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News Items – August 8, 2018

We have a child-care crisis in this country. We had the solution 78 years ago.
The Washington Post
The government resolved the quandary by swiftly amending the Lanham Act. The 1940 law, which allowed for the provision of war-related grants, would now also provide for the establishment of federally subsidized child-care centers nationwide. Serving thousands of families across all income levels, these programs were innovative, smartly designed and well equipped to serve mothers’ needs. In addition to play spaces, they included medical clinics that provided vaccinations and routine health care, as well as infirmaries where sick children could be tended to by doctors and nurses. They offered an amenity that would make today’s parents swoon: personal shoppers who fulfilled a mom’s customized grocery list while she was at work. Items were bagged and ready when she came to pick up her children at quitting time, right down to the chicken dinner.

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[Video] PTSD and the Carr Fire: How one organization is helping people cope emotionally
As many Shasta and Trinity County residents start to pick up the pieces of their lives, left behind by the Carr Fire, the Northern Gateway Unit of Social Workers chose to offer free Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) training to mental health professionals to help people recover emotionally. On Saturday, the National Association of Social Workers held a free PTSD training session, providing crucial recovery techniques to all attendees. The free training was hosted by Joe Ruzek, the former Director of Veteran’s Affairs at the National Clinic with a specialization in PTSD.

Why companies need to hire social workers
Fast Company
Bennett expected to do this type of work after she received master’s degrees in social work and gerontology, but not in this setting: She is a vice president in Wells Fargo’s life management division, where she oversees care for older clients. Employees like Bennett who are trained in social work, public health, and other social sciences have the interpersonal skills companies clamor for, and they possess backgrounds in ethics and culture that dovetails with corporate interest in social responsibility. Thus, colleges, including Bennett’s alma mater the University of Southern California (USC), are asking social work students to consider careers in the private sector. And in a corporate world plagued with scandals and a growing awareness of workplace harassment, the timing couldn’t be better.

Rob Edwards is president of NASW-MN:
Thousands of parents show support of child protective services lawsuit against Minnesota
St. Cloud Times
Culture is a factor in how people feel it’s best to raise children, said Rob Edwards, a licensed graduate social worker and the Minnesota chapter board president of the National Association of Social Workers. Social workers are well-versed to deal with that ambiguity. Plus, every case is different, he said. “I’m really hopeful as a system we can balance the needs of children and parents,” Edwards said. “Social workers work every day at that.”

Melvin Wilson is social justice and human rights manager for NASW:
Religious Liberty Amendment Alarms Foster Care Advocates
Opponents of the amendment argue that these religious freedom laws negatively impact children and their long-term well-being. “If you don’t feel accepted in society, it has a ripple effect on a child’s health,” says Laura Hanen, chief of government affairs for the National Association of City and County Health Officials, which has come out against the measure. The Aderholt amendment passed the U.S. House, which is already on recess until September. It is expected to face a tougher battle in the Senate, but “there’s a strong feeling on the conservative side that they’d like to codify this nationally,” says Melvin Wilson, social justice and human rights manager for the National Association of Social Workers, which opposes the amendment.

Getting Older Without Family
The CPA Journal
To determine the living arrangement most suitable to the elderly person’s needs, it may be advisable to consult a geriatric care manager (GCM). This professional can assess the medical, psychological, and personal needs of the elderly person and connect with needed resources. A GCM can be found through the Aging Life Care Association (, formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers; the National Association of Social Workers (; and the National Academy of Certified Care Managers ( Individuals may also want to contact their elder care attorney for a referral to a tested and reputable GCM. Geriatric care managers usually charge by the hour; rates vary with their experience and location. A GCM is especially useful for those seniors without family nearby.

Paula Mekkelson is a member:
Lighten Up: Chewing over the troublesome world of those with eating disorders
The Day (New London, CT)
Paula Mekkelsen, a local licensed clinical social worker, specializes in eating disorders, a topic often buried in as our fast-paced world of fads and trends. Mekkelsen is no rookie in the field: she has been an individual counselor and therapist since 1983, currently running a private practice. Mekkelsen’s main focus is on eating disorder recovery, which can be a broad spectrum and ranges from anorexia to bulimia and disorders involving overeating.

How to find the right therapist
NBC News
More often, talk therapy is provided by a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW or LICSW), mental health counselor (LMHC), professional counselor (LPC) or marriage and family therapist (LMFT). All of these professionals are able to provide talk therapy services and have received similar training.

Jonathan White is a member:
Separating Families Could Traumatize Children
The statement by Health and Human Services official Jonathan White, an executive director in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, was a rare public acknowledgment that the Trump administration was well aware that its border crackdown would result in separating families ― and that doing so could cause serious emotional damage. “There’s no question that separation of children from parents entails significant potential for traumatic psychological injury to the child,” said White, who is a licensed clinical social worker, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Physicians are fighting on the front lines of the opioid crisis
American Medical Association
Since it is often hard to find a substance-use counselor to refer patients to, another component is to have a licensed independent clinical social worker on site in the practice. Social workers maintain independence for billing purposes, but their work is fully integrated into the practice.

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