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News Items – March 22, 2012

Radio Interview: The Stress Doc Mark Gorkin, MSW, LICSW
Acclaimed Keynote Speaker, Retreat Leader and Motivational Humorist Author of Practice Safe Stress, The Four Faces of Anger and The Wit and Wisdom of the Stress Doc.

Uncovering abuse in Baltimore’s Orthodox Jewish community
Washington Post
Lisa Ferentz, a licensed clinical social worker, leads a discussion group for sexual abuse victims. A documentary, “Standing Silent,” was filmed between 2007 and 2010 by a three-person crew that traveled with journalist Phil Jacobs through Baltimore’s Orthodox Jewish community.

New Suicide Prevention Initiatives in Rhode Island
“Untreated mental health disorders dramatically increase a youth’s risk of suicide,” said Sarah C. Dinklage, LICSW, Executive Director, Rhode Island Student Assistance Services.

5 Ways to Raise a Grateful Child
Write a little script for your child to follow when he gets a present, recommends Bette Freedson of the National Association of Social Workers. Come up with a stock line or two together, like “Thank you! I like it a lot!” He can also pick out one thing to specifically compliment (“This blanket feels really soft”).

Social Workers conference tackles best practices
KUAMNews on Youtube
Dr. Gerhard Schwab and Marlene Ongesii talk with KUAM’s Jason Salas about the NASW conference on Guam.

Bill sponsored by Rep. Dempsey passes Senate, heads to Governor’s office
Rome News Tribune
Supported by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Department of Community Health and Department of Behavioral Health & Development Disabilities, HB 434 maintains and clarifies the authority of LCSW’s to diagnose mental diseases and conditions in Georgia.

Social Work Month:

Social work important profession in the field of aging
The News-Press
The National Association of Social Workers focuses on calling attention to the social work profession throughout the month of March. As noted on the association’s website, “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social work is one of the fastest professions in the country due to an increased need for health and aging-related services.”

Celebration focuses on why social work matters
The News Herald
As a social worker for Covenant Hospice, Kellum helps patients and their families by providing emotional support and planning for care, including whether the patient is able to stay at home and creating advanced directives. This month Covenant Hospice is joining the national celebration of Social Work Month. This year’s theme is Social Work Matters.

Social work is a profession of hope
Visalia Times-Delta
Elizabeth Clark, National Association of Social Workers executive director, says it best: “As the profession of hope, we help people overcome poverty, inequality, insecurity, fear, violence, trauma, loss and pain. What social workers do and how they do it does matter to our country’s success.”

March is Social Work Awareness Month
Columbia Star
By Anita Baker Since 1984, the National Association of Social Workers has celebrated National Professional Social Work Month annually during the month of March. Each year, the association chooses a different theme for National Professional Social Work Month. This year the association’s chosen theme is “Social Work Matters.”

World Social Work Day:

World Social Work Day Celebrated Around The Globe Today
MarketWatch (press release)
While celebrations continue across the United States for National Social Work Month, today marks the worldwide recognition of nearly one million professional social workers for World Social Work Day. To commemorate the occasion, the International Federation of Social Workers and other international organizations will present the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: A Commitment to Action to the Secretary General of the United Nations on March 26.

World Social Work Day: how social media helps make connections
The Guardian
Social workers all over the world are celebrating World Social Work Day. Social work has a critical role in the promotion of social justice and challenging inequalities in society. One of the most exciting developments for social work in the past few years has been the growth of the internet. Social media has enabled social workers across the world to connect, share knowledge and information, debate critical issues and provide support.

World Social Work Day Celebrated Around The Globe Today (press release)
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — While celebrations continue across the United States for National Social Work Month, today marks the worldwide recognition of nearly one million professional social workers for World Social Work Day.

World Social Work Day: social workers in film, television and books
The Guardian
The BBC documentary Protecting Our Children stirred debate among social workers earlier this year. Did it accurately portray social work? What issues did it raise? And will it change public perceptions of social work? Catch up with our coverage of the programme on the network.

World Social Work Day Celebrated Around The Globe Today
SYS-CON Media (press release)
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with nearly 145000 members. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers.

Social Work Day marked in Tbilisi
Holly Holzer Bass, wife of United State’s Ambassador to Georgia John Bass, who is herself both a social worker and a Foreign Service Officer, addressed young Georgian social workers about the importance of the profession.

Professionalism Of Social Workers Should Be Recognized
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The Deputy Minister marked World Social Work Day by thanking social work professionals for the year-round work they do to reach out to people and help them make the most of their lives. “Social workers deserve credit for their commitment and compassion when dealing with complicated and sometimes desperate situations, to change lives for the better.

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