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News Items – June 20, 2011

A Schizophrenic, a Slain Worker, Troubling Questions
The woman introduced herself as Stephanie and said she would be Mr. Chappell’s counselor at his new group home in Revere. She confirmed that Mr. Chappell had stopped getting his antipsychotic injections but made his mother a promise: “She said: ‘Don’t worry. I’m going to get Deshawn back on track.’

Weiner behavior fraught with arrogance, hubris, and grandiosity
KSBY San Luis Obispo News
Executive Director Michael Shaffran, LCSW points out he’s made no kind of formal diagnostic assessment of Weiner, but it is his position that Weiner is “fraught with arrogance, hubris, and grandiosity.”

Dear Abby | Friends’ hurtful comments about daughter’s social work degree
Kansas City Star
DEAR ABBY: Our daughter “Melanie” is finishing her master’s degree in social work. She’s excited about pursuing her future career; however, when we tell our friends about her, we get disappointing — and sometimes, hurtful — responses. Some samples: “Whose idea was that?!” “You know she’s going to starve, don’t you?”

Meditation: The Elixir for All Our Mental Ailments?
Huffington Post
For more than 20 years, Susan Morales, M.S.W. has explored human behavior through her work as a psychotherapist, and as a student/practitioner of meditation. In addition to using meditation as a device to help clients with issues of anxiety and depression, she offers classes and retreats to women in substance abuse recovery.

Fla. Gov. Scott is sued by teachers’ union
The lawsuit was filed in Leon County Circuit Court on behalf of 11 workers from across the state, including two nurses and a social worker in Miami Dade County, a custodian in Madison County, and a social studies teacher in Hillsborough County.

Schools deal with increasing number of homeless students
Appleton Post Crescent
Vandertie, an associate principal at Huntley Elementary School, was assigned to oversee the homeless program as a school social worker in 2003. That’s when Appleton got its first federal grant through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act that ensures homeless students have access to public schooling and services.

Bartenders can be combat veterans’ first line of defense
Bellingham Herald
“In social work, you try to meet the client where they are. If that happens to be a bar, then that’s where the first line of help needs to be,” says Keith Anderson, an assistant professor of social work at Ohio State University. Anderson is the lead author of “The Healing Tonic,” a pilot study that explored the family-like relationships between bartenders and veterans at VFW canteens across the state.

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