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Kim Schneiderman is a member:
Why Childhood Rejection Can Leave Lasting Scars
Psychology Today
Whether or not an adult can attach their pain to specific memories, the sense of deficiency can often be traced back to childhood. Children are emotional sponges, absorbing information about who they are, and how the world works. They pick up their information from various sources: family, peers, teachers, and the media. They can tell if Mom and Dad are pleased or displeased with them, if other kids want to play with them, and if they are reflected in the shows they watch or books they read.

Paula Sophia Schonauer is a member:
Manhood — from the inside out — confronting an old nemesis
Oklahoma City Free Press
Mom and Jim had an allegiance born in childhood trauma, Jim being the only person who would stand up for her, a supposed “slow learner” and designated special education student. Because of this, Uncle Jim had a special dispensation of my mother’s grace, tolerance, and forgiveness, she never offered anybody else, even her children.

Lorrie Henderson is a member:
This Father’s Day, give yourself the gift of health
City Sun Times (Phoenix, AZ)
Going to the doctor for an annual check-up is not high on the priority list for most men. According to the Centers for Disease Control, women are 33 percent more likely to visit a doctor than men, and women are 100 percent better at maintaining screening and preventative care. The numbers are shocking and as someone who works for an integrated health organization, I want to change those numbers. As a father of five children, I am committed to making this statistic a thing of the past.

Virgil Rambeau is a member:
Sacramento Native Americans explain what is the ‘Two Spirit’ Community?
“Two-Spirit is a person that identifies as having both a masculine and feminine spirit,” said Virgil Rambeau, an associate clinical social worker and one of the facilitators for the Two-Spirit Talking Circle at the Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC). “It is a way for indigenous people throughout Turtle Island or North America to describe their sexual gender and spiritual identity.” Rambeau said the term was created in 1990 by an elder by the name of Myra Laramie at the third annual international LGBT Native American gathering.

Teresa Moro is a member:
Social Workers Save Lives, so Let’s Treat Them Better Starting Now
Hill Reporter
These factors contribute to the devaluation of the profession which makes social workers vulnerable to cost-cuttingburnout, and leaving the field. This is problematic because having social workers on your team improves outcomes for both the people we serve and the healthcare teams we work with. We can all help social workers and clients by contacting our Senators and urging them to co-sponsor the Improving Access to Mental Health Act and include the bill in the forthcoming Senate mental health package, but more on that later.

Felecia Howell is a member:
Niles Juneteenth celebrates the future
The event also focused on providing mental health resources. Clinical Social Worker Felecia Howell says it’s a necessary conversation where representation makes it easier to discuss personal issues. “It’s like a taboo in the culture, you don’t go and get mental health, you deal with it even though these skills are unhealthy,” says Howell. “They’re not changing we dealt with it and then it causes issues when we become adults.”

Katherine van Wormer is a member:
What a 1978 trial could tell us about future criminal abortion cases
The Washington Post
Forty-four years ago, a college student lying semiconscious in a hospital bed confessed to police that she had self-induced an abortion: “After being told my pregnancy at 22-24 weeks was too advanced for a safe abortion, I attempted to perform the abortion myself. I put a knitting needle in my uterus … I had no way out. I felt like dying,” she said, according to media reports at the time.

Ron Avi Astor is a member:
[Podcast] What Next: An Overlooked Tool to Stop School Shootings
Slate Magazine
A school with armed teachers and every door locked sounds a lot more like a prison than a nourishing educational environment. How does the discussion around school shootings change when you switch your starting point from “How can we stop this?” to “what kind of world do we want to live in?” Guest: Ron Avi Astor, professor of public affairs, social work, and education at UCLA.

Careers In Social Work: What You Need To Know
The field of social work is broad and offers career options for all education levels. If you are interested in social work and want to make a difference in the lives of families and children, many careers in social work can allow you to do so. This article discusses some common social work careers, including salary information and education requirements. People who are empathetic and enjoy working with others are best suited for careers in social work.

Social Workers, Advocates Call on PA Lawmakers to Support Proposed Budget Increase
In February, Governor Tom Wolf proposed his final state budget, which includes a sizable increase for social workers and mental health services. As budget negotiations and compromises take shape before the Jun 30 deadline, advocates hope the proposed funding increase will remain untouched. The Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) called on lawmakers to support the $36 million increase for social, and mental health services.

