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News Items – February 7, 2018

Alicia Elder (WTVD)

Alicia Elder (WTVD)

Alicia Elder was a member:
[Video] Durham Police ID woman fatally stabbed at Hillside Park
Durham Police are investigating a stabbing death of a woman at Hillside Park on Tuesday night in the 1300 block of S. Roxboro Street. Officers responded to the call shortly after 9 p.m. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. On Wednesday, police identified the victim as 50-year-old Alicia Elder, of Durham. Elder’s daughter Jacquelyn Elder-Donevan said her mom was well-educated and “an amazing person dedicated to the community.” B & D Behavioral Health Services in Durham said they contracted Elder, a licensed clinical social worker who worked with children with behavioral issues.

Kimberly Agresta is a member:
Children reap emotional, behavioral benefits from grandparents, says study
Kimberly Agresta is co-founder of Englewood’s Agresta Psychotherapy Group, where she provides counseling to families, parents and individuals in all stages of life. Agresta, a licensed clinical social worker, believes there are several important reasons to encourage a close relationship between children and their grandparents. “If parents regularly involve grandparents in their child’s life early on, a child can develop real emotional closeness to the grandparent and begin to see the grandparent as a source of strong social support,” she said. “So a child will feel that they have other adults, aside from their parents, who love and care about them in the same way, and this adds to their sense of stability and security.”

George Jacinto, a member, co-authored this Encyclopedia of Social Work entry, which was featured on the Oxford University Press blog:
Community healing and reconciliation: a tale of two cities
Community healing and reconciliation has been a focus of many nations in response to civil war, genocide, and other conflicts. Over the past 12 years there has been a growing number of high profile murders of African American youth in the United States. Recently the mood of the country has become more acrimonious and the mounting tension has splintered some communities. The rise in murders by police officers have continued unabated and no one has been tried for these crimes, while the continuing climate of senseless shootings of black males gives pause to understanding the reason why.

Kevin Rumley is a member:
Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court graduation
Asheville Citizen-Times
The Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court held its third graduation ceremony since being created in 2015 on Jan. 19. Veterans, family members and supporters took over the courtroom to celebrate three men who had completed the program and the life changes they had made. “I am really blown away by the amazing accomplishments of our three graduates. It’s just a testament to their resilience and dedication to recovery and just the possibility of change,” Veterans Treatment Court coordinator Kevin Rumley said.

Kira Batist-Wigod is a member:
How to Get It All Done as a Working Parent
Jewish Link NJ
Kira Batist-Wigod: “As a full-time working mom with many therapy clients in the same boat, I’ve heard about and experienced first-hand some of the common challenges faced by busy, hard-working parents. Finding the time to do it all can at times feel very overwhelming. When you add social pressures and financial stress to the mix, it can start to feel impossible to manage everything on your plate.…”

Kristen Lilla is a member:
Sex Therapy Might Not Be As Sexy As You Think
While sex therapists are specially trained to assist with sexuality issues, they typically end up talking about other aspects of life that influence your relationship to sex, says Kristen Lilla, LCSW, an AASECT-certified sex therapist and sexuality educator. “There are usually more layers to the problem, and we have to work through other things, too,” Lilla says. “It’s rarely just about the sex.” At the end of the day, a sex therapist is a therapist, so they’re usually comfortable helping you with other emotional issues you may be dealing with.

Cristina Young is a member:
Building Accountability in Kids Requires Focus, Commitment
Greenwich Sentinel
Last week, on an unseasonably warm winter day, Cristina Young, a Greenwich-based licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), held a parenting workshop titled, “Ten Practical Ways to Build Accountability in Your Kids,” held at the Field Club of Greenwich. For over 15 years, Young has provided Greenwich residents and neighbors with her expert parenting support, adult therapy, family work and interactive workshops through her psychotherapy practice, Cristina Young Therapy, located at 45 East Putnam Avenue.

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