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News Items – November 9, 2016

Sabrina Shrader is a member:
WV candidate funded by Bernie Sanders group
West Virginia Press
When Sabrina Shrader was growing up in McDowell County, she was taught not to talk about poverty. She was discouraged from discussing problems in her life. She definitely wasn’t pushed to run for political office. But all of that has changed as Shrader has taken up a new role as an advocate and a voice for social change in Southern West Virginia.

Melissa McCool honored for innovations and leadership in social work
Nephrology News
Melissa McCool, LCSW, has received the Joan Upshaw Award at the Society for Social Work Leaders in Health Care Conference for her innovations and leadership in social work. McCool is the developer of Symptom Targeted Intervention. This award honors an individual who demonstrates the application of entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship principles in their role as a formal or informal leader in social work in health care, including identifying and starting new ventures, increasing the efficacy and efficiency of social work interventions, generating new social work products and services and advocating for the profession of social work.

Margaret Schatz had been a member:
Obituary: Margaret L. Schatz, clinical social worker
The Baltimore Sun
Margaret L. Schatz, a clinical social worker who had worked at the Johns Hopkins University Counseling and Psychiatric Services for Students, died Oct. 25 from complications of dementia at Bayleigh Chase, an Easton retirement community. The former Catonsville resident was 79.

Noreen Mokuau, Dean of University of Hawai’I School of Social Work, is a member:
School of Social Work celebrates 80 years of service
University of Hawai’i News
The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work 80th Anniversary gala was held at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi’s Mānoa Grand Ballroom on October 28. The Gala honored Elizabeth Jessamine Kauikeolani “Clorinda” Low Lucas (1895–1986), Senator Susie Chun Oakland and the Queen’s Health Systems. In addition to showcasing honorees, the School of Social Work celebrated their 2016 U.S. News and World Report ranking in the top 25 percent of schools nationally. Proceeds from the gala and silent auction will be used to develop an endowed student scholarship.

Gautam Yadama, Dean of Boston College School of Social Work, is a member:
Moving the needle
Boston College
In July 2016, Boston College named internationally respected scholar and teacher Gautam N. Yadama as dean of its School of Social Work. He comes to BC from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a professor and assistant vice chancellor for international affairs.

Social Work and Communities In Schools team up to teach Hug High students why their voice matters
Nevada Today
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Social Work and local dropout prevention nonprofit organization, Communities In Schools of Western Nevada, have teamed up to facilitate a Civic Literacy Program at Hug High School in order to empower youth who live in low-income communities to increase their civic involvement and pique their interest in current affairs, politics and social and political networks for making change. The School of Social work approached CIS of Western Nevada for the project because there has been a significant decline in recent decades in how young people understand government and their willingness to influence it.

miriamnisenbaum_rbgMiriam Nisenbaum, executive director of NASW-TX:
Senate Panel Proposes $75.3 Million to Start Fixing Foster Care System
Miriam Nisenbaum, executive director for the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, said the work group plan is “a good start” but increasing salaries will not be the “magic bullet” to resolve the crisis. She said it will be difficult to recruit people devoted to staying in their jobs longer than just a few months or a year. She also said the report does not mention how the new employees would help ease the heavy caseloads CPS workers often endure. “Caseload sizes will be very high and not productive if you can’t fill the number of vacancies properly,” Nisenbaum said. “It’s not a surprise it’s not mentioned in the report because certainly caseload size can’t be impacted in a way that lowers that for the workers if you can’t hire close to the adequate number of people you need to be able to do this work.”

Beth Eilers is a member:
How to welcome the unwelcome thoughts that prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep
BDN Maine
It can become a vicious cycle that triggers the fight or flight response says Beth Eilers, a licensed clinical social worker at Healthful Counseling in Portland, Maine. “When people are struggling with insomnia,” she explains, “they want to push away the things that are bothering them, which actually creates more internal stress.” Beth teaches people how to welcome those unwelcome thoughts. “In welcoming the unwelcome, in a way, you’re surrendering to them,” she says. “You’re accepting them and that allows you to relax more.”

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