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News Items – September 3, 2013

Hope and Change: Interview with the New NASW CEO Dr. Angelo McClain
Social Work Helper
Over the course of my career, I have experienced at least 15 leadership changes, and the atmosphere before the new leader arrives is always the same. Each time, employees or members are hoping for a leader that will take their concerns seriously, improve conditions, and overall make the organization function better. However, the one consistency from one leader to another is change. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. McClain, and he succeeds Elizabeth Clark who held the position from 2001 until May 2013.

Businessman heads company that supports social workers
The Frederick News-Post
Tony Benedetto said his company isn’t technically a nonprofit, but it sure acts like one. NASW Assurance Services provides insurance and risk management training to social workers across the nation. Benedetto, 52, said the company doesn’t qualify as a nonprofit because of the products it sells, but it isn’t focused on shareholder bonuses, either.

School District’s Crisis Team Responds in Times of Grief
Ocala Star Banner
It was Thursday afternoon after West Port High’s dismissal when Principal Jayne Ellspermann learned a student had been killed. The veteran principal immediately requested the district’s Crisis Team to be ready Friday morning to counsel some of the school’s 2,500 students.


50th Anniversary of the March on Washington celebrations:

FLOTUS Gives Firm Message To Students At Whitney Young Screening
Chicago Defender
Tuesday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama greeted a group of mostly Black grade school students at the White House to screen a documentary on the life of civil rights leader Whitney Young. Delivering a firm message regarding the importance of education and striving for excellence, Mrs. Obama was certain to remind the students of the sacrifices made by those before them. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 “March On Washington,” the screening of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight For Civil Rights” was fitting. Young, a hero of labor unions and a social work trailblazer, was one of the many organizers of the historic march.  A Kentucky native, Young would go on to lead the National Urban League and was later named the president of the National Association of Social Workers.

William Carr is a member:
Where King Stood, Obama Reframes a Dream for a New Era
The Seattle Times
Those old enough to remember the march marveled at a black president’s standing where King had. “If you say that’s not the fruition of the dream, I don’t know what is,” said Bill Carr, a licensed clinical social worker from Montclair, N.J., who is black.

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