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News Items – January 6, 2011

LPC? LMFT? LCSW? Making sense of some family therapy options
Asheville Citizen-Times
LCSW stands for Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Again, you will need to inquire as to their specific training matches your needs.

Forming Your Final Health Wishes
Ridgecrest Daily Independent
“We recommend that everyone have both forms on file,” added Brenda Autobee-Bigalk, social worker at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. “You are actually giving the patient a gift by following their wishes.

A milestone for Mikulski, the ‘dean’ of Senate women
The Washington Post
“Maybe it’s because she’s a social worker, maybe because she’s a woman – she understands relationships are everything,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). “She helps you see areas of common interest so you can find solutions.”

Judge reconsiders former Germantown youth pastor’s sex offense probation
Business Gazette
Smith recommended Dr. Ronald Weiner, of Clinical & Forensic Associates, PC, one of the only licensed mental-health professionals in Maryland who specializes in working with sexual offenders.  According to the Clinical & Forensic Associates website Weiner has a doctoral degree from the University of Maryland in social welfare and social policy, as well as a master’s degree in social work from Howard University. He is licensed in both Maryland and the District of Columbia as a clinical social worker.

County official responds to caseworkers report
Wayne Independent
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) gave Wayne County a letter grade of “D+.” However, Wayne County Commissioner Wendell Kay said the report does not tell the whole story.

Robeson County is one of most violent in state
Lead researcher Paul Smokowski, a professor in the School of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill, said he chose Robeson County for the grant application after comparing its crime rate with cities across the state and region.

Federal grant aimed at helping Ky. youth
(AP) — Social work faculty and researchers from three Kentucky universities will work with youth groups in hopes of reducing teen pregnancy, violence and transmitted diseases, using a $4.8 million federal grant.

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