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NY Times | Medicaid

Most researchers who study the program closely say that it is already quite lean. Major savings, they say, will be hard to achieve without reducing medical benefits or cutting higher-cost patients from the program.

Posted in News on 06/22/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Herald-News

The grant will allow Dr. Alicia McLaughlin to travel to South America to assist with the training of aspiring social work professionals at the University of Guyana to help combat the country’s suicide issues

Posted in News on 06/22/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

NY Times | M Djurica/Reuters

Fixing Britain’s public housing crisis will not be easy. And it’s not likely to happen as long as Mrs. May and her Conservatives are in charge of the government. But the level of public anger right now since the Grenfell disaster is forcing people here to confront the issues of class and race, gentrification and public policy that, it is now clear, can be deadly.

Posted in News on 06/22/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

BBC

Liam died in March 2014 with injuries similar to those those found on road crash victims

Posted in News on 06/22/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Care Appointments | BASW

Although the weakness of the Conservative Party’s mandate makes an early change of Prime Minister or an early election possible, we are taking every opportunity to build relationships and influence new MPs and Ministers now, and to promote our Manifesto.

Posted in News on 06/22/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Science Daily | NUS

Physical frailty is common among the elderly and is strongly associated with cognitive impairment, dementia and adverse health outcomes such as disability, hospitalisation, and mortality.

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New Stateman | Getty

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KHN

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NY Times | L Lannes

If you are an adult victim of sexual assault in Las Vegas, there is only one hospital where you can go to have a rape kit completed. Only two nurses in that hospital have specialized training to do the exam.

Posted in News on 06/21/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

truthout | G Demczuk/NY Times

House Speaker Paul Ryan after speaking at a news conference about Rep. Devin Nunes and health care legislation, on Capitol Hill

Posted in News on 06/21/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Canberra Times | Gugan-Gulwan

It is understood Canberra Indigenous youth centre Gugan Gulwan is working with the government on the review, however chief executive Kim Davidson declined to be interviewed.

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UCLA | G Foulsham

First-year UCLA medical student Matthew Hing listens as social worker Katie Helgason, program manager at the St. Joseph Center in Venice, describes a typical day trying to help the homeless.

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CDC

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Chronicle of Higher Education | New Social Worker

The AAUP voted to censure Spalding University, in Louisville, Ky., based on a conclusion that the private institution’s administrators had violated the academic freedom and tenure rights of Erlene Grise-Owens (above), a Professor of Social Work who had worked there for 18 years. An AAUP committee’s investigation of the professor’s 2016 dismissal characterized it as “a direct result” of her criticisms of the administration’s handling of a student with a troubled history who brought a gun to a campus parking lot and made what Ms. Grise-Owens interpreted as a threat to people there.

Posted in News on 06/20/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Guardian | BASW

The UK Standing Conference for Social Work and Social Workers is meeting for the first time on Monday. It is hosted by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) but has been planned by and engages a wide range of social work organisations – professional groups, user-led organisations, employer organisations, universities, trade unions and regulatory bodies – to collaborate around issues of common interest. Bringing together such diverse stakeholders is a major achievement in itself.

Posted in News on 06/20/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

New Statesman

Improving the lives of ordinary working people and giving them back control of their rights – that’s what all of the major parties should be prioritising this election.

Posted in News on 06/20/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Independent

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truthout | Maxlkt/Edited:LW

The Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that passed the House last month would gut ACA provisions that kept insurance companies from gouging older customers and cut $839 billion from Medicaid over the next decade. The bill would increase private insurance rates for older people with lower incomes and leave 5.1 million people between the ages of 50 and 65 without insurance by 2026, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Posted in News on 06/19/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Science Daily | UW

Among Medicaid patients taking opioids for chronic pain, the risk of fatal overdose rises steadily with daily opioid dose, reports a study.

Posted in News on 06/19/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Observer-Reporter | BS Miller

Of Washington County’s 316 children in foster care last year, “64 percent of the kids came due to parental substance abuse,” said Kimberly Rogers (above), Washington County Children and Youth Services agency administrator

Posted in News on 06/19/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

IFSW

“A great success in building the unity and focus of the profession”

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The Conversation | A Indrarajan/ International AIDS Society

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Common Dreams | Reuters

People have thus far been “unsatisfied by the [government’s] response,” said Mustafa Almansur, who organized the day of mass action after losing a friend in Wednesday’s fire. Protesters entered the town hall building to “find the executives and make them answer our questions,” he added.

