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News Items – October 18, 2017

Olivia Lopez is chair of NASW’s Human Rights committee:
Local professor to lead national social workers group (Corpus Christi, TX)
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has appointed Dr. Olivia Lopez, adjunct instructor of sociology in Del Mar College’s (DMC) Social Sciences Department, as chair of their Human Rights Committee. “My education, experience and lifelong interest in human rights and immigration issues will come together in this committee,” said Dr. Lopez. “There are three preliminary goals that I hope to accomplish with one being to reconnect with community and organizations about human rights issues, to educate and inform service providers the important role they play for immigrants and those suffering from human rights violations and, thirdly, to engage student organizations toward human rights.”

Jeremy Arp is executive director of NASW-AZ:
Arizona Social Workers Tackle the Tough Issues
Public News Service
Hundreds of social workers will gather in Phoenix this Friday to tackle some of the toughest ethical and political issues facing society – from mass shootings to health care, child abuse and drug addiction. There are about 10,000 social workers in the state working to address behavioral, mental and emotional issues in various settings – child welfare agencies, hospitals, schools, mental health clinics and human services programs. Jeremy Arp, executive director of the Arizona chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, said the profession has no shortage of challenges. “Some of the minefields that we’re navigating these days would be trauma due to different events happening around us, whether it be gun violence, child welfare,” Arp said; “also looking at the opioid epidemic.”

Marylou Sudders and Goutam Yadama are members:
Social work schools to build addiction principles into curriculum (Worcester, MA)
“Often the treatment of addictions has been a specialty rather than sort of core to your training as a social worker,” Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said. She said, “They will infuse addiction, the addiction principles, within their core courses.” Collaboration is needed to address the problem, according to Gautam Yadama, dean of the Boston College School of Social Work. “This is a very complex social problem that’s affecting our communities in the commonwealth,” Yadama said. He added, “We cannot be in silos of professions. We cannot be in the silos of our own respective school.”

Richard Kieling is a member:
Harvey Weinstein Can’t Blame ‘Sex Addiction’ For His Alleged Assaults
Huffington Post
Some experts are working to get sex addiction more recognized in research and in treatment protocols. “The community is trying to change that,” said Rich Kieling, a licensed clinical social worker and director at the Center for Personal Growth and Creativity in New York. “There are many clinicians in the field now who actually do treat it as an addiction and it is gaining more legitimacy as an actual addiction despite the DSM.” Kieling said that underlying psychological issues like childhood trauma are often at the heart of sex addictions, and it’s vital for professionals to help patients work through those as well as the need for sex itself.

Kathryn McMullin is a member:
Clothing for children with sensory issues hits stores
Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ)
“Companies who are making clothing that is more sensory-friendly for this population are helping more children than they realize,” says Kate McMullin, a licensed clinical social worker, registered physical therapist and certified autism specialist at Inspira Medical Center Woodbury Children’s Behavioral Health. “Not only can children with autism suffer from sensory issues, but those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Activity Disorder and anxiety can also have sensory sensitivities.” McMullin says many children with autism or sensory processing disorders report feeling uncomfortable with certain clothes because of tactile sensitivities. Some of the irritants include tags in shirts, jeans because they are hard and have ridges in the seams, items that are too tight, and certain textures and fabrics.

Danielle Forshee is a member:
11 Little Symptoms That Might Mean You’re About To Have A Panic Attack & What To Do About It
As I said above, a panic attack can really mess with your head. So be on the lookout for sudden thoughts that don’t really make sense. “You will think things like you are going crazy and/or that you might die,” Dr. Danielle Forshee, doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker, tells Bustle. “You might also think you are having a heart attack, or that you are feeling closed in.”

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