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News Items – May 16, 2011

Social Services Conducts Foster Care Recruitment Meeting, Exposes Deeper Community Issues
“If you return children to an unhealthy community where there are no jobs, easy access to drugs, and where personal safety is in question, the gains made by a foster family can easily be lost,” cautioned Stephanie Chambers, county resident, elected member of the Democratic State Central Committee, and a career social worker with a national nonprofit.

Mariah Carey visited by social worker, Nick Cannon says
Washington Post (blog)
(Frazer Harrison – Getty Images) Nick Cannon said a social worker visited new mom Mariah Carey in the hospital this week over allegations of drug use and drinking. On Thursday’s “Piers Morgan Tonight ,” Cannon said someone called child protective services after Carey followed a nurse’s suggestion to drink a small amount of dark beer to help with breast-feeding.

Dad gets college degree to help soldiers after his son dies in Iraq
What made sense was to go back to school full time and get a master’s degree in social work. “The first month my brain almost exploded because I hadn’t studied or read that much in a number of years.”

For House Speaker Boehner at commencement address, scrutiny of Catholic charity
Washington Post
Doing so defied the Catholic church’s teachings, she said, and will hurt the people she hopes to help with her newly minted master’s degree in social work. “His policies reflect different values than the values of social work professionals, which are to help people who are poor, vulnerable and repressed,” Jamison said.

Phoenix VA Medical Center aide counsels sexually abused
Arizona Republic
15, 2011 12:00 AM For the past four years, a full-time social worker at Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix has been helping men and women who were sexually abused, harassed or assaulted in the armed forces.

Troops seek help for military sexual trauma
USA Today
The problem is so large that the Phoenix VA Medical Center has hired a full-time social worker who does nothing but provide individual counseling and support groups for sexual trauma victims. Social worker Judith Orosz said anger, anxiety, depression and an inability to hold a job are typical among those who seek help.

New ‘Bridges Out of Poverty’ program to help Poconos poor
Pocono Record
Keith R. Stevenson/Pocono Record Monroe County social workers hope a new program will help the area’s poor cross over to a better lifestyle. “Bridges Out of Poverty,” part one of a three-part workshop that studies the effects of poverty and how to deal with them, was held for the first time in Monroe County on Thursday.

Brinkley uses lockout to earn degree
Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog)
Brinkley accomplished his goal when he graduated last weekend with a degree in African-American Studies with a concentration in social work. Brinkley took part in the graduation ceremony held in South Carolina’s basketball arena.

Career change can do a number on many relationships
So how do these shifts manifest themselves in relationship problems? Karol Ward, a licensed psychotherapist and author of “Worried Sick: Break Free from Chronic Worry to Achieve Mental & Physical Health” offered a list of the reasons career changes can lead to divorce.

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