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News Items – May 27, 2021

news items logo oneIsabel Logan is a member:
Pilot internship embeds social work students in Willimantic police department
Eastern Connecticut State University
The pilot internship was overseen by Isabel Logan, assistant professor of social work and coordinator of field instruction at Eastern. Prior to joining the faculty, Logan worked for 20 years as a public defender social worker, interacting with the same communities as the police. “Police social workers have the opportunity to prevent and neutralize cases from escalating to arrest,” said Logan, thereby lowering rates of entry and recidivism into the justice system. As she noted, “The police department is the first point of entry to the court system.”

Kaitlin Kindman is a member:
15 Signs That Your Friendship Is Seriously One-Sided
‘If a friendship is off-balance, one person takes up too much space and the other person takes up too little,’ says Kaitlin Kindman, LCSW, practice director and co-founder of Kindman & Co. in Los Angeles. ‘The person taking too little space rarely, if ever, gets what they’re needing from the friendship, and one or both parties aren’t able to truly be themselves.’

Lena Suarez-Angelino is a member:
Tips For When Pandemic Struggles Trigger Mom Guilt
We see so many posts on social media about what “perfect parenting” should look like. However, licensed clinical social worker Lena Suarez-Angelino of Choosing Therapy says there are no set rules of motherhood — and there’s no way we can possibly control everything in a way to make it perfect.

Tanye’ S. Tyler is a member:
These 15 Children’s Books Will Help You Talk About Depression
“Books are excellent tools for introducing mental health concepts. Using characters mitigates the weight of responsibility in the child and parent to explain or justify their reactions,” Dr. Tanye’ S. Tyler, DSW, MBA, LSW, Chief Strategy and Innovations Officer at A New Day Mental Wellness Center, tells Romper. It’s a natural way to start exploring these concepts. “While reading with their children, a daily recommended task, parents can include references to the character’s behaviors and ask the child, ‘what do you think this character was feeling?’ or ‘how would you feel if this happened to you?’” says Dr. Tyler.

Jody Long is a member:
Remote therapy was a mental health lifeline during the pandemic. What happens now?
NBC News
The problem for patients who didn’t show up was often as simple as a canceled ride, said Jody Long, a clinical social worker who studied the 60 percent rate of no-shows or late cancellations at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center psychiatric clinic. But sometimes it was the health problem itself. Long remembers seeing a first-time patient drive around the parking lot and then exit. The patient later called and told Long, “I just could not get out of the car; please forgive me and reschedule me.”

Jana Svoboda is a member:
Data Suggests Benton County Did Not Have Pandemic Divorce Spike: Therapist Weighs In
The Corvallis Advocate
When asked about other contributing factors, Jana Svoboda, a local Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Therapist, referenced a COVID-19 relationships survey that found people’s relationships were actually more likely to have gotten better in the pandemic, rather than worse. The study found that people were able to talk more and spend more quality time with their partner, as well as providing more thoughtful gifts to show their care and to provide emotional support.

Bill Lamb is a member:
Ban on visiting NC nursing home residents gone, but obstacles remain
North Carolina Health News
Offering facts, opinions and recommendations on North Carolina’s official handling of the issues were state Sen. Jim Perry (R-Kinston), long-time state Department of Health and Human Services care ombudsman Lindsay Tice (Stanly-Mecklenburg), and Friends of Residents in Long-Term Care board chairman Bill Lamb. The virtual panel came at a time when the long months of a state-ordered visitation ban have left a trail of mixed messages, irritation and advocacy for change.

Tchernavia Montgomery is a member:
Care Ring’s new leader sets sights on growing health care access
The Charlotte Post
Tchernavia Montgomery has built her professional career on service to the vulnerable and underserved. Montgomery is the new executive director of health care provider nonprofit Care Ring and the first Black person to hold the position. She has 17 years of experience in health and human services as a licensed clinical social worker and before joining Care Ring was chief program officer at Crisis Assistance Ministry.

Crystal Blanton is a member:
Pagan politics are not as uniform (or liberal) as you think
The Washington Post
The community is “upwards of 80% white,” according to the study — thanks probably to the Eurocentric origins of most pagan religions — and pagans exhibit no strong feelings as a group about immigration. That statistical lack of diversity, said Crystal Blanton, an author, speaker and licensed clinical social worker, lines up with a more general “discomfort related to topics of race.”

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