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News Items – May 10, 2012

Experts say parents infect their children with racial ignorance
Medill Reports
Professor Gary Bailey, of Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, said families and communities are the first point of entry into how people see or experience much of the world, which can foster the first beliefs on racism.

2 Social Workers Honored For Saving Baby’s Life After Stabbing
CBS Local
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A surprise honor for two social services workers who helped save the life of a baby. They took swift action after the infant’s mom stabbed her during a supervised visit. Mike Hellgren spoke to the social worker who was in the room when things turned out of control.

Before bloodshed in Gilbert, signs of abuse inside home
The relationship between Ready and Mederos displayed a familiar pattern, said Carl Mangold, a licensed social worker who has counseled more than 3,500 men convicted of abuse in Arizona: A man prone to violence blames the victim; she attempts to resist, and his abuse escalates; she attempts to end the relationship, and he punishes her for her defiance.

Therapy of a Different Sort
New York Times (blog)
Ms. Wilson, the clinical social worker and psychoanalyst who leads this monthly discussion (she recorded the most recent, with members’ permission, so that I could listen in), has never called it a therapy group. She refers to it as a workshop.

10 Stressful Jobs With Low Pay
San Francisco Chronicle
Social Worker Many who are employed in helping professions would probably agree that they are typically overworked and undervalued. According to CNNMoney, Social workers earn a median salary of $43200 per year.

Wash. to pay $2.9M to sex abuse victim
The Seattle Times
Washington state has agreed to pay nearly $2.9 million to a woman who said she was sexually abused by her father following an inadequate investigation into her case by social workers. The Associated Press No comments have been posted to this article.

Events lined up for National Foster Care Month
Chicago Tribune
Social workers attempt to foster relations between children and more distant relatives before putting them into homes with unrelated foster parents. Children 15 and older may need foster care, too. Even children ready to graduate might want a relationship with foster families so they have a place to call home.

Three Decades of Helping People
The Wall Street Journal
When Froma Benerofe went back to college later in life to become a social worker, she did so with the same motivation of a person decades younger: She wanted to help people heal. That motivation, drawn in part from the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, or to repair the world, is something that Ms. Benerofe sees in most every social worker she meets.

Priest was known for her lifelong passion for social justice
The Baltimore Sun
Mary-Marguerite Kohn, the popular co-rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church who was an outspoken advocate for social justice, died Saturday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of gunshot wounds she suffered Thursday in a double shooting at her Ellicott City church. The Relay resident was 62.

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