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News Items – July 22, 2021

news items logo oneLucy Lawrence is a member:
Bishop of Episcopal Diocese of WNC worries for family, Cuban people amid unrest
Lucy Lawrence, a professor of social work at Warren Wilson College, said the pandemic is exacerbating issues that have persisted in Cuba for decades. “Much like there is social reckoning happening in our country that I think the pandemic has highlighted, the pandemic in Cuba is highlighting decades of human rights abuses that have been perpetrated by the government,” Lawrence said. Lawrence said U.S. policies toward Cuba could also be playing a role in the country’s plight and lack of access to aid. She’s taken several trips to the country with her students. She said the economy was booming when she visited under the Obama administration, which reopened diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Alison Stone is a member:
Don’t Talk To Me Until I’ve Waited Several Hours For My First Coffee
Though perhaps the best argument for holding off on drinking your coffee is due to enhancing the enjoyment of it. As LCSW and holistic psychotherapist Alison Stone notes, it may be difficult to truly savor and enjoy your coffee if you’re slugging it down while “doing a million things and running out the door.” Waiting until you actually have a moment to focus on your coffee may allow to better appreciate it.

Dan Scholz is a member:
[Video] Youth today are facing significant challenges for their mental and emotional health
Dan Scholz, LCSW, Clinical Director at LifeLine Utah joined us in studio as part of our You Are Not Alone partnership. Dan says youth today are facing significant difficulties that cause challenges to their mental and emotional health. This can result in emotional or behavioral issues including: substance use, self harm, chronic depression, suicidal tendencies, etc.

Taylor Adams is a member:
[Profile] Taylor Adams
Galveston County Daily News
Professional Responsibilities: I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an expertise in trauma therapy, specifically for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. … In my most recent promotion, I moved from the therapy department to heading up all of client services at the Resource and Crisis Center as the Deputy Director. In my role, I lead a talented group of employees to provide trauma informed services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, ranging from case managers, to therapists, to psychiatrists, advocates, and crisis intervention specialists.

Douglas Nygren is a member:
Opinion: New memorials first to acknowledge difficult truth of slaves in Greenwich
The Darien Times
Project co-founder Douglas Nygren views racism as an assault upon our democracy. It must be countered immediately, he says, or else it will rapidly grow. Nygren, a licensed clinical social worker, treats abused children. He sees his skills in treating victims of trauma as helpful in addressing what he considers the national trauma of racism that results from ignorance and hate. Nygren hopes that the Witness Stones will fight ignorance with truth, and make it clear that Black history, long neglected, is an integral part of the American story.

Carla Naumberg is a member:
5 Toxic Behaviors Parents Engage In — Without Realizing It
And when you feel the urge to yell, do literally anything else — even cluck like a chicken, Carla Naumburg, a clinical social worker and author of “How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids,” previously told HuffPost. “Do whatever it takes to calm down and get the tension out of your body so you can refocus and reengage with your kids. It might take a few minutes, but that’s OK,” she said.

Annalise Oatman is a member:
After My Sexual Assault, My Tattoos Helped Me Heal
“The pain of getting a tattoo is enough to bring you into the present moment, to help you focus on the experience, the ritual, and make a memory,” says Annalise Oatman, a clinical social worker and psychotherapist based in San Francisco. Oatman has a tattoo of a boxer on the inside of her right arm. “It symbolizes the rapes and my integration of the qualities I need, within myself, to honor and protect myself,” she says. Getting the tattoo was a “magical ritualization” of embodying her own strength, resilience, and recovery. Oatman describes getting tattoos as an annexation of the sacred land of her body back into the hands of its true sovereign ruler — herself. She has found that the body art was an adjunct to the healing work she did with therapists.

Kylee Jones is a member:
Depression in Indigenous Communities: Cultural Understanding Matters
Kylee Jones, an associate clinical social worker at Indigenous Circle of Wellness in Los Angeles, California, says that avoidance and resistance often arise as signs of intergenerational trauma — trauma handed down through generations and shared among members of a culture. “In many cases, our ancestors had to assimilate for survival, meaning our parents and elders may have punished us for saying or doing certain things that would otherwise be normal or praised,” Jones says.

Social Work Students Decry SSA’s New Name After Crown Family Donation
In These Times
At her remote field placement in late January, master’s student Sara Bovat receives a surprising message: The School of Social Service Administration (SSA) at the University of Chicago is changing its name to the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, in recognition of a $75 million donation from James and Paula Crown. When she finds out James Crown is director of the board for General Dynamics Corp., the third-largest defense contractor in the United States, her surprise turns to outrage. “To think that our social work school would be named after a family that profits off of the military-industrial complex just felt very hypocritical,” Bovat says.

Jill Palmer is a member:
San Antonio Veteran Wellness Center Gifted $250K
“Fitness is so important for the mind-body connection,” Dr. Jill E. Palmer, LCSW, Acting Chief of Behavioral Health for Endeavors, said. “Being able to move more, exercise, and get a cardio workout several times a week can decrease depression and anxiety and support recovery, to name a few benefits. The Veteran Wellness Center’s fitness center will help our Veterans and their family members realize their goals and choose wellness every day at their fitness level.”

Latesha Newman is a a member:
Chicago Public Schools Vote on Whether or Not to Keep Police in Schools
Chicago Defender
Latesha Newson, MSW, LCSW, Chair of the NASW-IL DEIC Committee, states: During the 2015 to 2016 school year, 1.6 million students attended a school with a sworn law enforcement officer and no counselor or social worker. The NASW Standards for School Social Work Services (2012) calls for at least one social worker per 250 students in schools and one social worker for 50 students in schools with intensive needs. Yet, even with recent hires made by CPS, the ratio of social workers to students does not come near these recommended levels. This is a complete disservice to children and youth in Chicago who are bombarded with trauma consistently.

Stephanie Prince is a member:
[Video] Mental Health, and the disparities faced by minority communities
Mental illness and mental health issues do not discriminate, yet minorities seek help at a significantly lower rate than their white counterparts. Several factors are to blame, including a fear that the people closest to them will judge.  Stephanie Prince, a licensed clinical social worker, said “in minority communities, what goes on in our home stays in our home, so I think the stigma really comes from just not knowing what mental health services look like and what does that mean.”

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