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Veterinary Social Work Program a Success for this Vet Hospital
Veterinary Practice News
Compassion fatigue, burnout, depression and other mental health issues are big problems in the veterinary profession; suicide rates for veterinarians are extremely high too. Thankfully, this issue has veterinary school and organizations calling for more counseling and mental wellness practices in the veterinary profession. There’s also a growing field that might help the profession too: That of a veterinary social worker.

New NASW President Kathryn Wehrmann to Support Push to Modernize, Improve Services
Social Work Helper
Incoming National Association of Social Workers (NASW) President Kathryn Wehrmann will continue to support the association’s ongoing initiative to modernize and improve services, intensify advocacy at the state and local level, and recruit more social workers and social work students. “At this time in our nation’s history social work is more important than ever,” said Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LSW, LCSW. “Social work has long played a role in making our society a better place and I want to ensure that NASW and social workers are at the table helping solve some of the major issues of the day.”

Woman pleads guilty to killing social worker, 3 relatives
Fox News
A Vermont woman pleaded guilty Thursday to killing a social worker and three relatives she believed played a role in her losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter. Jody Herring, appearing in a court near the state office building where social worker Lara Sobel was shot and killed two years ago, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder, as part of a plea deal, as one of her daughters teared up in court.

Joan Zlotnik is mentioned:
The secret reason child-welfare agencies fail
New York Post
The experience often does not match the expectations of young men and women who get into this field wanting to help children and families. These jobs entail far more than counseling. And often these workers can by definition have an antagonistic relationship with families because they are scrutinizing the way parents deal with their children and the workers may have the power to remove the children entirely. The requirements to be a supervisor at one of these agencies are somewhat more stringent. But nationally less than 40 percent of child-welfare workers are social workers, according to Joan Zlotnik, a senior consultant for the National Association of Social Workers. People think “all the child-welfare workers have preparation, and that’s not the case.”

Danielle Wozniak is a member:
YU Launches Joint BA/MSW Program
Yeshiva University News
A new joint program between Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva CollegeStern College for Women and Wurzweiler School of Social Work will enable aspiring social workers to begin working towards their master’s degree as undergraduates, graduating with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the field in five years. “This program enables students to begin their graduate study in their senior year by taking courses at Wurzweiler School of Social Work,” said Danielle Wozniak, the David and Dorothy Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler. “In five years, they leave Yeshiva with an excellent education and an exciting and important career. Our work as social workers is the work of repairing a fractured world. I can’t think of any profession more important than this, and I can’t think of any students better prepared or more qualified than those who receive an education from Yeshiva University.”

Jacquelyn McCroskey is a member:
More LA County babies are being born full-term, normal weight
89.3KPCC
The percentage of Los Angeles County infants born full-term and at normal weight improved across all regions of the county and among all ethnic groups between 2007 and 2012, according to new research from USC. Countywide, a bit more than half of babies – about 54 percent – were delivered at full term (in the 39th or 40th week) and normal weight (between 5.5 and 8.8 pounds) in 2012, the latest year for which data is available. That’s up about 15 percent from 2007, when roughly 48 percent of babies were born full-term and at normal weight, according to the study by the Children’s Data Network at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. The findings indicate public health strategies designed to decrease preterm births are working, says Jacquelyn McCroskey, co-director of the Children’s Data Network.

Jelan Agnew is a member:
Manchester Girls Rock Conference Encourages Young Women
Hartford Courant
The workshop, “Tell It Like It Is,” was hosted by Jelan Agnew, MSW, LCSW. Agnew also served as the keynote speaker at the event. She is also a former student of Illing Middle School. “Tell Like It Is” used creative written and spoken word to allow students to express how they view themselves.

Theresa Camps is a member:
Theresa Camps: The decision to return to school
The Fayetteville Observer
Dropping out of school can be a life changing decision. But some do it anyway. According to the National Dropout Prevention Center, students have many reasons for dropping out. Some include: I missed too many school days; I thought it would be easier to get a GED; I could not keep up with my school work; I could not get along with others; I got pregnant. A student’s decision to drop out of school usually develops over time.

Book reveals 100 Kansas African-American women who have excelled
Kansas.com
There is Bobbye Humphrey, the first African-American social worker to establish a program at Wichita State University, and Gloria McAfee, a beloved elementary school principal. For decades, McAfee was principal and teacher at several Wichita public schools before becoming the first principal at L’Ouverture Elementary School after a desegregation plan went into effect in 1978. She later was the longtime principal at Beech elementary.

 

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