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Members in the News – August 18, 2023

Nancy Kislin is a member of NASW-NJ:
Cents and Sensibility: 10 Tips for Helping Your Teen
Psychology Today
As your child prepares to embark on their college journey, it’s crucial to have open and honest discussions about finances. College is an exciting time, but it can also be a stressful and overwhelming experience, especially when it comes to money. As a parent, you want to make sure your teen is equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to manage their finances responsibly. These ten tips can help guide your teen toward financial independence and responsibility.

Ohio Supreme Court sets date for arguments in abortion appeal
Ohio Capital Journal
The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments next month in a case regarding the indefinitely paused six-week abortion ban as it also decides whether to intervene in the November abortion ballot initiative process.… The national and Ohio chapter of the National Association of Social Workers also wrote an argument against the ban to the court, decrying “government interference” in individual medical decisions.

Rebekah Gewirtz is executive director of NASW-MA:
How some police departments are rethinking 911 call responses
BECKER: Yet some mental health providers say police should not be involved at all in most behavioral health calls. Rebekah Gewirtz, head of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She cites data from civilian-only alternative response teams showing that those alternatives can lower costs and reduce the number of tragic outcomes. GEWIRTZ: Too much of our attention is focused on this co-response model. I think we should be thinking about how we can promote, support and fund alternative response where people who are in a mental health crisis get a mental health response.

Jill Goodfriend is a member of NASW-CA:
When A Pet Dies, How Can You Find Comfort?
“Mourning her absence was breathtaking in a literal sense; it took the wind out of me,” writes Sara Bader about the grief she felt with the death of her best friend. She was not talking about a person; she was writing about her cat, Snowflake, a constant and faithful companion. Pets are like our family, so when one dies the loss can feel immeasurable. But often, society places little value on that grief: “It’s just an animal. Why don’t you get another?” Yet, the death of a faithful, longtime companion, whether dog, cat, bird or other creature, great or small, can leave a void that is hard to fill. We’ll talk about grieving our pets and how to help them across the rainbow bridge.

Tracy Ross is a member of NASW-NYC:
7 Sneaky Signs Of Resentment In Relationships
“Pay attention to shifts in communication and in how you express yourselves and react to one another,” said Tracy Ross, a licensed clinical social worker specialising in couples and family therapy. “Is there more sarcasm, more edginess or a negative tone?” Take a look at what might be happening beneath the surface if you detect changes in the tone, frequency or style of your communication with your partner.

Najamah Davis is a member of NASW-NJ:
6 House Rules You Need to Set With Adult Children
Best Life
In some cases, adult children may be welcome to stay in the family home for as long as they need or want. However, if this is not the case, it’s best to set your expectations about the length of stay up front, says Najamah Davis, MSW, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker. “If a parent or parents have a length of stay in mind, discuss this with your adult child,” she tells Best Life. “Establishing an agreed length of stay will encourage independence, manage expectations, and promote progress.”

Marsha Ganter is a member of NASW-PA:
At Reading Elementary School, Governor Shapiro Hosts Ceremonial Budget Bill Signing to Fund Universal Free Breakfast and Historic Investments in Public Education
PA Governor’s Office
“I am very excited to be here today to hear about the historic investments that have been passed and made in our K-12 public schools and to talk about how important it is for us to have universal breakfast for students so they can start their day with the energy needed to grow,” said Reading School District Social Worker Marsha Ganter. “Children need nutritious food on a consistent basis to learn and grow to their potential. Universal school breakfast is a huge step in the right direction for all the students in Pennsylvania and we thank Governor Shapiro for your work advocating that this program continue.”

Mary Jacobus is a member of NASW-NYC:
‘These Old Guys?’ Short on Lifeguards, New York City Finds New Recruits
The New York Times
It was there that Mr. Kalmann met Mary Jacobus, a 65-year-old public school social worker who was retiring in July, and Liang Sung, who, at 66, was looking for something to keep him busy after losing his Chinese-language news job in 2020. They trained alongside 81 others, many of them teenagers. All the workouts and training in the pools proved exhausting. “We’re really old to do this job,” Mr. Sung said. Initially, Ms. Jacobus’s friends warned her that it was too dangerous and pointed out that she would be working more hours as a lifeguard than she did as a social worker.

Katey Doyle is a member of NASW-VT:
Vt. mental health system not prepared for flood trauma, experts say
Following a disaster, many people experience stress, anxiety and depression. And while that is perfectly normal, experts don’t know if Vermont’s mental health system is ready to accommodate those needing help after July’s flood. In Londonderry, most people are still cleaning up their basements and reopening their stores. Jelley’s Deli remains closed. Social worker Katey Doyle of Neighborhood Connections checks in on residents in the town. “You go into your everyday life thinking, OK, I got this, and then you get hit with some sort of disaster and then it really just throws your head into a whole whirlwind,” Doyle said.

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