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News Items – September 25, 2012

Local clinical social worker addresses parents’ concerns over child exploitation
Stephen Jarrell is a licensed clinical social worker who works mostly with cases involving sex offenders. He’s also the executive director at Headwaters Counseling. According to him sexual abuse and exploitation has been around since the beginning of time, and he does not believe it is any more prevalent today, but said technology has changed how people are able to exploit others.

Nursing and social work students learning to work together at UT Arlington
Phys.Org (press release)
The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and School of Social Work will use nearly $900,000 during the next three years to fund research to improve connections between nurses and social workers before they meet in the health care workplace.

A day in the life of … a family court adviser
The Guardian
In public law, where it’s often a question of whether or not a child will go into care due to an abusive or unsafe situation at home, children have usually spoken to other social workers and can be quite well-rehearsed in what they say to me. I need to find out what arrangement would be in his best interests. Firstly, what will keep him safe, and ideally, what will keep him happy.

School of Social Work students say good in the world ‘worth fighting for’
Red and Black
The school, which first opened its doors in 1964, is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education as of October 2011 and is ranked in the top 25 percent of graduate programs in the nation. The school is housed in Tucker Hall, a renovated dormitory from the 1940s.

Latipha Cross – One Sprinter, Many Hurdles – ESPN Outside The Lines [Video]
Amazing story about a young girl with a tragic, unimaginable life, to rise above and want to become a social worker. Very inspiring.

Novel courts handle low-level crimes across the US, often with therapy rather than jail
The Washington Post
These scenes have played out thousands of times at the Community Justice Center, a novel, 4-year-old court system in the city’s rough-edged Tenderloin district. It’s one of about 40 community courts around the United States that tackle mostly low-level crimes in troubled neighborhoods using judges — not juries — to send defendants to drug treatment, shelter and social services, instead of handing down fines and time in overcrowded jails.

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