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Therapists Shifting From Solo
to Group Practices

According to NPR, health care reform may have more solo therapists going to group practices, but the changes will be challenging.

Several Factors Behind Increase
in ADHD Diagnoses

The New York Times reports on the convergence of sociological, medical, and educational changes over the last 30 years contributing to the upsurge in ADHD diagnoses.

Employee Activity Breaks Therapeutic, Motivational
According to the Los Angeles Times, one medical center’s decision to encourage workout breaks is improving employee wellness.

Veterans With Disabilities
Find Benefits in Wheelchair Sports

The Chicago Tribune reports on wounded veterans involved in wheelchair sports for a physical and mental boost.
Editor's E-Note
November is National Hospice/Palliative Care Month, and while this month’s E-News Exclusive was written by a hospice social worker, all social workers can identify with the inner voices he describes that echo when facing a particularly challenging client or family. The author offers some wisdom about what these moments of self-doubt can teach professionals about courage and trust in human resilience.

We welcome your comments at SWTeditor@gvpub.com. Visit our website at www.SocialWorkToday.com, join our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter.

— Marianne Mallon, editor
E-News Exclusive
Hearing Voices — The Quiet Courage of Hospice Social Workers
By J. Scott Janssen, MSW, LCSW

“Anybody tries touching my grandpa, I’ll kill him.”

Ronnie slammed the door, clicking the lock that separated him and the body of his just deceased grandfather from the rest of us. The house full of family members was suddenly quiet.

Ronnie’s sister gave me a look as if to say, “You’re the social worker. Do some social work.”

His mother appeared ready to explode. “I swear I’ll bury that boy right beside his granddad.”

I took a deep breath, scanning the silent crowd. “Is there anyone he might listen to?” I asked. His mother shook her head, “When he gets like this, he doesn’t listen to anyone.”

All eyes were on me. It appeared I’d been elected.

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Tech & Tools
Drug Abuse Information
for Teens Goes Mobile

Teens and the adults who care for them now can find answers to questions about drug abuse and addiction more easily through smartphones and tablets via the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s updated website. Learn more »

Social Media Engages People
With Chronic Diseases

A study at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City set out to find the best way to boost participation in Facebook chats to raise lupus awareness. Learn more »
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