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May 2010
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The Limits of Professional Competence
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Editor’s E-Note

Last year, Social Work Today published an article evaluating children’s advocacy centers (CACs) where social workers, law enforcement officials, prosecutors, medical staff, and other human services personnel work together to investigate allegations of child abuse and provide comprehensive support services to victims and their families. This year, we are revisiting the CAC system and going a step further to analyze the evolution of this proven method and how it has been replicated in creative ways around the country, even internationally, to meet specific community needs.

With the turbulent economy affecting the entire nonprofit sector, the National Children’s Alliance conducted a survey of its members to determine what the impact has been on local chapters, centers, and affiliates and what kinds of creative approaches these organizations and individuals have used to respond to the unexpected financial challenges. The survey found that 30 states are experiencing budget cuts in child protective services, requiring innovative thinking when it comes to maintaining the multidisciplinary team approach to child abuse intervention and prevention.

This month’s E-News Exclusive reports on the creative ways CACs are extending their services domestically and internationally despite an economy still struggling to climb out of a recession.

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E-News Exclusive

Children’s Advocacy Centers Get Creative in a Tough Economy
By Teresa Huizar and Mathias Heck

One creative response of children’s advocacy centers (CACs) to a changing economy has been to co-locate formerly independent CACs with other agencies. The Safe Horizon Jane Barker Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center (JBCAC) in New York has housed its multidisciplinary team approach (MDT) that includes law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors, mental health services, medical professionals, victim advocacy services, and the CAC under one roof, thus decreasing the cost of overhead for each team member.

After five years of planning, the JBCAC opened in 1996 as the nation’s first urban, co-located CAC. As stated by Gena Diacomanolis, senior director of the JBCAC, “Co-location has allowed for the many members of our multidisciplinary team to collaborate in responding to allegations of child abuse in regards to evidence collection, conducting forensic interviews and evaluations, and making vital decisions about the cases at hand. The children and the nonoffending members of their families are ultimately ensured as little trauma and negative impact as possible.”

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Other Social Work News...

Turning on to New Research on Hallucinogens
The New York Times
reports that scientists have won permission to once again study the hallucinogen psilocybin for its potential in treating psychiatric problems and illuminating the nature of consciousness.

Recognizing Depression in Older Adults
Accordingly to the Los Angeles Times, depression in older adults is a condition that can be treated if the signs and symptoms are properly recognized and not just assumed to be a normal part of aging.

TV Program Studied for Portrayal of Drug Culture
National Public Radio reports that HBO’s show The Wire is being studied in college classrooms for its realistic portrayal of drug culture and its far-reaching influence.

Researcher Inspired by Dalai Lama to Study Compassion, Happiness
The Chicago Tribune reports on a Wisconsin neuroscientist with ties to the Dalai Lama, who is studying positive emotions such as kindness, compassion, and happiness.

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