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News Items – January 26, 2012

United Way Honors Middlesex County Volunteers
A retired licensed clinical social worker who served as a child welfare program supervisor, caseworker and district director for the state, McRae also formerly served as administrative director at Middlesex Hospital’s Mental Health Clinic.

Interview and inquire to find a therapist who’s a good fit
Kansas City Star
An Internet search for umbrella organizations also can lead the way: the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers, for example.

ACLU Hoping To Stop Anti Domestic Partner Benefits Law
And Maxine Thome, with the National Association of Social Workers, sees the law as discriminating against homosexual couples because in Michigan they can’t legally marry to get insurance for their partners.

Forget the Shame and Other Advice For Facing Addictions
By Ben Feldheim Editor’s Note: This article is not meant to replace treatment by a professional therapist, psychiatrist or licensed clinical social worker. Consolidated High School District 230 isn’t the only entity in the area looking to raise awareness of drug and alcohol among area teens and young adults.

Social Work Degree Guides’ Provides Students with Advice
Middle East North Africa Financial Network
One type of degree program that is appealing for a wide variety of reasons is a masters in social work. People who have earned a social work degree typically qualify for many different types of interesting and fulfilling careers.

Half of social workers feel ‘powerless’ to prevent child neglect
The Guardian
More than half of social workers feel “powerless” to intervene in suspected cases of child neglect, according to an annual review into child neglect. The key finding was from research by the children’s charity Action for Children in partnership with the University of Stirling, which was based on interviews with more than 4,000 people including social care professionals, local authorities and the public.

At last, a documentary that presents social work in all its complex glory
The Guardian
The degree of access the programme-makers got to the families and social work practice is remarkable. They repay this by providing a vivid depiction of what it is like to be a social worker going into family homes, checking for signs of neglect, being confronted by dangerous dogs, and poor, sometimes disgusting, home conditions.

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