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News Items – July 15, 2014

4179801_G[Video] ‘RIP’ shirts have changed how people mourn in South Louisiana
WAFB-TV News
Funerals kept death in churches, and formal religious rituals…but these t-shirts are on our backs during our daily lives… Is that healthy? LSU Social Work teacher Margo Abadie also works with the Crisis Intervention Center. Abadie said, “Grief are the internal feelings that you keep inside. So sadness, in some cases guilt–if it’s a complicated loss, Mourning is that feeling of getting those feelings outside yourself. And that seems to be the healthy part.” Abadie says her social work students organize the yearly Circle of Support walk to raise money for the Crisis Intervention Center. And families in their grief support group at the Center walk in memory of their loved ones and they make Rest in Peace T-shirts.

Nancy Perlson is a member:
Deerfield social worker shares stories of tattoos, love and loss
Deerfield Review
A tattoo is more than ink — it’s oftentimes a feeling in the heart that seeps out onto the skin, sometimes manifested in the form of a smiling, winged-pig, a broken heart of sand tied together with rope or a lotus flower. These are a few of the tattoos people chose to share on a website called “Behind the Ink: The Art of Love, Loss and Resilience.” Clinical social worker Nancy Perlson, of Deerfield, created the website late last year as an outlet for people to share the stories behind their tattoos, and people have so far been eager to share.

[Video] Mercy Health: Oncology and Social Work
WZZM-TV
When a woman is told she has breast cancer, it can be an emotional, scary experience. Alina Chourrot, oncology clinical social worker, has a passion for helping women in the midst of these types of life-changing circumstances. Chourrot is one of four social workers employed at Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center. Oncology Social Workers at Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center are Master’s-level social workers certified in cancer care. They are an important part of the multidisciplinary cancer team, assisting patients and their families with the emotional and nonmedical aspects of cancer care throughout their cancer journey.

UB launches Immigrant and Refugee Research Institute
University of Buffalo Reporter
For decades, Buffalo’s population has shrunk. But now the number of immigrants and refugees in the city is on the rise. With the sudden population surge come a host of problems. The University at Buffalo will tackle these issues through the Immigrant and Refugee Research Institute (IRRI), a new institute of the School of Social Work and its Buffalo Center for Social Research.

US jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums
rrstar.com
Peering through the chain link of a holding pen at the Cook County Jail, a man wrapped in a navy varsity jacket leans toward clinical social worker Elli Petacque Montgomery, his bulging eyes a clue that something’s not right. “They say I got bipolar, that’s all,” he says. “OK, are you taking your meds?” she asks. “When I can get them,” he answers. “I’m down here every day,” Montgomery says. “Every morning I hear this.”

Local DCF social worker striving for safety, success
The Daily Item [Lynn, MA]
Sara Grady’s schedule says she works 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., but an emergency erupting in any of the 24 families she assists as a Department of Children and Families social worker “throws 5 p.m. right out the window. You have got to be there,” Grady said. The 25-year-old, who grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., is one of 60 state social workers responsible under state law for helping 550 families living in Lynn and bordering communities. It is a job that has drawn criticism from elected officials in recent months following the death of children under the state agency’s care.

Roxanne Brunsman is a member:
Overcoming fear and helplessness to fight PTSD
The Herald Bulletin [Anderson, IN]
Roxanne Brunsman helps people find monsters. A clinical social worker and therapist, Brunsman has witnessed the long lasting and oftentimes debilitating effects of untreated post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “People tell them to buck up, buttercup,” Brunsman said. “That is so disrespectful. You can’t really compare pain — pain is pain.”

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