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News Items – October 22, 2013

New Tools for Social Workers: GSSW Latino initiative prepares students to work in an increasingly diverse population
The Boston College Chronicle
Before she came to Boston College last fall, School of Theology and Ministry student Erin Ramsey spent more than two years working at a residential children’s home in Honduras. But while the experience was invaluable, Ramsey felt she needed to build on it as she pursued her goal of becoming a social worker.

University Professor Honored for Work With Children
Long Beach Patch
Cal State Long Beach announced recently Eileen Mayers Pasztor, professor of social work, had received the Barbara Wasson Making a Difference Award from Grandparents as Parents, or GAP, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that supports educational resources and advocacy for grandparents and other relatives raising their grandchildren or other family children.

Books: Library of Virginia honors authors
The Literary Award for Poetry: LuAnn Keener-Mikenas for “Homeland,” which explores topics from American nature to the brutality and horror of modernity. A licensed clinical social worker in private practice, she is also a counselor at Randolph College in Lynchburg and a provider for Centra Hospice, which has offices in Lynchburg and Farmville.

Breast Cancer Support Group answers questions for survivors
The Star Democrat
“Most patients ‘white knuckle it’ during treatment and focus all of their energy on getting through it,” said Patty Plaskon, oncology social work coordinator at University of Maryland Shore Regional Cancer Center, who facilitates the Breast Cancer Support Group. “But the truth is that once you’ve had breast cancer, you are changed in more than just physical ways.”

Unique St. Cloud therapist helps her clients talk about sex
St. Cloud Times
Erin McPherson can only shake her head and laugh at some of the reactions she gets when people hear about her work. It’s been almost 17 years since she got her master’s degree in social work, and she’s been a licensed independent clinical social worker since 2001. For almost a decade, she’s been in private practice as a counselor to all people of all ages, couples and families.

With help, a veteran gets back on his feet
Veterans set goals – from finding a job, to going back to school, to reuniting with families – that the services can help them attain, Kate Butler, a VA social worker, said in a telephone interview monitored by a VA public information officer. But it starts with housing, she said. “It’s a little hard to get life going when you’re living on the street.”

One Last Road Trip: Hospice Chautauqua County Patient Granted Wish
The Post-Journal
When Basil learned of his wish, he was eager to help. Hospice social worker, Rachel Smith said, “My job entails me driving in a car every day. However, I never realized how much I take it for granted. Until I saw just how much happiness it brought through a dying man’s eyes.”

Beaverton Community Emergency Response Teams train for disasters as Pacific Academy pilots teen preparedness program
The Oregonian
Lisa Bates, a preparedness trainer and councilor at the school, coordinates the program. This is the first such class in Beaverton, she said. At the moment, eight students are participating. The class is offered as an elective during school hours.

What to do with young law breakers
The Garden Island
Madeleine Marie Hiraga-Nuccio, a social worker with the Department of Health, said Kauai needs a more responsive youth probation assessment with intermediate sanctions and mental health services in place to be an effective option to detention. Foster care must also be considered to keep youth out of detention, but the youth also needs to be out of a toxic family environment, she added. “That is where Kauai is at a disadvantage,” she said.

Study: Spanking may be more damaging than first thought
A new study shows spanking your child can be more damaging to them than first thought. Studies have shown that spanking can lead to behavior problems. Now researchers find it may also hurt a child’s cognitive development. “We found that children who were spanked by fathers at high levels showed decreases in verbal capacity by age 9,” said Michael MacKenzie, Columbia University School of Social Work.

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