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NY Times | A Buchanan/AFP/Getty

A Labour Party campaign rally in Glasgow, Scotland

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In These Times | K Cedno/Corbis/Getty

Day laborers often wait for several unpaid hours, hoping for an employer to engage them with work.

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The Conversation | Guardian

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Longreads | K Reigstad

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WSWS

The fire that consumed Grenfell Tower block in west London early Wednesday morning has fuelled outrage among local residents and community groups, whose warnings of serious fire hazards were repeatedly ignored by council authorities.

Posted in News on 06/18/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Buenos Herald | M Brindicci/Reuters

Residents like Jorgelina Cardozo, who runs a free food pantry in the southern suburb of Florencio Varela, complain that Macri’s welfare workers are looking for quick photo opportunities rather than long-term improvement.

Posted in News on 06/18/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

BASW

Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014: a critical overview

Posted in News on 06/17/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

KHN

The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home, and he didn’t think he needed any help.

Posted in News on 06/17/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Common Dreams | Pixabay/CCO

Despite the violent action taken by one individual this week, to characterize the progressive resistance standing up to Trump and the Republicans as violent is a total canard. “Virtually all leaders of the American left, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Bernie Sanders, have been deeply committed to nonviolence,” writes Eskow.

Posted in News on 06/17/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

All That Is Solid

The victims of yesterday’s fire at the Grenfell tower in north Kensington are casualties of the class war. There is no other frame, no other explanation that can convincingly thread together the answers to questions about how this unnecessary and entirely avoidable tragedy happened, and why it was allowed to happen.

Posted in News on 06/17/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Deutsche Welle | P Pleul/picture-alliance/dpa

The results varied greatly by country. Denmark, Iceland and Norway, where one in 10 children live in poverty, recorded the best results. By comparison, one-third of children live in relative poverty in Israel and Romania.

Posted in News on 06/17/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Science Daily | Boston Children’s Hospital

In the brain, a synapse (orange) is seen being wrapped around and attacked by immune cells called microglia (green), leading to synapse loss.

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Science Daily | EULAR

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The Conversation | S Sibeko/Reuters

People across Africa don’t have access to mental health professionals. A new community-based approach in Zimbabwe is proving effective.

Posted in News on 06/17/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Viet Nam News T Nhung

An employee of the social work division at Bình Dân Hospital in HCM City’s District 3 assists a patient.

Posted in News on 06/17/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

University of Hawai’i News

“Many of the economic challenges that older women experience stem from inequities that women face earlier in life, including a persistent wage gap, the high cost of child care and a shortage of affordable housing. This builds up over the course of a lifetime and limits women’s ability to lay the foundation for economic security in retirement, especially for the many older single women living without a spouse,” said Dr. Colette Browne (above), Takasaki Endowed Professor in Social Policy at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work.

Posted in News on 06/16/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

truthdig | JD Lasica

A meritocracy? Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos have done little that wouldn’t have happened anyway. All modern U.S. technology started with, and to a great extent continues with, our tax dollars and our research institutes and our subsidies to corporations. Now with his billions Zuckerberg has created a charitable foundation, which in reality is a tax-exempt limited liability company, leaving him free to make political donations or sell his holdings, all without paying taxes.

Posted in News on 06/16/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Metro | Getty

Fires raged for hours at the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road. Metro.co.uk contacted David Lammy, who told us: ‘This is an outrage. We are hearing time and time again how the local authority and property management company ignored the warnings of the residents.

Posted in News on 06/16/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

truthdig | J Westcott/Washington Post

Factory worker Victoria, 57, has attended a seven-week program to try to stop smoking four times in as many years. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to quit but intends to keep trying.

Posted in News on 06/16/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Jacobin | J Hawkes

Every time a tragedy occurs, you can rely on a wave of commentators chiding any attempt to “politicize” the situation. With the Grenfell Tower fire in West London, those voices were prominent immediately. And no wonder: the atrocity was explicitly political. In the richest borough of one of the wealthiest countries in the world, people in social housing, many on low incomes, were killed and injured in a fire that could have been prevented or contained. Rather than diverting blame from those responsible, or treating it as an act of nature, our responsibility is to ask why it occurred.

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Science Daily | CUMSPH

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The Age | N Walker

As Australia’s population ages and with an estimated half a million people predicted to be stricken with dementia by 2025, police and social workers warn that abuse of the elderly is a growing problem and fast-emerging as the little discussed new front of domestic violence.

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De Montfort University Leicester

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The New Yorker | E Richards

Dr. John Aldis, at his home office in Shepherdstown. In 2015, he became the first doctor in West Virginia to offer free public classes to teach anybody—not just first responders and health professionals—how to reverse opioid overdoses with the drug Narcan.

