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News Items – August 30, 2012

Anne Bezon named supervisor of Child Advocacy Center
The Batavian
Bezon brings many years of social work experience to the Justice for Children Advocacy Center. In addition to previously being employed with Catholic Charities as a co-facilitator for both the Domestic Violence for Men Program and Our Kids Parent Education Program, she held the title of social worker III. She was also the assistant director of the Geneseo Summer Recreation Program for the YMCA.

The University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work Services program is
Treatment for people convicted of animal abuse or hoarding could soon expand in East Tennessee. The University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work Services program is offering two training sessions for area counselors this school year. “AniCare is a program developed by the Animals and Society Institute.  It’s the first published protocol for the treatment of animal cruelty,” said Dr. Elizabeth Strand, Director of UT Veterinary Social Work Services.

Bipartisan Support as California Legislature Passes Bill to Help Prevent Drug Overdose Deaths
eNews Park Forest
The Good Samaritan Overdose Response Act (AB 472) is supported by a long list of public health organizations, treatment providers and advocacy groups including: California Society of Addiction Medicine; California Attorneys for Criminal Justice; California Professional Firefighters; California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives; County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators Association of California; National Council of Alcohol and Drug Dependence of the San Fernando Valley; National Association of Social Workers; Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team; Bay Area Addiction Research and Treatment; Families ACT!; Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing; and Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing.

Social workers build bridges to find foster children homes
LA Times
“The old way wasn’t working,” said the unit’s leader, social worker Eric Ball. Since 2008, his team — using Facebook, family connections and foot patrols — has located 1,500 missing youths and eased 500 into independent living and out of foster care, he said.

Transgender Pilot Wins Battle Against FAA
Edge Boston
Ultimately, Waterhouse declined to undergo additional psychological exams. She did, however, reply to the FAA’s request, sending letters from her licensed clinical social worker and endocrinologist, both of whom confirmed she was physically and psychologically fit to fly. Those letters weren’t sufficient.

Local Lyme sufferers say disease is widely misunderstood
“It was great. The whole town of Westport was green and people from other towns contacted me,” said Ms. Smith, a clinical social worker who’s organized a Sept. 9 talk about Lyme disease.

Special visa program offers citizenship path for illegal immigrant youth in foster care
The Washington Post
A powerful reminder of all she lost and gained is printed on the top right corner of her green card: “SL6.” That’s the code for special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS), the little-known program that allows Boudet and hundreds like her each year to live and work in the U.S. as a legal permanent resident.

PV social worker takes leading role in movement to do away with ‘Citizens United’
Prairie Village Post
Stirred by her deep feelings about the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, a Prairie Village clinical social worker has become a leader in the local movement to overturn the decision. Mary Lindsay, who has had her clinical practice at Corinth for more than 20 years, is a central organizer for the Kansas City affiliate of Move to Amend, a national movement whose goal is to get a Constitutional amendment passed that reverses the effects of Citizens United.

Social Work adopts trauma-informed care as guiding principle
University at Buffalo Reporter
It happened in the past few months, says Susan A. Green, clinical associate professor in the School of Social Work and co-director of the university’s new Institute on Trauma and Trauma-informed Care. The judge, who had trained with UB’s trauma-informed care program, presided over a case involving a man she had seen several times in court who often had to be removed from the courtroom because of his unruly behavior.

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