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test-taking skills and review the knowledge base of social work. The LERC course includes: test-taking pointers, exam content review, written and oral practice questions, comprehensive manual, and is taught by three faculties over 12 hours.

CEUs available! Registration Fees: $170 for NASW or MSCSW members, $195 for non-members, $25 dis- count for groups of three or more. Optional box lunch is available for $7. Snacks and beverages are provided. Call 651-293-1935 for a bro- chure/registration form.


Please check the new website’s “Publications Page” to see what members’ publications are posted. Send your additions to the work of Anne Gearity, Tamara Kaiser or Ellen Luepker.

The new website address is: www.clinicalsocialworkmn.org.

Clinical News and Research

Change: Our newsletter is now both online and in print!

The MSCSW Newsletter is published two times an- nually: Fall (September) and Winter (February). The newsletter encourages advertising by members, oth- er professional organizations, educational groups, and agencies. All advertising is subject to approval by the Newsletter Committee. We reserve the right to refuse any ad not in keeping with the goals of the Society. Contact Bev Caruso at 612-374-2618, or

fax to 952-920-5891 vCaruso@gmail.com.





We advertise for you and others online. And you should always feel free to send announcements to the membership.

Is happiness contagious? A twenty year study of 4739 participants showed social contagion promotes happiness. Controlling for the variables socioeco- nomic status, marital relationship satisfaction, and happy people choosing each other, researchers found happiness increases by having close “happy” social contacts.

Fowler, J.H., Christakis, N.A. British Medical Journal, 2008 Dec 4, p. 337

Chronic Pain and addiction- The prevalence of chronic pain has been reported to range from 37% to 61% in opioid dependent patients and 16-24 % in substance use disorders. Low pain and consistent pain patients were compared in regard to positive treatment outcomes. The results demonstrated the need for pain assessments in patients with sub- stance use disorders.

Rates: ¼ page.......................... $25.00

Addiction, 2008, Dec. 103

page ......................... $37.50 ½ page.......................... $50.00

Full page..................... $100.00 Classified $10 for 20 words, plus 20¢ for each additional word.

Newsletter Dates & Deadlines:

Poor sleep predicts depression - After adjustment for other contributors to depression risk, sleep dis- turbance predicts depression recurrence. Because sleep disturbance preceded depression onset by substantial periods, researchers feel sleep distur- bance may function as an independent predictor of depression.

Am. J Psychiatry, 2008, Dec, 165

Fall ................ September ........August 15 Winter ........... February............December 15

MSCSW members: Note your membership in the MSCSW offers you one yearly benefit of an announcement or ad- vertisement.

Pollution takes a toll on the brain- Studies world- wide suggest common air pollutants, particulate matter and ozone can negatively affect vocabulary, reaction times and overall intelligence. A recent study in New York City on five year olds exposed to pollutants in the womb exhibited an IQ 4 points lower than those subjected to less pollutants. The IQ change was enough to affect school performance. A

MSCSW Newsletter – Winter 2010

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