Sacred Heart to host carnival today
Sacred Heart Catholic Church will host its annual Halloween Carnival at 5 p.m. today at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 254 East Fifth Ave.
A smothered burrito dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost for dinner will be $7 for adults and $5 for children.
The games and cake walk will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., and bingo with prizes will start at 7 p.m. A costume contest for ages newborn to 11 years will start at 7 p.m. A quilt raffle drawing will be held at 8:30 p.m. A Country Store also will be open.
For more information, call 247-3997.
Gay debate mires rules for Neb. counselors
LINCOLN, Neb. – A coalition of social workers, psychologists and family therapists demanded Monday that the state adopt rules that would require certain mental-health professionals to offer referrals to gay patients if they refuse to treat them because of religious beliefs.
Jim Cunningham, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, has said psychologists, therapists and other licensed counselors should be able to refuse to treat clients because of religious or moral convictions and not have to refer them to another therapist.
Terry Werner, who heads the Nebraska chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, said such referrals are already required in the code of ethics that governs each profession in the group.
But he said the state’s Division of Public Health has yet to adopt the same language for so-called licensed independent mental-health practitioners, a position the Legislature created in 2007.
The new independent position allows qualified mental-health practitioners who serve as counselors, social workers and therapists to diagnose and treat mental illnesses without formal medical supervision.
Werner said the proposed regulations have been untouched by the Division of Public Health since mid-2010.
Herald Staff and Associated Press