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News Items – March 14, 2014

CEOs from Largest U.S.-Based Global NGO Alliance Call for Immediate, Unfettered Humanitarian Access in Syria
Yahoo News
Fifty-two CEOs of major international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) [including the National Association of Social Workers] have signed on to a statement calling on all parties to the Syrian conflict to “immediately allow and facilitate unfettered humanitarian access throughout Syria” in response to what has become the biggest humanitarian crisis of our day. The statement was organized by InterAction – the largest alliance of U.S.-based global humanitarian and development NGOs.

Things I Wish I Was told in Graduate School
Social Work Helper
I wish I was told in Graduate school and even in undergrad to some extent the real meaning of getting a college degree. I was told it meant; opportunity, a big salary, not working in food service and autonomy. While much of that is true to some extent, I have learned there is larger picture as well. I am just speaking from my experience, and I hope this falls in line with the general consensus.

Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social Work Presents Symposium on Privatization
Chicago Tribune
Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social Work will present its annual African American and Latino Social Work Symposium on Thursday, March 20 at the Priory Campus, 7200 W. Division Street. The symposium will focus on the theme “Austerity Hurts: When a City No Longer Provides Services for its Citizens.” The symposium will be held in Room 263 of the Priory Campus from 9 a.m. to noon.

UW launches center in geriatric social work
The Daily of the University of Washington
The UW’s School of Social Work launched a new center — the Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work — with a public lecture Feb. 27. Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, a UW professor of social work, will be directing the new center. Fredriksen-Goldsen is also director of the Institute for Multigenerational Health where she researches the intersection of health disparities, aging, and caregiving in marginalized communities.

St.Thomas’ “Adopts” Social Worker to Aid Abused Children
Hamlet Hub
St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church last Sunday joined Covenant to Care for Children’s Adopt a Social Worker (AASW) program. AASW matches faith communities partner with a Connecticut child protective social worker to address unmet needs of area children who are abused, neglected or severely impoverished. Participating social workers volunteer their time to communicate the needs of children on their case loads, and the congregations do their best to fill those needs.

Chase Bannister is a member:
Eating disorders more likely to affect LGBTs
Windy City Media Group
“Eating disorders are the most lethal of all mental illnesses and LGBTQ persons are at a remarkably high risk for these disorders and no one is talking about it,” said Chase Bannister. Bannister is a licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina and a certified eating disorder specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

Edy Nathan is a member:
Grief Expert Edy Nathan Releases “From Helpless to Helpful: 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Grieving Children”
Foremost grief expert and therapist Edy Nathan, MA, LCSW, today announced the release of her new piece, “From Helpless to Helpful: 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Grieving Children.” The article provides practical guidance for adults as they help children navigate the difficult process of grieving.

Loved ones reflect on lives lost in Manhattan blast
Another victim, Griselde Camacho, 44, was a public safety officer at the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in East Harlem, the school’s website said. “Griselde was a well-liked member of our community, a respected officer and a welcoming presence at our Silberman building,” said Jennifer J. Raab, the college president.

The impact of meth on children
According to the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force, 18 children were found living in homes with a meth lab last year in Adams County. So far this year, authorities have found six kids in this dangerous environment. “Adams County is one of those areas in our state that continues to see problems stemming from methamphetamine production,” Dr. Kate Sheridan with the Illinois State University School of Social Work said.


Social Work Month:

Brookhaven Retreat Observes Social Work Month
During the month of March, Brookhaven Retreat celebrates Social Work Month. According to the National Association of Social Workers, the goal of this campaign is to inform the public on the importance of improving relationships within families, creating effective support systems and establishing a strong community. Brookhaven Retreat recognizes the important contributions social workers make to recovery and treatment of women with mental health issues.

Covenant Hospice to celebrate National Social Worker Month
Foster Folly News
Covenant Hospice proudly celebrates National Social Work Month throughout the month of March. The 2014 theme, “All People Matter” was selected this year to help raise awareness about the American social work profession’s 116-year commitment to improving social conditions and quality of life opportunities for everyone. Social workers across the globe believe that all people have dignity and deserve respect.

We Are for the Child and the Social Worker
Huffington Post
“This is my team. The team that saved my life.” Those were the words of a young woman I met 12 years ago who had spent several years in foster care. She was talking about a remarkable group of people: her lawyer, her CASA volunteer and her social worker.

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