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Science Daily | OSU

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Kings Fund

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KHN | S Luthra

North Carolina legalized syringe exchanges but prohibits the use of public funds to pay for needles. Advocates hope to change that this year, noting it constrains their ability to buy syringes.

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Science Daily | MGH

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truthdig | Mr. Fish

Donald Trump, given the political, economic and cultural destruction carried out by neoliberalism, is not an aberration. He is the result of a market society and capitalist democracy that has ceased to function. An angry and alienated underclass, now making up as much as half the population of the United States, is entranced by electronic hallucinations that take the place of literacy. These Americans take a perverse and almost diabolical delight in demagogues such as Trump that express contempt for and openly flout the traditional rules and rituals of a power structure that preys upon them.

Posted in News on 06/15/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter

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NY Times | P Rogers

Personally, I don’t need research-based evidence to appreciate the value of making and maintaining social connections. I experience it daily during my morning walk with up to three women, then before and after my swim in the locker room of the YMCA where the use of electronic devices is not allowed.

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Mother Jones | J Earnshaw

Ronald Elston holds onto the car door five minutes after his release from St. Clair Correctional Facility on October 5, 2015, after 33 years in prison.

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BBC | Google

Ofsted said “too many children” were not having their “risks recognised” or were remaining in situations of “actual risk of significant harm for too long”

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Guardian | Project 17

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NY Times | D Yalkin

According to data from the National Institute of Mental Health, some 38 percent of girls ages 13 through 17, and 26 percent of boys, suffer from an anxiety disorder.

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UFT

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The Conversation | Reuters

The displacement has exacerbated an already deep and growing spatial divide between rich and poor in Sydney. The social mix that was a feature of Millers Point has been obliterated along with its rich history.

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Sixth Tone

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truthout | E Olumhense

A woman and child sit in a van destined for upstate to a New York state correctional facility, as the van waits on last-minute passengers to board

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ScienceDaily | University of Illinois at Chicago

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Guardian | S Yeater/AP

How did we get here? To answer that, you have to go back to 1986 and the work of an eccentric and powerful California politician, John “Vasco” Vasconcellos (above). That year, the Democrat Vasconcellos managed to persuade a deeply sceptical Republican state governor to fund a three-year task force to explore the value of self-esteem. Vasco was convinced that low self-esteem was the source of a huge array of social issues, including unemployment, educational failure, child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness and gang warfare. He became convinced that raising the population’s self-esteem would act as a “social vaccine”, saving the state billions.

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NY Times | K Shadmi

Has the US handed children’s education over to tech sleaze?

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Longreads | R Roye/NY Times

Farish Street in Jackson, MS

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Irish Examiner

Department of Social Protection figures show 10,867 people were sanctioned for failing to engage with the job activation schemes last year. That compares to 1,519 last year. The figure has increased every year since and so far 34,030 have been penalised. This year, 5,822 jobseekers have been affected. Current Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar (and likely new Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of the Irish government) says penalty rates were introduced “as a means of encouraging jobseekers to engage with activation measures and co-operate with efforts of the department to assist them in securing employment”.

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Jacobin | R Mattoo

Democratizing the economy means challenging the most important fundamental of capitalist economics: the primacy of private ownership. In particular, private ownership of capital, of all the things — the buildings, the machines, the tools, the hardware, and the software — that we use to make other things. Without a say in how tools are used, workers themselves become passive tools. Being able to actively participate in decision-making and ownership go hand in hand. Democratizing means taking ownership.

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ScienceDaily | Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Science

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In These Times | JL Clendenin/LA Times/Getty

For many progressives, rather than racking up immediate wins, experimenting with the nature of “the resistance”—figuring out what works over the long run, where to invest resources, and how to relate to and transform the Democratic Party—seems to be what this moment is about. Above: “I’m supporting Kimberly Ellis because she’s been working with the organizers,” says Gilbert Feliciano, who wants Democrats to ensure “a more socialist society where people have a safety net for basic issues: water, healthcare, education.”

Posted in News on 06/12/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Arkansas Online

Disillusioned with his job as a claims representative for the Social Security Administration, Mark Krain left his native New York City for graduate school in the Midwest. He followed his passion, earning two advanced degrees and spending 38 years teaching social work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Above: Dr. Krain

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Southern Miss Now | USM

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The Nation | Rex Features/AP

 Before billionaire Tom Barrack chaired Trump’s inaugural committee, his company was moving to evict a third of its tenants in one Atlanta-area county. This is Making America Great Again?

