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ThinkstockPhotos-621616340Megan Berthold is a member:
Fleeing violence, asylum-seekers rely on psychologists to back up their story
For this asylum-seeker, as with many others, gaps in memory or inconsistencies in her story could have gotten her deported. Yet, when it comes to trauma, what might seem like a sign that testimony isn’t credible can itself be strong evidence that the story might be true. [Megan] Berthold’s job was to explain this paradox to the judge. She was there as a forensic psychological evaluator, a role she has played in hundreds of asylum cases. We think of US immigration law squarely in the world of politics, with people caught in the crosswinds of violence around the globe and each American administration’s policies. But based on interviews with nearly 20 health providers and immigration lawyers, STAT found that many of these cases pivot on the knowledge of clinicians like Berthold.

Noah Martinson is a member:
NCSU video on suicide prevention wins an Emmy
The News & Observers (Raleigh, NC)
N.C. State University’s Counseling Center has won an Emmy Award for its “#StopTheStigma” video that featured students talking about suicide.… The project began when Daniel Goldstein and Noah Martinson, clinical social workers at NCSU’s Counseling Center, set up a table at the center of campus and asked students to tell them how their lives had been affected by suicide. Several students stopped that day and later agreed to be in the video.

Terri Flebott is a member:
What losing A.C.A. could mean for health professionals
KFBB (Great Falls, MT)
Last month, licensed clinical social worker, Terri Flebott  finally achieved  a dream. She opened the doors of her own practice. But it looks like that dream may be coming to an end all too soon. She says right now almost 90 percent of her clientele are on Medicaid. “The other day I had a client the other day ask me what’s going to happen if I lose my Medicaid? Am I still going to be able to see you? And you know that’s idealistic, but if all my clients wanted to see me for free that doesn’t work for me as a business owner. How do you sustain?” said Flebott.

Jacqueline Fassett was a former president of NASW-MD:
Jacqueline D. “Jacquie” Fassett, director of social work at Sinai Hospital, dies
The Baltimore Sun
Jacqueline D. “Jacquie” Fassett, a retired social worker who was director of social work at Sinai Hospital, died Jan. 12 in her sleep at her Gwynn Oak home. She was 93.… She served as president of the Maryland chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and was a vice president of the organization on the national level. She also was a member of the board of the Society for Hospital Social Work Directors and the Council on Social Work Education. During her tenure as president of the NASW Maryland chapter, she played an instrumental role in the passage of the Maryland Social Work Act, which established the Board of Social Work Examiners and the licensing of social workers in the state.

Social Work, Civic Engagement and the 12 Grand Challenges
Social Justice Solutions
Social work researchers gathered in New Orleans last week for the 21st annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) bracing for the impending presidency of Donald J. Trump and mindful that his administration will bring challenges for the profession and many of the vulnerable citizens we serve.… Drs. Darcey Merritt and Jennifer Manuel at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, Dr. Lenna Nepomnyaschy at Rutgers University School of Social Work, Dr. Julia Henly at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and Dr. Amy Thompson at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work combined their talents and skills to create the forum. The result was quite impressive. They reached out to Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA-37) who just six months ago completed her M.S.W. degree at the University of Southern California’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She agreed to participate via Skype. National Association of Social Workers (NASW) CEO Dr. Angelo McClain and Edin Heilman, Managing Attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center rounded out the panel. About 145 people packed the room, evidence of a strong interest among social workers.

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