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News Items – February 3, 2012

Hospice Worker Offers Gift of Care and Comfort
As a part of our “Greatest Person” series, we highlight Peachtree Corners resident Jane Dausner who is a social worker for Hospice Atlanta; the only non-profit Hospice organization in the state of Georgia. Jane Dausner moved here to Peachtree Corners in 1995, the year the Braves won the World Series. Not only did the Braves win, but our community won by gaining a woman who exhibits great care and concern for others which she extends to many through her work as a hospice social worker.

Therapy Dog Helps Kids Build Reading Skills
Walfish is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a graduate degree in social work who worked with adolescents in foster care early in her career, and went on to spend more time as a school social worker and in private psychotherapy practice.

School of Social Work unveils online master’s program
UTA The Shorthorn
The School of Social Work’s master’s program plans to offer a new online addition in the fall that will be more accessible to potential students who may not live within a commutable range, have busy work schedules or simply prefer online education.

Discriminatory laws and policies harm children of LGBT parents, new study finds
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News
The study is the latest in a series of reports co-authored by Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the Family Equality Council and the Center for American Progress, in partnership with the National Association of Social Workers.

Flyer On Gay Choice Stirs Controversy
MyFox Washington DC
Karen Yount-Merrell, a licensed, clinical social worker, got one of the flyers when her son came home with his report card from Einstein High School. “I don’t like it,” Yount-Merrell declared. “Everything in this flyer make its sound like the goal is to be [an] EX-gay, [or an EX]-lesbian. It is not embracing of a different orientation. It reiterates a societal view that there’s something ‘wrong’ with you, if you’re not in the norm.

‘Food Stamp President’ – What’s the Basis of Gingrich’s Claim
Kansas City InfoZine
“In combination with Mr. Gingrich’s remarks that African Americans should prefer jobs to food stamps, Mr. Gingrich’s refrain clearly contains a coded racial message and implies that SNAP benefits flow primarily to person of color in the U.S.,” Michael Reisch, the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at the University of Maryland, said.

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