Posted in News on 06/12/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

IFSW

As politicians come and go, we need to remind them that economic health is only achievable with social health. Christine’s dedication to helping people transform their lives is her legacy to social workers around the world.

Posted in News on 06/12/2017 | Link to this post on IFP

Common Dreams | Getty

Senator Bernie Sanders: People in the U.K., the U.S. and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people, not just the 1%. I congratulate Jeremy Corbyn for running a very positive and effective campaign.

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News returns 6/12

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truthout | M McGarvey/NY Times

DeVos wants to give tax dollars to private schools and businesses and call it an education “transformation.”

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NY Times | O Freeman

For more than a generation, instead of forging a path to reconciliation, we have allowed the wounds the war inflicted on our nation, our politics and our families to fester. The troubles that trouble us today — alienation, resentment and cynicism; mistrust of our government and one another; breakdown of civil discourse and civic institutions; conflicts over ethnicity and class; lack of accountability in powerful institutions — so many of these seeds were sown during the Vietnam War. . . . If we can unpack this enormously complicated event, immerse ourselves in it and see it with fresh eyes, we might come to terms with one of the most consequential, and most misunderstood, events in our history and perhaps inoculate ourselves against the further spread of the virulent disunion that afflicts us.

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LA Times | M Reynolds/EPA

Budget director Mick Mulvaney waves a copy of the president’s budget proposal during Senate testimony this week.

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The Conversation | K Ludbrook/EPA

The Eastern Cape is South Africa’s most conservative province when it comes to attitudes about homosexuality. Even in spaces that might be considered more liberal – like university campuses – gender non-conforming students and those who belong to sexual minorities face open discrimination.

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Garden&Gun | B Phelps

Rings found in the rubble of Faye McKinney’s home after a night of terror in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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PNS

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Longreads | M Carlaw

In this oral history, a produce truck driver and former lettuce worker recounts the sexual harassment she faced while working in the fields of Salinas Valley, California. Above: Farmworkers tending rows of lettuce in California.

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New Republic | M Ceuppens

Employers exercise vast control over our lives, even when we’re not on the job. How did our bosses gain power that the government itself doesn’t hold?

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lohud

Social worker Nicole Benjamin (above) wants to represent Yonkers on the Westchester County Legislature.

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JRF

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Irish Times | HSE

In a statement to be delivered to the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday, the social worker alleges the HSE has continuously sought to hide the ongoing failures by the organisation.

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PRI | Perana

Reading at the Naunihal shelter

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Seton Hall University

Seton Hall Associate Professor Widian Nicola organized the trip. She said, “This event gave our students the opportunity to engage in domestic and global conversations about pressing and relevant social work issues.

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World Socialist Web Site | Flipboard

All of the promises to address this humanitarian crisis—from Republican Governor Rick Snyder and President Barack Obama to Democratic and Republican officials at the state and local level—have come to nothing. More than 20,000 residences are still hooked up to lead service lines and most of the city’s corroded water mains remain in place. Claiming the water is safe, Snyder has stopped subsidizing residents’ water bills and is ending the state’s bottled water program.

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Health Affairs

According to a February 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fact sheet, estimated annual HIV infections in the United States declined 18 percent overall from 2008 to 2014.

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NY Times | HI Mohammed/Reuters

Saudi women during a visit by Melania Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this month. “The patriarchal and extreme Saudi mentality views women as property which belongs to the state and the family.”

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NYU: SSSW

Dr. Guterman was most recently the Dean of the School of Social Service Administration and the Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor at the University of Chicago. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on child abuse and neglect and children’s exposure to violence more broadly. The primary focus of Guterman’s most recent research has been on advancing services to prevent children’s victimization before it occurs. He is the author of Stopping Child Maltreatment Before it Starts: Emerging Horizons in Early Home Visitation Services (2001), and co-editor of the forthcoming reference volume, Child Maltreatment Prevention.

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Pridesource | CUNY: KCC

Dr. Lourdes Follins is an Associate Professor at Kingsborough Community College/CUNY

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Daily Herald | R West

Elgin school social worker Mary Abbott, who was recently named the 2017 Illinois Social Worker of the Year. writes of the challenges facing her profession today. One is the number of students living with multiple traumas.

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Brighton-Pittsfod Post | J Freedman

“Ted Studebaker and I became friends when we were fellow social work students at Florida State University. After we received our master of social work degrees in 1969, Ted, a conscientious objector whose draft board told him he could do alternative service in America, volunteered with Vietnam Christian Service to go to Vietnam.”

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The Conversation | PA

Floral tributes left outside St Ann’s Church, Manchester

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