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Members in the News – August 29, 2023

Ada Deer was a member of NASW-WI and a social work pioneer:
Ada Deer Was an Epic Figure in US History
The Nation
Ada Deer knew injustice. Even more importantly, she knew how to address injustice. Born into the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin in 1935, Deer, who died on Tuesday at age 88, came of age in the 1950s, as the US Congress was pursuing a cruel strategy of ending recognition of tribes and actively undermining their sovereignty. She saw through the lies that underpinned the federal government’s “termination” agenda, rejected the pressure to abandon historic commitments and values, and set out to bend the arc of history toward justice for indigenous peoples. Eventually, she and her allies succeeded in writing a new chapter in the history of Native Americans.

Kristen Lee is a member of NASW-RI:
3 Ways to Become Psychologically Rich
Psychology Today
New research shows that the relentless pursuit of happiness might not be yielding the return on investment we’re promised. Happiness propaganda baits us to think we can unequivocally radiate with all-good vibes, no dark emotions, and boundless positive energy if we just summon the willpower to turn that frown upside down. Even after binge-reading every last happiness book, repeating affirmative mantras with the fullest fervor, and mustering up as much gratitude as humanly possible, life remains hard, especially when our time and energy are misdirected toward the relentless pursuit of perfect bliss.

Amy Salgado is a member of NASW-CA:
How L.A.’s young, queer Latinos are redefining gender roles
LA Times
It may seem like they are not fulfilling the gender roles expected of them, thus letting their family down. This conflict can generate feelings of internal pressure and a struggle to reconcile personal authenticity with familial acceptance. Amy Salgado, a California-based licensed clinical social worker, said that in addition to the emotional challenges, Latino queer youth encounter practical obstacles too.

Lisa Ferentz is a member of NASW-MD:
Gaslighting phrases people say to manipulate you
Gaslighters do or say something offensive and then deny it ever happened in order to sow self-doubt in the victim, a licensed clinical social worker said Lisa Ferentz who specializes in treating trauma. “The victim begins to question their instincts and relies more and more on the ‘reality’ created and manipulated by the perpetrator,” she said. “It also reinforces the sense of dependency on the abuser.”

Scott Granet is a member of NASW-CA:
Whitney Port, ‘Barbie’ and the truth about ‘too thin’
“Certainly being too thin can have very serious medical consequences, as well as serious cognitive as well as emotional consequences too, so I do think that saying something can be very important,” says Scott M. Granet, licensed clinical social worker at The OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California wonders.

Sarita Trawick is a member of NASW-OR:
Breaking the stigma: ADHD can make rejection feel even worse
The Sentinel-News
But there is a misconception that people with ADHD lack the ability to pay attention. That’s just not true, according to licensed clinical social worker Sarita E. Trawick. “The people that have ADHD often can actually hyper-focus on something that they’re interested in,” said Trawick, who sees clients in Kentucky and Oregon. Pairing an activity or area of interest with the boring or difficult task can help, she said.

Tracy Ross is a member of NASW-NYC:
10 ‘Pink Flags’ To Pay Attention To In Relationships
“Pink flags are those things that you notice, that nag at you,” said Tracy Ross, a licensed clinical social worker specializing in couples and family therapy. “Maybe the first or second time you push them away, but after a few times, you begin to pay attention and ask yourself, ‘Is this a flag that could be a deal breaker, or am I imagining it or overreacting, or is this something that can be addressed?’” Pink flags tend to more subtle and less serious, but they can still pose some risk to a relationship.

Lynette Spencer is a member of NASW-IL:
Opinion | Fear-fueled fictions: When anxious assumptions lead us astray
Shaw Local News Network
Anxiety disorders often go unnoticed, potentially causing detrimental consequences in relationships, education and work. A prevalent issue born from a blend of anxiety and life experience is assumption-making. This tendency is succinctly captured in the adage, “When you assume, you make an _____ out of you and me.” Most readers easily will fill in the blank, and none of us want to be the object of that sentence.

Sarah Breen is a member of NASW-CA:
Why Therapists Say That ‘Being Alone Together’ (AKA Parallel Play) Can Majorly Strengthen Your Relationship
Well + Good
Parallel play encompasses that middle ground. By creating space for each of you to pursue your own interests while also appreciating each other’s company, parallel play “can facilitate both increased independence and closeness between partners,” says psychotherapist Sarah E. Breen, LCSW. There’s a certain kind of comfort in knowing that you’re free to do your own thing, but also, your partner is right there next to you, if you need or want anything; it’s not about ignoring each other so much as it is allowing room for solo pursuits with the option for you to engage intermittently.

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.”

Debbie Scott is a member of NASW-HI:
Massive mental health toll in Maui wildfires: ‘They’ve lost everything’
“They’ve lost family, they’ve lost their pets. They’ve lost everything,” says south Maui clinical social worker Debbie Scott. She says for some who had to flee the flames, the initial shock is now giving way to wrenching anxiety, nightmares, anxiety, depression and sometimes anger, as the depth of the trauma settles in.

Jocelyn Thompson is a member of NASW-CA:
MIND Institute gets $4.7 million NIMH grant to test autism intervention in community
UC Davis Health
“This partnership will help us disseminate best practices amongst clinicians in our field, improve outcomes for kids and enhance caregiver support and training,” said Jocelyn Thompson, a clinical social worker and behavior analyst who is vice president of autism services at LEARN Behavioral. “We hope it leads to the best care possible for those with autism and their families.”

Dana Dorfman is a member of NASW-NYC:
Fairfield, school officials team up to raise mental health awareness
The Middletown Press
Dana Dorfman, a social worker based in New York City, will speak at Fairfield Warde High School for the first event, titled “Parenting Teens in the Age of Anxiety” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 13. Five more monthly speaker events will take place from October through March, excluding December, on topics including substance abuse, eating disorders, depression and suicide, male mental health and online activity.

Amy Wilson is a member of NASW-NC:
Unique tiny homes village aims to help people facing mental illness
Scripps News
“The design of the homes is actually based on research by Dr. Amy Wilson and with the UNC School of Social Work,” she said, “and her research on people with serious mental illness talked about how the space can either contribute to or take away from someone’s mental health.” With that in mind, some of the one-bedroom homes face the street, while others are parallel to it to help provide a sense of privacy.

Anthony Nave is a member of NASW-CT:
A Parallel Recovery: Families Healing From Addiction
Psychology Today
A common saying at our treatment center is that we all know a loved one, either a friend or family member, who struggles with addiction. Provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 2022 is predicting another year of over 100,000 overdose deaths from drugs in the United States.

Jamie Fujimoto is a member of NASW-HI:
Mental health workers hoping a change to the laws will get more therapists licensed
Mental health therapists predict a growing need for talk therapy. Jamie Fujimoto, LCSW, is a clinical therapist with a practice on O’ahu. “I think there’s going to be a great need for therapy and therapists,” she asserts. Fujimoto says every single client she has right now is telling her they’re affected by the fires. “People have loved ones, family, close friends directly affected by the fires. Some don’t know anyone, but there’s still depression with this happening so close to home. It’s affecting so many people,” she continues.

Kelsie Tobias is a member of NASW-IL:
Not all screen time is created equally
Illinois Times
It is necessary and healthy for parents to have some control over online content and screen time for their children under 18. And the good news is, it is fairly easy to do. First and foremost, parents can prevent exposure to screen time risks by prolonging the purchase of a cellphone for their younger children. In lieu of a phone to deal with, parents can then focus efforts on setting limits on any other device used in the home, such as a smart TV, tablet, gaming device or computer. 

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