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News Items – January 22, 2013

Mental health and domestic violence cuts slam Louisiana residents
LSU The Reveille
Carmen D. Weisner, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers for the Louisiana Chapter, said the cuts to domestic violence prevention will impact the individuals with the greatest needs and least resources.

State Employs Human Trafficking Director
Fayette Advocate
In honor of the fourth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Governor John R. Kasich joined Ohio Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and representatives of the National Association of Social Workers in applauding efforts by volunteers, human services leaders, law enforcement and others to combat human trafficking and again pledged his Administration’s help to keep up the fight.

Demand for Social Work Graduates Continues to Grow
Twin Falls Times-News
Jan Roeser, regional economist for the Idaho Department of Labor, said careers related to social work and two other degree programs NNU plans to offer in Twin Falls are projected to show a lot of growth. The number of new jobs is expected to increase by 20 to 35 percent this decade. The professions also have high wages.

Barbara B. Smith is a member, and 2012 NASW-NC Social Worker of the Year:
Early Intervention in Youth Mental Health
The Herald Sun
Ultimately, as a clinical social worker, what I’d like to see is what I’d want for myself or someone in my family: early intervention, easy access to care, the best treatment from a multidisciplinary team of professionals, shared decision-making and enough support to lead a meaningful life as a contributing member of the community. If we had those things in our mental health system, we would all be better off.

Betsy Mandel-Carley is a member:
Guest Commentary: Fear ruled before court’s abortion ruling
Memphis Commercial Appeal
It is my conviction that women need to understand that we are what we are taught, and that if we don’t understand history, we are bound to repeat it. Betsy Mandel-Carley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Memphis.

Sandy Syndrome
Depression, worry and anger increase in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy. Residents in areas most affected by the fall 2012 Superstorm Sandy—said to have caused damage totaling over $71.3 billion—are continuing to suffer from the emotional costs, says a Gallup poll measuring rates of depression before and after Sandy.

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