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News Items – October 11, 2013

Debbie Gitner and Linda Sullivan: Look for the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s
WickedLocal Littleton
Debbie Gitner, LCSW, C-SWCM is Vice President of the New England Chapter of Geriatric Care Managers. Linda Sullivan Nurse and Care Manager Certified, RN, CMC. Together they are owners of ElderCare Resource Services helping families navigate resources for seniors. In this article, they answer questions about possible signs of Alzheimer’s.

Ada Deer to receive 2013 State Superintendent’s Distinguished Public School Alumna Award
The Madison Times
Social worker, human rights activist, and University of Wisconsin-Madison scholar Ada Deer will receive the State Superintendent’s Distinguished Public School Alumni Award on Oct. 8 at the Madison Concourse Hotel. The award will be presented during the reception for Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition prior to the noon awards ceremony at the State Capitol.

Invest In quality mental health care and pass the Excellence In Mental Health Act now
Vicki Bucciere, a clinical social worker at Henry Ford Health System with more than 25 years of experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health and crisis intervention, has witnessed the triumph of persons with serious mental illness receiving the treatment needed and then living productive lives. She has also witnessed the agony of those unable to access care and the devastation it brings to both them and their family. “Access to affordable, appropriate mental health services can literally be a matter of life and death,” said Bucciere.

[Video] The Curative Touch of a Magic Rainbow Hug: Janet Courtney at TEDxDelrayBeach
As Director of Developmental Play & Attachment Therapies and adjunct Professor at Barry University, Janet Courtney‘s career is centered on bringing psychological healing to children. She is an internationally recognized Play Therapist specializing in expressive therapies and attachment treatment who has invented a new process of kinesthetic storytelling, merging imagery relaxation skills with joyful first-play touch activities.

Pitt program improves social interactions of autistic people
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The autistic people Shaun Eack works with are often described as high functioning. But that doesn’t mean their lives are as fulfilling as they would like them to be. Half of them are unemployed, and the other half are underemployed, based on the kinds of jobs they should be able to hold, given their intellectual skills. Many of them still live at home, dependent on their families for day-to-day support. That is why the social work professor at the University of Pittsburgh is passionate about a new form of therapy that he thinks could help them move closer to normal thinking and social interaction.

[Video] Interpreting dreams: A professional’s perspective
Have you ever had a dream you were sure meant something? Man’s curiosity with the dream world is well documented and Robert Thompson, a licensed clinical social worker, has been utilizing them as a part of patient treatment for years. “Dreams are the unconscious mind’s struggle to make sense of our daily lives. The human mind is an amazing thing, and the capacity to heal from our dreams is certainly something I’ve seen as a clinician,” Thompson said.

[Video] Social Work Professor Honored for Work with Domestic Violence Victims
City officials gathered Wednesday to take a stand against domestic violence, part of a wider campaign to raise awareness about Domestic Violence during the month of October. Los Angeles Police Department officers, Mayor Garcetti and community advocates gathered in City Hall. Garcetti said it was time to “step up, to stand up, to act up, and to take action” in regard to domestic violence. A lecturer from USC’s School of Social Work, Susan Hess, was among those honored at the press conference. Hess helped develop a project that uses brain science to better recognize the effects of domestic violence trauma.

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