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News Items – February 13, 2015

K89793664atie Malinski is a member:
How menstruation stigma puts women in U.S. at risk
AlJazeera America
Katie Malinski, a licensed clinical social worker from Austin, Texas, organizes the Mother-Daughter Puberty & Communication workshop. “What you need is to feel like you can go to an expert in your own house, who’s right there,” Malinski said. “My whole goal is just to get that conversation started.”… Malinski, who has also tried, with less success, to get men to sign up for a puberty workshop with their daughters, says that involving fathers in the conversation on menstruation is a key to erasing that unease. “Men being able to talk to their daughters about that would be incredibly empowering and normalizing.” The lack of frank discussion about periods has real consequences for women’s health.

Tulsa’s race relations, touchy subjects past and present, examined at OU-Tulsa
Tulsa World
The past flowed into the present Thursday night during a lengthy program on race relations in Tulsa at the University of Oklahoma’s Schusterman Campus. Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Zarrow School of Social Work, the Master of Social Work Student Association of OU-Tulsa, the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation and Phoenix Rising School, the event featured two locally produced short films, the documentary “Hate Crimes in the Heartland” and a panel discussion.

Drug testing for welfare benefits back on the table
WFAA (Dallas, TX)
But opponents of the bill argue that there’s little evidence to prove that recipients of welfare use their cash assistance to purchase drugs, and that drug testing will do little to help families already in need. If a parent tests positive for drugs, the state would be required to report that individual to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. “Our concerns are that the legislation doesn’t so much address the issue as punish families that are already going through a crisis of their own,” said Will Francis, director of government relations for the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Hot Jobs: Clinical social work positions on the rise
Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY)
As a licensed clinical social worker, Stacey Rone has worked with children and youth, individuals with developmental disabilities, the elderly, people in crisis, and the mentally ill. Regardless of the population, she has been witness to strength over hardship. “What really makes me happy is that moment when they see that they can be successful, that through their challenges they can find a way to get over whatever they’re struggling with,” said the 43-year-old. “That’s what’s so rewarding.” The New York Department of Labor predicts job opportunities for healthcare social workers in the Finger Lakes region will increase 22 percent between 2010 and 2020, with 20 annual openings. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for health care and social services, but will vary by specialty.

Herbert Barish had been a member for 50 years:
Herb Barish, Co-Founder of One of NYC’s Oldest Drug Treatment Programs, Dead at 77
Herbert Barish, a clinical social worker and co-founder of The Lower Eastside Service Center, Inc., one of New York’s oldest drug treatment programs, died on Wednesday at Hackensack Hospital at Pascack Valley in Westwood, New Jersey. He was 77. His son, David, confirmed his death.

Ann Pugh is a member:
Bill would mandate safety protocols for mental health and social workers
WCAX (Burlington, VT)
Rep. Ann Pugh, D-South Burlington, says her bill would require state agencies, and organizations with state contracts, to create safety protocols. “Social workers do home visits and social workers, other mental health professionals — nurses — oftentimes find themselves in situations that could be risky or where there might be safety concerns,” Pugh said. Rep. Pugh teaches at UVM’s Department of Social Work. She says surprisingly few organizations have safety protocols in place for workers in the field.

The History of Neighborhood House in Logan Heights: Social Workers and the Progressive Era Spirit of Reform
San Diego Free Press
Social workers were seen as progressive and well meaning. They were usually women from upper middle class families and had attended what was considered a progressive school.  Helen Marston Beardsley, the daughter of businessman and philanthropist George Marston, was educated at Wellesley.  When she graduated in 1917 she returned to San Diego. She worked at Neighborhood House as a social worker and educator for a number of years. This two part series will focus on six noteworthy women who worked at Neighborhood House as directors, educators and service providers.

Caitlin Ryan is a member:
LGBT Adults Have Better Self Esteem, Less Depression If They Came Out In School: Study
The Huffington Post
Co-author Caitlin Ryan said the results point to the need for schools to have trained staff and policies that protect all students. “We still have school settings where there aren’t policies in place,” said Ryan, director of the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University.

Defense Department Names New Suicide Prevention Office Director
eNews Park Forest (IL)
The Department of Defense announced that Dr. Keita M. Franklin is the new director of the DoD Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) effective today. This marks elevation of DSPO leadership to a career Senior Executive Service (SES) position, reinforcing the department’s commitment to decreasing the incidence of suicide and increasing resiliency across the armed forces.

Beth Gallihue is a member:
Columbia counselor, professor tackles the science of relationships
Baltimore Sun
Beth Gallihue doesn’t call herself a love expert. That’s not the way the Columbia therapist and university professor would describe herself. But she does specialize in couples counseling and she does teach a course on the subject. Gallihue is in the middle of the minimester she’s been teaching every February for the last four years at Towson University in Baltimore. As an adjunct professor, she teaches basic psychology courses the rest of the academic year. The minimester course is different, a special-topic, upper-level elective titled The Psychology of Love and Intimacy.

Suzan Swanton was a member:
Obituary: Suzan Swanton
Baltimore Sun
Suzan Swanton, a social worker who was a pioneer in bringing mobile methadone clinics to the addicted and who also headed the Governor’s Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council, died of cancer Jan. 15 at her Odenton home. The former Northwood resident was 62..


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