News Items – May 24, 2012
Why Does This Woman Eat Rocks? It’s Complicated
ABC News (blog)
“People will eat anything when it comes to pica,” said Dr. Jordana Mansbacher, a clinical social worker and therapist who specializes in eating disorders, including pica. “They will eat toilet paper. They will eat fabric. They will eat carpet. They will eat paper. They will eat wood. They will eat clothing. They will eat skin. They will eat metal.”
The public interest: Important new book looks at government pay
Las Vegas Review – Journal
Former Clark County Manager Thom Reilly – now director of the School of Social Work at San Diego State University – has a timely book coming out this week, titled “Rethinking Public Sector Compensation: What Ever Happened to the Public Interest?”
Pro-Obama super PAC fund-raising lags behind rival
Labor groups donated big to the pro-Obama group in April. The largest contribution came from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, which gave the organization $1 million. Other groups putting money into Priorities included the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices, a group affiliated with the plumbing industry, and the National Association of Social Workers.
How Stress Affects Major Depression
“Depression is like kindling on the forest floor,” says Daniel Buccino, MSW, clinical supervisor and assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. “Stressors can sometimes be the spark that ignites the vulnerability to depression.”
Guam – A measure introduced by Senator Ben Pangelinan would create the Guam …
Pacific News Center
In a release, the Senator says that Bill 461 would elevate the practice of social work, recognizing it as a professional skill, as it is in other states and territories. The release quotes Pangelinan as saying: “This Act would finally recognize the profession of social work on Guam by implementing a licensure program for control and regulation of persons that practice social work. Guam is the last in the nation and its territories to create such licensure requirements.”
Anthony Swofford on the Epidemic of Military Suicides
The VA has finally begun to screen for posttraumatic stress disorder and suicidal tendencies, even if a guy walks into the ER with nothing more than a broken thumb. Caregivers from social workers to physicians are supposed to be asking the right questions and listening for the answers that indicate significant psychological problems.