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News Items – October 10, 2018

Kimberly Street is a member:

[Video] Social Workers at the Library
Good Morning America
The School of Social Work’s Social Work Community Outreach Services’ Social Work in the Library program with the Enoch Pratt Free Libraries in Baltimore was part of a story October 9 on Good Morning America (GMA). GMA and Reader’s Digest call the Library “One of the Nicest Places in America” for its many programs and benefits offered to the citizens of Baltimore. Kimberly Street, NASW-MD member and director of the Social Work in the Library program is featured.

Daniel Sommer is a member:
Rockford students talk and practice civility
Rockford Register-Star (IL)
About 200 future leaders from Rockford area high schools took part Tuesday in the Rockford High School Youth Summit 2018, an event sponsored by 815 Choose Civility.… Daniel Sommer, a licensed clinical social worker and a member of 815 Civility, left the students with three thoughts. “Civility is not easy, but it is possible. We have no control over how someone else acts, but you do have control over how you respond. And civility begins with me.”

Susie Stiles is a member:
[Video] Alzheimer’s Pansy Project promotes awareness and supports research
WBIR (Knoxville, TN)
The Alzheimer’s Pansy Project kicks off to benefit The Pat Summitt Foundation at 4:00 Wednesday, October 3, at Stanley’s Greenhouse.… The goal of the Alzheimer’s Pansy Project is to decorate Knoxville in purple and orange pansies as a symbol of support for all those fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Through the end of November, Stanley’s Greenhouses and Plant Farm will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of the specially grown pansies to The Pat Summitt Foundation. The flower power project was the idea of Susie Stiles, a licensed clinical social worker with the Elder Law Practice of Monica Franklin.

Addiction, mental health services expanding in Bedford, Nelson counties
The News & Advance (Lynchburg, VA)
In Nelson County, Martin said the money will provide residents with a licensed clinical social worker dedicated to patients with substance abuse and behavioral health issues. Blue Ridge Medical Center also will purchase a van and create a transportation service to help patients get to and from appointments. Staff will undergo extensive education and training on how to deliver trauma-informed care.

Monica Guggenheim is a member:
Meditating on Medication: Exploring the Presence of Alternative Practices in Modern Medicine
The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle (Los Angeles, CA)
Monica Guggenheim ’99, a licensed clinical social worker, said that she believes non-Western medicine can be beneficial but that it should be used in conjunction with Western prescription medication. “There are times when Western medicine, such as psychiatry, is absolutely necessary and highly recommended,” Guggenheim said. “However, just addressing the symptoms with medication does not change the maladaptive behaviors underlying stress or unhelpful thinking patterns.”

Janet Amdur is a member:
How to talk about elder abuse in Belmont
Wicked Local Belmont (MA)
There is no one single way to support an older adult who may be experiencing abuse. One option is calling a domestic violence hotline. Hotline workers can support survivors by listening, safety planning and providing guidance and resources. Hotlines are available for survivors as well as their loved ones.… Another option, whether you are experiencing elder abuse, or you are concerned about someone in your life, is to contact the Beech Street Center at 617-993-2983 and talk with Janet Amdur, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She is a social worker who can support survivors by checking in on them regularly, engaging them in activities and providing them with resources.

Phelica Glass is a member:
Ask the Grief Counselor: Topeka event highlights profound effects of loss
The Topeka Capital-Journal
A series of personal losses redirected the path of clinical social worker Phelica Glass, who found her passion and focus in helping clients with grief.… “I had a lot of losses in my life,” Glass said. “As I matured, I found that grief work was really where my heart was. I was finding that I was processing my grief through teaching. I found that I was getting healing in talking about my symptoms, in talking about how I deal with the changes in my life, and really understanding that it wasn’t about getting over my losses. It was really about learning to live this new life with the loves of my life no longer being present. I had to learn to accept the new me as a result.” Glass turns 42 this month, and she also will be celebrating the 12th anniversary of opening her private practice.

Amy Allison Thompson is a member:
40 Missoulians use big chunk of police, medical and homeless resources
The Missoulian
About 40 people in Missoula account for a disproportionately huge chunk of service calls from city police, firefighters, emergency medical responders and homeless service providers. Those calls cost taxpayers money and drain resources for responding to other community needs.… Amy Allison Thompson, a licensed clinical social worker and the executive director of the Poverello Center homeless shelter, said the group is looking closely at how to help these “super utilizers.” “And really understanding what that population looks like and understanding what they need to become stable and to also not be a drain economically on the community as well,” she said. “Substance abuse issues and mental health issues are at the forefront for that group.”

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