Dennis Anderson is a member:
Juneteenth’s meaning and the US military
Antelope Valley Press
Juneteenth was not a holiday I understood, never hearing of it until relatively recent years, or, for that matter, recognizing its significance. The simple reason for that is I am not African-American.  Now, I have learned the holiday connects to the date, June 19, 1865, when Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, “The people of Texas are informed that all slaves are free.”

Chad Dion Lassiter is a member:
The unfinished business of Juneteenth
The Philadelphia Inquirer
In an 1898 speech honoring the memory of Abraham Lincoln, Booker T. Washington told of a former enslaved person who described his life since emancipation by saying, “I’s got my second freedom.” His first freedom, Washington explained, had come with the end of chattel slavery. His second freedom — the promise of relief from the peonage that followed emancipation — came with a cost. It would take 20 years of “severe struggle” to get out of debt, pay for his 50 acres of land, build a home, and educate his children. But his was a rare story of success.

Chad Dion Lassiter is a member:
PHRC Executive Director Works to Help Create a Beloved Community
Harrisburg Magazine
Chad Dion Lassiter has been at the helm of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) for four years now and considers his role as Executive Director as a calling. “I’m a man of faith, therefore I’ve always had an assignment, but never a job,” he said. The PHRC leader said that he strives to honor that faith in everything he does, from mentoring youth in the community, to stepping in to help his family when a sister- in-law died of pancreatic cancer and left three daughters behind. “I was instrumental in raising them,” he said.

March for Our Lives rallies call for real solutions to gun violence
Jeff Feldman, director of Advocacy and Communications for National Association of Social Workers-NJ said that it has been 25 years since the mass shooting in Columbine, and we have yet to bring an end to gun violence. “We’ve grown more accustomed to it rather than more outraged,” Feldman said. “We’ve become accustomed to ‘thoughts and prayers’ from our elected officials. Thoughts and prayers do nothing to prevent the issues before us or absolve our leaders for allowing these atrocities to continue.”

Janet Finch is a member:
UTA social worker advocates for four-legged therapy
University of Texas – Arlington
For decades, Jan Finch has dedicated her life to helping others as a therapist and social worker. With the help of her 5-year-old terrier mix, Allie, the adjunct associate professor of practice at The University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Social Work recently extended a helping hand at an immigration center on the Texas border. “As a therapist, I am inherently trained in crisis intervention,” Finch said. “So why not work with a dog who can also be trained to help others?”

Johanna Thomas is a member:
Gun violence prevention activist says arming teachers is ‘frightening’ and ‘doesn’t work’
Daily Kos
Moms Demand Action is manned by volunteers such as Dr. Johanna Thomas, who uses her platform as a college professor and licensed clinical social worker in Arkansas to push for stronger gun control measures and more education around gun safety. She is also a gun owner, and as important as it is to her for gun laws to change—adding waiting periods, “red flag laws,” and a ban on assault rifles—it’s equally important to educate people on gun safety.

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick is a member:
15 Reasons Why You Should Spend More Time With Yourself
Elite Daily
Spending time alone can help detach you from this habit and allow you to be more comfortable with just yourself. “Many of us need more boundaries in our lives. Setting boundaries is critical for self-care, so commit to setting firm boundaries with everyone in your life,” Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, a licensed clinical social worker, says. “When we don’t set boundaries, our schedules become unmanageable and we deplete ourselves. This is why healthy boundary-setting is so crucial to good mental health.”

Megan Giddens is a member:
UCF distributes Narcan for free to students, staff to prevent opioid overdoses
Click Orlando
Megan Giddens, a licensed clinical social worker and assistant director of the Substance Use Disorders Clinic at UCF, pushed for the university to take advantage of the free Narcan offered by the Orange County Drug-Free Coalition. “We try to be ahead of the game as far as being proactive with preventive measures,” Gidden said. “So with the fentanyl crisis this would be something to give access to our students.”

Tracy K. Ross is a member:
What Are ‘Pink Flags’ In Relationships?
“Pink flags are easier to ignore and thus potentially more damaging than red flags,” said Tracy Ross, a licensed clinical social worker specializing in couples and family therapy. “Sometimes pink flags feel subtle ― you don’t catch them the first or even the second time ― as opposed to red flags that are obvious if you let yourself see them. But if something nags at you repeatedly, it’s time to pay attention.”

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