News Items – April 9, 2013

In Pittsburgh, an Effort to Bring Down the Black Community’s Infant Mortality Rate
WESA
Valire Copeland, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, has worked as a consultant for Healthy Start teaching workers cultural competencies so they can build trust with the women they visit.

Rochdale and Beyond: My Immersion in Social Work
Salem-News.Com
(SALEM) – How did a professional editor get to enter a second career and turn to social work? It’s an ideal question to ask, and to answer, during March which happens to be National Social Work Month. Here I shall unfold my personal story for all to explore.

Maine Bill Would Allow Electronic Tracking of Domestic Violence Suspects
MPBN News
Susan Lamb has seen and heard plenty of evidence that there are porblems with the state’s existing domestic abuse laws. Lamb, who serves as executive director of the National Association of Social Workers‘ Maine chapter says the stories are often similar.

Center moves to new home
Bowling Green Daily News
“Our goal is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to our clients and to ultimately improve the overall health of our community,” said Nita Mangum, program director of Behavioral Health Services and licensed clinical social worker.

Fairfax County schools could face shortage of mental health clinicians
Washington Post
This year, the ratio in Fairfax schools is one psychologist and one social worker per 2,200 general-education students. Most high schools, which average between 2,400 and 2,700 students, have only one school psychologist and one social worker.

Five myths about stress
Washington Post
Dana Becker, a professor of social work at Bryn Mawr College, is the author of “One Nation Under Stress: The Trouble With Stress as an Idea.” Stress is seemingly everywhere, a reaction to woes as disparate as war-induced trauma and the battle against rush-hour traffic.

Troubled girls get safe place to stay
San Antonio Express
“We’re the next step in many people who have tried to help this girl,” said John Moon, a licensed clinical social worker who’s already begun to treat the youths. “Everybody gets a little nervous when you mention her name, but she’s quite delightful, and happy to be coming here.”

Louise Shoemaker, 87, retired dean at Penn
Philly.com
She was a charter member of the National Association of Social Workers. Other interests included tennis, Scrabble, and the life of her congregation at University Lutheran Church in West Philadelphia. Bauman, a friend of long standing, said Dr. Shoemaker would be remembered for her integrity and her “enormous heart.”

Chantel’s story – the death state social workers couldn’t prevent
MyNorthwest.com
On September 19, 2012 the social worker and supervisor involved with the case decided to close the investigation “because the family still could not be located, and the investigation had extended far beyond the standard investigative time frame.”

Mental health care HCRS staffs the front line of the battle against mental illness
Brattleboro Reformer
“We developed the first police social worker program in the state about 10 years ago,” said George Karabakakis, HCRS’ chief operating officer. “That program began in Bellows Falls and is designed to interrupt the cycle of serious personal challenges that our clients face. The idea is to be proactive, reaching them at an earlier point in time.”

Associate professor researches to improve veteran integration
UTA The Shorthorn
Alexa Smith-Osborne, associate professor of social work, chats with students at the Student Veteran Organization’s monthly evening meeting Tuesday at University Center Starbucks. Smith-Osborne created a veteran social work class to teach students how to help veterans readjust to being back home.

Social workers urge Calvo to appoint board members
Pacific Daily News
Gov. Eddie Calvo signed a bill into Public Law 31-250 on Dec. 10, 2012, creating the board, according to Ovita Rebanio Perez, former president of the National Association of Social Workers Guam Chapter. Since then, the association has submitted a list of names of five social workers but hasn’t received a response.

Child abuse prevention requires collective efforts
The Fort Hood Sentinel
Keith Washington, department chief of social work for Carl R. Darnell Army Medical Center, speaks to Soldiers, civilians and Family members during the 2013 Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation Ceremony Wednesday at III Corps Headquarters.

High school students to paint mural in honor of social workers
Wichita State Sunflower
Grant said the idea was jointly created and meant to highlight the work of social work. The murals design will bear the words, “WSU social work coming full circle,” and feature handprints of the students across the mural.

‘Farmer personality,’ constant stress among risk factors
Agri-View
Marshfield Clinic clinical social worker Patty Faber knows how tough farming can often be, having grown up on a beef farm in Missouri. When the stress gets to be too much, there’s nothing to be ashamed of in seeking help, she says.

Guest Voice: Let’s give shout-out to social workers
GoErie.com
Social workers build upon the client’s strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan to achieve goals. A licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) has a master’s degree and is specially trained to provide mental health services. They can diagnose and treat emotional problems one on one and in group therapies.

Leona Coren Kornfeld, 90, social worker
Philly.com
Leona Coren Ellick Kornfeld, 90, a Philadelphia social worker and advocate for those with AIDS and mental-health needs, died Saturday, March 23, of dementia and advanced age at Chandler Hall, a nursing home in Newtown, Bucks County.

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