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News Items – November 17, 2022

news items logo oneMatthew Decker is a member of NASW-CA:
Heavy equipment mechanic finds calling as ‘therapist’ in Marines, State Guard
Daily Republic
Seeking mental health services in the Marine Corps, at least at the time, was not exactly an accepted choice. “Even though I didn’t think of it at the time, the standing order was if you want to cry, go see Decker,” as in Matthew Decker, a heavy equipment mechanic who had been working on his sociology degree when he and about five or six others from his unit – all mechanics – were deployed to Iraq. In addition to his skills as a mechanic, he was asked about other qualifications and talents he might have. He mentioned he had started his sociology degree, adding he thinks that translated to psychology, and he was soon made platoon counselor.

Susan Breithaupt is a member of NASW-NJ:
Gratitude practice: The three good things
Valley Health
Due to the various stressors that have affected healthcare workers over the past two and half years, many report chronic feelings of exhaustion and anxiety even as COVID-19 cases decline steadily. Residual feelings of grief and anger continue to affect staff and reports of feeling stuck in these emotional states are common. However, there is a simple happiness boosting exercise that may offer relief.

Jessie Wolf is a member of NASW-MN:
Mayo: Offering support to the grieving
Southern Minnesota
After a loved one’s death, a period with feelings of sorrow, numbness, guilt and anger can result. This is known as traumatic grief. The death may have occurred from illness, accident or violent act, such as domestic abuse or murder. Experiencing numerous deaths of close family or friends or the death of a child — no matter the age or cause — leads many people into a state of traumatic grief.

Marc Herstand is executive director of NASW-WI:
Backlog prompts proposals to change occupational licensing, but not to add resources
Wisconsin Examiner
Defenders of DSPS outside the agency readily acknowledge that the agency’s backlog soared drastically in the last couple of years. “In my 30 years as executive director of the National Association of Social Workers-Wisconsin, I have never seen a backlog as has existed over the last couple of years,” said Marc Herstand, one of the witnesses Tuesday. “I have heard from social workers who wanted to move to Wisconsin to go to work here that have been stymied by the huge delays in the processing of the applications.”

Ruth Freeman is a member of NASW-CT:
The parenting method that can make your child more independent
Ruth Freeman, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Founder and President of Peace At Home Parenting Solutions, followed the Montessori Method when raising her now-adult daughter. ‘We chose the Montessori method because it was child-centred, it focused on principles of child development, and it was designed to carefully match expectations to each individual child’s capacities,’ Ruth told

Sharon Justis is a member of NASW-CA:
Granddaughter of Immigrants Embraces Opportunity to Give Back
Sharon’s own journey began at Sacramento’s Mercy Hospital, where she would later spend much of her working life as a licensed clinical social worker for Dignity Health, the largest not-for-profit hospital provider in California. Licensing for clinical social workers was fairly new at the time, but Sharon pursued it because she “had a feeling that might be the gold standard one day for hiring and for other opportunities.” More opportunities followed: marriage, motherhood, and eventually retirement in 2014. Four years on, she was ready for yet another opportunity. “I was looking for something to do to give back to the community, and I saw an ad in the Sacramento Bee,” she remembers. “And I said, ‘That’s something I might interested in.’”

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