no longer seems a good bet
Minnesota Public Radio
I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, majoring in human development and family studies with a minor in social work. After college I plan on working for local or state government as a licensed social worker.

Pro-union protesters, Jesse Jackson enliven Wisconsin Capitol
Detroit Free Press
Lisa Haberling, a 35-year-old social work student at the University of Wisconsin, drove the six hours from the northern Wisconsin town of Superior to show her support. It was the second time she’s made the drive and she has no plans to stop.

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