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News Items – March 11, 2015

Janice Gabe is a member:
[Video] Teens kidnapped, held for ransom face emotional recovery
Fox 59 (Indianapolis, IN)
“I just can’t imagine the amount of trauma they went through,” said Janice Gabe, a youth social worker. “All those hours, not knowing what was going to happen to them, not knowing if they were going to survive.” Gabe said the kidnapping will haunt the brother and sister their whole lives, namely because it’s a traumatic event, occurring during adolescence, when the brain is still developing.

Gwen Ginski is a member:
Plainfield woman honored as 2015 Social Worker of the Year
The Enterprise (Plainfield, IL)
Gwen Pearson-Ginski of Plainfield will be honored March 30 as the 2015 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers-Calumet District. Pearson-Ginski, who has an MSW, Loyola University Chicago; MEd, Benedictine University; LCSW) is a school social worker serving K–8 students in Rockdale.

County’s head of homeless services is honored
Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, FL)
Wayne Applebee may not be a social worker, but apparently he thinks like one. Sarasota County’s director of homeless services will be recognized by a group of area social workers as their “2015 Public Citizen of the Year.” The Sarasota/Manatee Unit of the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers is scheduled to present Applebee with the award during its annual celebration dinner on Monday.

Rocio de la Grana is a member:
FIU Grad wins HYPE Miami Award
FIU News
Rocio de la Grana – a current master’s in social work at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, who graduated Summa Cum Laude with bachelor’s in social work in 2014 – was recognized March 4 with the Most Valuable Graduate (MVG) HYPE Miami Award by the The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.… She is also the current master’s of social work student representative for the National Association of Social Workers at the Miami-Dade County Unit and will be honored with Social Work Student of the Year award in mid-March.

Nina Chaifetz is a member:
NY Health And Wellness: Westchester’s New Health Approach
Westchester Magazine
Once the medical groundwork is laid, Dr. Morley shares the results with the rest of the team: Jacqui Justice, certified nutrition specialist; Nina Chaifetz, licensed clinical social worker and certified holistic health counselor; and Lisa Avellino, fitness and movement therapist. Together, they figure out a treatment plan that addresses how to exercise properly (and not over-exercise), manage food sensitivities, and deal with psychological problems like stress.

[Video] A rare look at the life of a CPS investigator
WFAA (Dallas-Fort Worth, TX)
Natashia Moore rarely feels welcome in people’s homes.… Moore says she’s never had a child die on a case that she works. But like all caseworkers, it’s one of her greatest fears. “Nobody wants a child to die,” said Moore, who is currently currently working on her master’s degree in social work at the University of Texas at Arlington. “First of all you don’t want a child to die in general and you don’t want a child to die on your workload because it is going to cause you to question yourself, ‘Did you do everything that you needed to do?'” She works for an agency under fire from all sides. Criticized for doing too little. Criticized for doing too much.

Sarah Austin Young was a member and a pioneer:
Former Family Services’ director dies at 88
Winston-Salem Journal (NC)
Sarah Young Austin, the former head of Family Services Inc. who improved the lives of hundreds of families, battered women and poor children over a decades-long career, died Thursday at age 88. Austin joined Family Services in 1951, and spent about 43 years with the agency before retiring as its president in 1994. She was named social worker of the year in 1981 by the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Jennifer Bennett and Diana Lombardi are members:
[Video] CT’s LGBT seniors – the silent voice
CT Valley Views
Join Susan Regan, Host of CT Valley Views for a dynamic interview with Kathleen Marschall and Jennifer Bennett, Simsbury and Avon Senior Center Coordinators respectively and guests Diana Lombardi, Director on the Board of Directors for the CT Trans-Advocacy Coalition and Gustave Keach-Longo, VP of Senior Services Community Renewal Team Inc. This segment provides a candid overview of the challenges facing our LGBT community members and how local organizations can provide a constructive and realistic bridge to solutions for this silent generation.


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Carla Damron is Executive Director of NASW-SC:
Take time to thank a social worker
The Sumter Item
March is Professional Social Work month in South Carolina, and Gov. Nikki Haley has issued a proclamation that honors the hundreds of dedicated social workers serving clients in our state. As executive director of the National Association of Social Workers, SC Chapter, I’m constantly surprised and impressed by the creativity and determination in our members – most of whom are unsung heroes.

Tim Rehner is a member:
DuPree proclaims March National Social Work Month
Hattiesburg American (Hattiesburg, MS)
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree presented Dr. Tim Rehner, director of the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi, with a proclamation recognizing March 2015 as National Social Work Month on Wednesday.

Lone Star CASA celebrates National Social Work Month
Blue Ribbon News (Rockwall, TX)
As part of March’s National Social Work Month celebration, Lone Star CASA recognizes and thanks those who devote their lives to bettering the lives of others. Social workers strive to build a stronger community for all people, and CASA is a proud partner in the effort to secure a brighter future for children in the foster care system. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates®) programs collaborate with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Child Protective Services (CPS) and other key advocates in the child welfare system to ensure that children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.


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