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News Items – October 3, 2014

palstonPhyllis Alston is a member:
‘Familiar faces’ Roff, Alston inducted into Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame
Phyllis Alston, who herself enjoyed a social work career that spanned 32 years, earned her Master of Social Work from UA in 1971 before embarking her career at the Department of Veterans Affairs. There, she served as a staff social worker, coordinator of social work internships, social work supervisor, and assistant chief of social work.

Marshall’s Department of Social Work provides job opportunities to students through child welfare program
Huntington (WV) News
For the past 20 years, the Marshall University Department of Social Work has given students the chance to secure jobs before they even graduate. This opportunity is sustained through the Title IVE Child Welfare Scholar program, which allows social work students to receive a stipend if they agree to work for the West Virginia Division of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) for the amount of time they received the stipend, with a one-year minimum after graduation. Jo Dee Gottlieb, primary investigator for the Title IVE Child Welfare project and a social work professor in the College of Health Professions, said the purpose of this program is to professionalize child welfare services while preparing students to be potential employees at the WV DHHR.

Northern Mariana Islands and Guam Begin Regulating Social Work, Adopt ASWB Licensing Exam
Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands have joined the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) in order to administer the ASWB social work licensing exam as part of adopting new regulations for the social work profession. This is the first time that social workers will be regulated and licensed in these jurisdictions.

Students’ research used to stem reincarceration rates
New Mexico Highlands University
The number of former inmates who return to jail at the San Miguel County Detention Center could be reduced thanks to research by New Mexico Highlands social work students. The graduate students conducted a feasibility study to assess the need for a proposed 12-bed adult reintegration center. The center would be the first facility of its kind in northeastern New Mexico to provide substance abuse treatment and other services on-site to inmates. “In our region of New Mexico, we have significant inequalities in access to health care, social supports, employment, and substance abuse treatment,” said Pat Leahan, project coordinator for the Health Impact Assessment team for the initiative. “With the proposed adult reintegration center, we are focusing on reducing recidivism, addiction and violence.”

USC School of Social Work releases study about the needs of Los Angeles County veterans
Westside Today
A majority of veterans who leave the military and return to Los Angeles County are unprepared for the transition to civilian life, with most having no job and many suffering from untreated physical and mental health issues, according to a USC study released today. The study by the USC School of Social Work also found that about 40 percent of veterans were unsure of where they would be living when they left the military. Nearly 80 percent left the military without a job, but expected that they would find work quickly.


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