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News Items – October 18, 2013

Social workers in the Corridor, nationwide deal with more than welfare issues
The Gazette
The field of social work is broad and varied. “Often, people in the community think about ‘child welfare’ social work practice,” said Ed Saunders, associate professor and director at the University of Iowa School of Social Work. “However, as they have different life experiences, they come into contact with social workers.

Does the presence of a firearm escalate domestic violence to murder?
Before It’s News
“It would be rare for something like this to happen with no previous record of domestic violence,” said Carl Mangold, a licensed social worker who counseled more than 3,500 men convicted of abuse in Arizona and now trains others to work with offenders through the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Md., Anne Arundel look to curb underage gambling
The Daily Record
About 20 people attended a first session of the class in May, and there was demand for a second, Health Department spokeswoman Elin Jones said. So far only a handful of school counselors, social workers and other professionals have registered, but Jones said she expects about the same number of participants.

Social worker turned nuclear negotiator trying to keep Iran from getting the bomb
TheSpec.com
Sherman, a rail-thin woman with a shock of gray hair, has followed an unusual path to her current post as the undersecretary of state for political affairs, the No. 3 position in the State Department. A Maryland native, she studied sociology and urban studies in college and then got a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland. She met her husband, journalist Bruce Stokes, in 1978 after they’d gotten together to talk about low-income housing.

Columbia-Educated Psychotherapist Laurie Marsden Launches New Women’s Help Website
OsixMedia
Laurie Marsden, a Columbia-educated licensed clinical social worker, today announced the launch of LaurieMarsden.com, a new website dedicated specifically to helping women improve their confidence, health and happiness. The website’s primary offering is a comprehensive and cost-effective wellness program, The 8 Steps to Becoming You, which offers women a unique approach to self-improvement at a fraction of the cost of traditional counseling.

Elmhurst social worker joined the Navy to better understand challenges of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans
New York Daily News
For returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, getting back to normal will take a few good men — and one determined Queens woman. Elmhurst native Carla Giglio is part of a specialized social work program at the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work that focuses on helping former soldiers. But rather than using only textbooks and lectures — Giglio decided the only way she could all that she can be was by enlisting in the U.S. Navy Reserve program.

Where’s That Advance Care Directive?
The New York Times
Nancy Wagner, a social worker at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J., encounters this frustration at least once a week: A patient arrives in the emergency room and tells the inquiring staff that yes, she has indeed prepared and signed an advance directive. But, well, she doesn’t have it with her.

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