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News Items – August 22, 2018

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Robert Edmundson is a member:
With new law in effect, gambling addiction a concern
The Dominion Post
Robert Edmundson, clinical social worker and associate professor at WVU, also said those addicted to gambling can have the same behaviors as other addictions. “Problem gambling is one that’s called a process addiction, which is not involved with alcohol or drug addiction, but nonetheless has many of the same qualities as those addictive behaviors,” Edmundson said. The Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia was established in 2000, and has taken more than 2,000 calls in Monongalia County, alone.

Will Francis is government relations director for NASW-TX:
To address mental health, reduce Texas’ uninsured rate
In recent years, Texas leaders on both sides of the aisle have increasingly recognized the need for the state to improve policies to support Texans – both adults and children – with mental health challenges. On the eve of last year’s state legislative session, for example, the Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health issued a report emphasizing the importance of addressing mental health in Texas, concluding: “Because mental health affects so many segments of our daily lives (i.e. education, medical care, health insurance, criminal justice, homelessness, etc.), it is absolutely one of the most critical areas of concern facing Texas today.”

Steve Burton a past president of NASW-WV:
First responders battling opioid epidemic should be celebrated
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Today’s police officers and firefighters face circumstances never seen before. On top of their “normal,” everyday work responsibilities, they now are in the cusps of a crippling drug epidemic that wears on their patience and psyches. But much like soldiers at war, these brave professionals face this challenge head on. They continue to fight crime, Narcan drug overdose victims and make Charleston a safer place for each of us to live, work and play.

NASW-GU is cited:
Social workers’ association to hold planning session
The Guam Daily Post
The National Association of Social Workers Guam Chapter is calling on social workers to attend an upcoming strategic planning session. The session is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Somnak Ballroom of the Westin Resort Guam in Tumon. The association will focus on the following focal points: Social work licensure on Guam; Social justice advocacy; Professional development; Community engagement and technology.

Jillian Gilchrest is a member:
Gilchrest Topples 12-Term Incumbent Fleischmann In 18th House District; Gonzalez Race Up In The Air
Hartford Courant
In West Hartford, former school board member Jillian Gilchrest toppled 12-term incumbent Andrew Fleischmann in the 18th House District, which includes the northeastern part of town. Fleischmann called Gilchrest to concede and said he would support her in the general election. Gilchrest, 36, credited her team, whom she said fought hard to claim victory despite long odds. “We were told we couldn’t and we achieved it,” she said. “I think that the Democratic party here in the state should be inspired by this because it shows that people are energized and engaged.”

NASW-OK is cited:
ECU student named to state Social Work Board
The Ada News
It’s only fitting that East Central University Social Work Student of the Year and double scholarship winner Rebekah Byrd has attained a position that will allow her to represent undergraduate students across Oklahoma. A native of Tulsa, where she was a homeschool student, Byrd will serve as BSW student representative for the Oklahoma chapter of the 2018 National Association of Social Workers Board of Directors.

Andrea Schneider is a member:
7 Self-Care Strategies To Help Manage Trauma, According To Experts
Self-care is vital to trauma survivors because, by the nature of trauma, a person’s neurological system is […] on alert in fight or flight mode,” Andrea Schneider, a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in San Dimas, California, tells Bustle via email. “Engaging in activities that lower that physiological adrenal surge from trauma can literally be life-saving,” Schneider says. When survivors are able to “reprocess and release the trauma(s),” Schneider says, recovery and healing become possible. In addition to helping with physical recovery from trauma, self-care also helps survivors encompass “the spiritual, physical, social, and emotional facets of healing. It’s one of the pillars [of recovery],” Schneider further notes.

Julie de Azevedo Hanks is a member:
[Video] How to get along with your mother-in-law and daughter-in-law
Marrying into a new family can be exciting, but can also come with some growing pains. It can be a challenge to adjust to new traditions, relationships, and ways of life. Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, and a licensed clinical social worker from Wasatch Family Therapy, joined Good Things Utah with important tips for getting along with in-laws.

Phelica Glass is a member:
Report: Black women entrepreneurs offer opportunity to impact poverty gap, accelerate growth
The Topeka Capital-Journal
Phelica Glass, a licensed clinical social worker in private practice, was inspired to hear the data. “Black women are actually building businesses at a large rate that the community does not talk about,” she said. “To be a part of the number is phenomenal, but I also love the idea to talk about how do we support black businesses that are owned by women or minorities in general, so that they can become large-scale. We’re groomed to grow up and work for someone else, and make someone else a millionaire. We’re never taught that we can be that millionaire.”

Jim Wayne is a member:
How a Florida pastor and his wife became Bevin’s adoption advisers
Courier Journal (Louisville, KY)
“Is the criteria going to be that you have to adhere to a certain faith and adhere to a certain conversion experience?” asked Rep. Jim Wayne, a Louisville Democrat and licensed clinical social worker. “We need to get used to the fact that June and Ward Cleaver, that’s not necessarily mainstream these days. We need to be open to a wide variety of the ways people love each other and establish a family.”

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