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News Items – December 12, 2018

Samantha Howell is executive director of NASW-NYS:
[Video] Social Workers in Schools, Discussing Overall Wellness
Spectrum News
After a report from the State School Boards Association raised concerns about the number of school psychologists working in districts, another group of employees is reminding officials of their role in supporting students: social workers. School social workers can also identify mental health issues and behavioral problems. But there are also parts of their job that can’t be taken on by other professionals because of licensing restrictions. And yet, some social workers argue they are being overlooked in the debate over students’ mental health care.

Silvia M. Dutchevici is a member:
Most Americans still think spanking is fine. It’s not.
The Washington Post
Spanking can also have a detrimental effect on the parent-child relationship, as well as the child’s future relationships, says clinical social worker and founder of the Critical Therapy Center, Silvia M. Dutchevici. “For children to see one’s parents in such a state of rage is frightening,” she says. “Further, it teaches them in a very experiential way that when people lose control of their emotions, anything can happen.” Dutchevici has worked with victims of domestic violence for many years, and knows firsthand that there is a direct psychological link between hitting a child and the chances of that child ending up in abusive relationships — which is backed up by research. “In simple terms, if the people who you know are there to love and support you — your parents — hit and hurt you, then love and violence become intertwined in a very unhealthy way,” she explains.

Elizabeth Allen is a member:
Matt’s Mission Honors Recovery Advocate Inez Richards
Hartford Courant
It’s been four and a half years since Richards got clean, thanks in large part to her decades-long relationship with Elizabeth Allen, a clinical social worker she met while incarcerated in Niantic. “Her sense of authenticity and honesty was very refreshing,” Allen recalled. “We went through some dark times, but she was always very hopeful. I said, ‘One of these days, Inez, you’re going to see what we see. You have so much to offer the world.’ I knew that in 1995, and I’m so glad that now she knows it, too.”

Maureen Tillman is a member:
Late to Launch: The Post-Collegiate Struggle
The New York Times
Maureen Tillman, a clinical social worker in Maplewood, N.J. who started College With Confidence & Beyond, a professional practice to help young adults become emotionally and financially independent after graduation, says many recent college graduates do not have resiliency skills “as a result of being bubble-wrapped in high school and college” by parents who want to protect them.

Richard Brouillette is a member:
If You Have These 9 Small Habits, It’s a Sign You Grew Up With A Toxic Mom
“As children, we totally depend on our mothers, and they teach us how to view the world and ourselves,” psychotherapist Richard Brouillette, LCSW, tells Bustle. “So if their view [was] skewed or unhealthy, we [learned] to adjust ourselves to their outlook.” This may explain why you’re in the habit of jumping to conclusions, overworking, or constantly seeking validation — it’s often a side effect of the negative impact your mom had.

Pete Herbst is a member:
Resolve to never use corporal punishment | Parenting With Pete
My suggested gift is a parental promise to give up spanking as a way to discipline children and begin using positive discipline instead. Parents spank their children because they believe that inflicting pain will get kids to listen and obey. The American Academy of Pediatrics disagrees. It recently completed a study of corporal punishment and announced that spanking is harmful, minimally effective and causes children to behave aggressively.

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