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News Items – November 10, 2021

news items logo oneIn Eli Brooks, Michigan has a steady hand
The Maize and Blue Review
But in the face of all the Wolverines’ adjustments, they’ve had a steady hand in fifth-year senior Eli Brooks. Now 23 years old and pursuing a master’s degree in social work, Brooks is the lone holdover from the 2018 Final Four team. And after losing 20 seasons’ worth of college basketball experience from last year’s rotation, Michigan is going to rely on Brooks to fill the void. “The rest of the team looks to him as a big brother,” sophomore center Hunter Dickinson said at Big Ten Media Day.

Martha Avery Cook is a member:
Telehealth program helps UNC-Chapel Hill meet demand for mental health services
“This was a way of sort of bringing on some extra resources to be able to meet the needs of the students, not only in terms of volume but in terms of time,” said Avery Cook, associate and clinical director of Counseling and Psychological Services at UNC-Chapel Hill. “Our therapists here work on a more traditional schedule, and this allows for students to be seen in the evening or early in the morning – times that might work better for their schedule.”

Brandi McFerran is a member:
Stop bullying: What parents can do
Billings Gazette
Bullying can have long-term effects on a young person’s social, emotional and physical well-being. It can impair school performance and diminish a child’s sense of self-worth and safety. Bullying correlates highly with youth suicide. Bullying worsens other risk factors that threaten a child’s resiliency. This is a prevalent problem; a 2019 study revealed that, nationwide, 20% of students aged 12-18 experienced some form of bullying.

Lisa Hyatt is a member:
This SC man went unidentified for years. Here’s how ‘Cowboy’ finally found his real name
The Sun News
Willie Jean Caldwell finally knows his name. At 76 years old, he’s known as “Cowboy” by his friends and caretakers at the Recovery Ranch, a haven for recovering addicts in western Horry County. After taking him in from a local hospital nearly two years ago, ranch owner Christa Reynolds couldn’t figure out his name. She couldn’t find a trace of his identity.… After almost two years and countless dead ends trying to find relatives or personal documents, a “happy ending” has finally come to fruition. Reynolds and a social worker, Lisa Hyatt, have tracked down Caldwell’s birth certificate and some of his siblings. “It feels better,” Caldwell said. “A whole lot better.”

Isabel Logan is a member, and 2nd VP of NASW-CT:
ECSU and Willimantic Police Partner for Law Enforcement Social Work Project
NBC Connecticut
Dr. Isabel Logan leads the program alongside Solak. Logan is a professor at Eastern and a licensed clinical social worker. She believes the SWLE project is the first specialized training program of its kind in the country. “We need to understand that not just anyone can jump into these roles. There’s a lot more than just jumping in,” said Logan. “We need to make sure that we are preparing social workers for this emerging field and that is the scope of this project.”

Tracy Ross is a member:
My Partner Won’t Go To Couples Therapy—How Can I Change Their Mind?
Well + Good
For instance, going to couples therapy can be helpful for breaking repetitive patterns, navigating issues related to intimacy and sex, and merely wanting to improve communicationMost, if not all, long-term relationships could benefit from counseling at some point in time,” says couples and family therapist Tracy Ross, LCSW. “If you want [the relationship] to thrive and grow, you have to tend to it, nurture it, and help it flourish.”

Shannon Garcia is a member:
Understanding Doomscrolling
Psych Central
It’s different from just reading the news or staying informed because the behavior can become somewhat persistent. “Someone who reads the daily online paper and then goes about their day isn’t doomscrolling,” says Shannon Garcia, a licensed clinical social worker in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Someone who finds themselves reading seemingly endless news articles and finds it hard to disengage from the resulting emotions to the point of it affecting their daily functioning is doomscrolling,” she clarifies.

Jan Dunn is a member:
[Video] Skiatook couple brings mobile therapy to veterans in an Airstream
The Veterans Administration reports that 22 veterans die by suicide every day, and less than 50% of returning veterans in need get any mental health treatment. A Skiatook couple is working to change that with their company, Feels on Wheels. Jan Dunn and her husband, Andy, travel throughout Osage County in an Airstream providing services. Two days a week, you’ll find them in the Skiatook VFW parking lot and the other two days are spent in Pawhuska.

Davenport library expands services, hires social worker
The Davenport Public Library is expanding its resources by adding a licensed social worker. Quinn O’Brian, the library’s social worker, has a decade of experience in the field and started the job almost a month ago. “There are people that can pretty much figure things out on their own, sit on a computer and do it but there are other people that need a little help to be able to do this and they come to the library. They need somebody there that is well versed, knows the information, that can help them where they are,” she said.

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