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News Items – September 13, 2012

Chicago Teachers Union and Mental Health Movement Call for More School Social Workers
eNews Park Forest
How dare he talk about caring about kids when he refuses to hire more school social workers? When he shut down half of the city’s public mental health clinics that many CPS students’ families rely on?” says N’Dana Carter of the Mental Health Movement.

‘The Revolution Will Not Be Standardized': Day Two of the CTU Strike
In These Times
“Social work services take place in old bathrooms, in hallways, in dingy closets,” said David Temkin, a CPS social worker for 14 years. “How would Mayor Emanuel feel if the only therapy he had was held in one of these locations? How would he feel if it was his child?”

Truancy campaign ‘needs resources,’ leaders say
Charleston Gazette
Social workers on the front lines of West Virginia’s war on student truancy are understaffed and underpaid, judges involved in a new anti-truancy campaign told lawmakers on Monday. “We definitely need more resources directed at the Department of Health and Human Resources,” said Circuit Judge Alan Moats, a key player in the anti-truancy initiative whose circuit includes Barbour and Taylor counties.

Letters: Romney-Ryan Plan Devastating for Seniors
(The author is Executive Director of the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.) About this column: We welcome your letters on any topic of interest.

College Course Lumps Homosexuality, Rape, Murder
“The fact that homosexuality was identified in the course description as a deviant behavior raises a flag,” says Stephen Holloway, director of the office of accreditation at the Council on Social Work Education. Holloway says there is a diversity requirement that includes sexual orientation in his organization’s accrediting standards.

From social worker-turned-entrepreneur, a purse that will charge your smartphone
Chicago Tribune
As a full-time social worker who spent much of her time driving to client meetings, Liz Salcedo often found herself running out of energy — on her iPhone. Salcedo, 27, relied on her smartphone not just to check email and keep in touch with clients, but also to navigate to unfamiliar neighborhoods.

Social work senior wins national essay contest describing her work with the homeless
A social work senior is the only student winner in a national essay contest sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers. Megan Salisbury is one of two overall winners of the “Restoring Hope: The Power of Social Work” essay contest; the other winner is a professional in the field.

Social Workers Help Navigate Path To Transplant
Every year, about 2,000 people receive heart transplants in this country. Many more remain on the waiting list. As patients wait for their operation, loved ones worry about medical insurance, the drugs, a long-term place to stay near the hospital, how to maintain a sense of hope and about whether the surgery will work. There are social workers who specialize in these cases to help the patients and their families.

Big Career Moves: Kevin Corrado helps people stay ‘green’, even in death
Wisconsin State Journal
Corrado was a clinical social worker in hospitals for 30 years, 24 of them in the Trauma and Life Support Center at UW Hospital. There, he helped people who had a family member facing death, or who had suffered traumatic injuries or a suicide attempt.

Caitlyn Ryan is a member:
Dr. Caitlin Ryan to be honored for family acceptance work
Windy City Times
After her clinical training with children and adolescents at Smith College School for Social Work, Caitlin pioneered community-based AIDS services at the beginning of the epidemic, working at AID Atlanta and serving as Washington, DC’s AIDS chief; initiated the first major study to identify lesbian health needs in the early 1980s; and has worked to help LGBT youth since the early 1990s.

Richard Apple is a member:
Richard Apple hired by the Alzheimer’s Association
Rockford Register Star
He began his career working as a counselor for children and families facing abuse issues and then worked as a social worker and administrator for Singer Mental Health for more than 20 years. The Care Navigation program provides a series of counseling appointments with a licensed social worker for families and individuals facing the challenges associated with memory loss.

New Art School Opening in Northbrook
Tokowitz, a social worker, artist and Loyola School of Social Work graduate, believes that creative expression and art help ease the stresses of life. Her experience includes working with a wide range of students from public, private and special needs schools and community service centers.

Child welfare experts from U.S., Israel share ideas at conference
Tulsa World
Child welfare experts and social workers from the U.S. and Israel came together Tuesday at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa campus to trade information.

Less money for homeless pupils
Brunswick News
Lead social worker Greg Jaudon said the $16,000 decrease will mean he and his colleagues will have to rely more heavily on what has always been a giving community. “Fortunately, we have a community that does help in providing aid for these students,” Jaudon said.

South Korean students learn about social work, mental health during Wabash Valley visit
Indiana State University
Eleven people from Hanil University visited Indiana State to learn about social work and mental health treatment in the United States. The group talked with ISU faculty members and visited a variety of health services providers in the Wabash Valley, including Union Hospital and the Hamilton Center, to learn more. They also studied some of the key differences between ISU and some universities in South Korea.

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