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News Items – November 7, 2014

[Video] Hilton Foundation Bets Big on Big Data to Understand Trajectories of Transition-Aged Foster Youth
The Chronicle of Social Change
Policy makers, social services administrators and social engineers of all stripes have long grappled with the challenges of understanding how services and experiences during early childhood affect outcomes later in life. Does participating in a nutrition program have an effect on educational achievement? Does receipt of early home health visiting services lower a child’s risk of being involved in the child welfare system?

Tammi Nelson is a member:
Homeless humans
Indiana Daily Student
Tammi Nelson, a licensed clinical social worker and faculty member of the IU School of Social Work, explained the stigma that is associated with homelessness and how to better understand the issue. “Individuals experiencing homelessness are perceived negatively through many inaccurate stereotypes, making this group highly stigmatized,” Nelson said. “Stigma arises out of difference and the fears people have about how those differences are
difficult to understand.”

The author, Shari Botwin, is a member:
Understanding and surviving child abuse
According to the national organization Childhelp, 80 percent of people 21 and over who were abused as children develop psychological disorders, and two-thirds of people in treatment for alcohol or drug abuse survived abuse. I am a survivor of childhood abuse. I am also a licensed clinical social worker who counsels adult survivors of trauma and abuse. For the last 18 years, I have been treating people recovering from eating disorders. Almost 80 percent of my patients report acts of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse by a caretaker or authority figure in childhood.

Mary Larson
Hospice Volunteers: Central Florida Humanitarians
Space Coast Daily
“As necessary when working with terminally ill patients, these volunteers set their own needs aside to ease the burden that patients and families often feel during end-of-life care,” said Mary Larson, a licensed clinical social worker and the volunteer coordinator at Hospice of St. Francis. “They bring happiness, relief and peace and can be relied upon to deliver these gifts humbly and with appreciation for the opportunity to give back.”

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