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News Items – January 11, 2013

Cancer: An Uninvited Visitor, a Bearer of Gifts
Huffington Post (blog)
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW. In June of 2012, cancer came to call. Over the next six months, I watched my brave husband, Daniel, face surgery and then round after round of healing “poison,” a witch’s brew that would hopefully extend his life.

20 social worker jobs added to handle growing abuse cases
Ventura County Star
Jobs for 20 social workers will be added to deal with rising child abuse cases and improve staffing levels, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday. The number of children under supervision has grown 30 percent in an 18-month period ending in June, said Barry Zimmerman, director of the Human Services Agency.

Study says female binge drinking overlooked
The Independent Florida Alligator
Joan Scully, a substance abuse coordinator and licensed clinical social worker at UF Counseling and Wellness Center, said the first step to recognizing binge drinking as an illness is to lower the stigma that comes with addiction.

A new type of therapy
Sand Mountain Reporter
Leah Gunter Lucas, a licensed clinical social worker, and marriage and family therapist Lindsay Gunter Taylor are partnering with Anita Duncan and the ranch to implement Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program.

Social worker Breneman announces Erie County Council run
Jay Breneman, an Erie social worker, has announced his candidacy for Erie County Council’s 4th District seat. Breneman, 30, of Erie, plans to challenge incumbent and fellow Democrat Ronald Cleaver for the seat in the May 21 municipal primary.

Things to Do for Kids When They Are Angry
Anger is a difficult emotion because it feels big and out of control to kids and even adults, says Jennifer Kogan, a licensed independent clinical social worker and parenting blogger for the Washington Post. Your own anxiety and intense feelings get magnified when your child is emotional.

Body Confidence is the New Weight Loss Resolution
Judith Matz, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker, the director of the Chicago Center for Overcoming Overeating, Inc., and co-author of The Diet Survivors Handbook and Beyond the Shadow of a Diet. She has contributed to DailyHap on the topic of weight loss.

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