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News Items – March 3, 2011

Supreme Court to hear cases involving students’ rights
Minot Daily News (blog)
Should a social worker or law enforcement officer have to get a warrant before questioning a child at school about suspected abuse? Or should they have to give a Miranda warning to a minor being interviewed at a school about suspicions he committed a crime?

Baby’s Death Under Investigation In Bryson City
WHNS Greenville
BRYSON CITY, NC — The death of a Bryson City baby last month is under investigation as warrants say social workers failed to protect the child. Swain County deputies said 15-month-old Aubrey Littlejohn died at Cherokee Indian Hospital on Jan. 10.

Swain DSS investigated for cover-up in child’s death
Waynesville Smoky Mountain News
The social worker who handled the child’s case, Craig Smith, altered his reports, fabricating a hospital visit and doctor’s exam that never occurred, according to law enforcement statements. Smith claims he did so at the direction of his immediate superior, Candace Lassiter, according to a search warrant executed by the SBI at the DSS office in Bryson City.

Addiction costs state millions of dollars
Morehead News
The master clinical social worker at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy—the public defender’s office—is well known for thorough and personalized work to find treatment options for indigent clients. The DPA social worker program came about as a means to lessen the taxpayer burden of overcrowded prisons and jails, according to an agency report.

Pamela Vescera is an active member:

Barbie educates public on eating disorders
Utica Observer Dispatch
How many people locally battling eating disorders is difficult to calculate, said Pam Vescera, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in eating disorders.

Health professional moves on, leaves crucial vacancy in West
West Yellowstone News
Licensed Addiction Counselor and clinical social worker Michael Hagenlock explains how to identify an employee who may have a substance abuse problem at a drug testing information session last November. Community West Outreach hosted the info session.

La Familia was one of many mental health centers to struggle with budget cuts
Pioneer Press
Avina, a licensed clinical social worker and a marriage and family therapist, oversaw the organization’s clinical work, leaving Santos to recruit foundation support as director of community affairs.

Will young people shun government work?
Minneapolis Star Tribune
You’ve thought about teaching or social work that helps the poor. You’re also interested in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. But those interests tend to lead to careers in government.

Black community in Atlantic City struggles to find, retain leaders
Press of Atlantic City
Today, role models of that caliber are comparatively rare in black communities, said Patricia Reid-Merritt, a professor of social work and African-American studies at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Giffords and staff remember victim on his birthday
CNN International
By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) — Gabe Zimmerman used his degree in social work to help children in need. The avid runner and his fiancee had a lot of plans. On January 8, those plans came to an end when he and five others died when a gunman opened fire at Representative Gabrielle Gifford’s “Congress on Your Corner” event in Tucson, Arizona.

Societal changes dividing nation; Some tolerate trends others see as harmful
Middletown Press
Mark Gaynor, a licensed clinical social worker in New Haven, says it’s not surprising to find such a range of views. “Change is stressful by definition,” he says.

How conducting trauma therapy changes the therapist
Scientific American
About the Author: May Benatar is a licensed clinical social worker in practice as a psychotherapist in the DC metro area. She has her PhD in clinical social work and has published, taught, and consulted on the topics of adult development, parenting, and the treatment of the long term effects of psychological trauma.

I Am ME: Rebecca Denslow, Charleston, SC
The Fatherhood Channel
As a licensed clinical social worker, Becky Denslow maintains an active practice in nearby Mt. Pleasant, where she introduced relationship and marriage education to the community after being personally trained by PAIRS founder Lori Gordon in 1993.

Aging Gracefully: Social workers invaluable in role as advocates
The News-Press
Today kicks off National Social Work Month. The National Association of Social Workers focuses on calling attention to the social work profession throughout the month of March.

Financial Worries Top Psychosocial Concern of Cancer Patients
Internal Medicine News Digital Network
Highlighting shifting priorities after the recession, nearly half of all recent psychosocial consultations with patients at a leading cancer center involved financial worries, rather than adjustment issues or other pressing mental health concerns.

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