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Brittany Hogan is a member:
[Podcast] When the Culture War Comes for Your Job
What Next (Slate)
Brittany Hogan worked in diversity and inclusion for the Rockwood School District for eight years. As public debate intensified over the way race is discussed in schools, and threats were made against her, Hogan eventually was pushed to resign. Guest: Brittany Hogan, former director of educational equity and diversity for the Rockwood School District in St. Louis County.

Terri Wilkerson is a member:
Young and LGBTQ in rural NC: Isolated, tough, but changing
Herald Sun
Terri Wilkerson, 34, recalled growing up in her rural Johnston County family thinking there was something wrong with friends who were LGBTQ. Eventually, Wilkerson realized that she valued her friends more than her conservative upbringing, and that her own experiences foreshadowed the realization that she was panromantic and asexual, she said. Now married with two children, her husband has been supportive of her journey, she said, and younger cousins, who are coming out as members of the LGBTQ community, now turn to her for support. Young people are different now, said Wilkerson, 34, who is a social worker with NAMI Wake County, a mental health association. But they also face “more subtle and more malicious” harassment, such as cyberbullying.

School of Social Work Receives $1.9 Million Federal Grant
University of St. Thomas
The School of Social Work in the Morrison Family College of Health just received its largest federal grant ever: $1.9 million from the U.S. Health and Resources Administration (HRSA).  It is also the second-largest federal grant (outside of COVID-19 stimulus funds) ever awarded to the University of St. Thomas. The grant will enable the School of Social Work to provide $10,000 scholarships over four years to 116 Master of Social Work (MSW) students in clinical field placements, with the ultimate goal of expanding integrated behavioral health services for medically underserved communities.

Dawn Rochelle is a member:
One Place partners up to expand mental health services for local child abuse victims
The Jacksonville Daily News (NC)
Chief Executive Officer at One Place, and mother Dawn Rochelle, LCSW, discussed the importance of not only bringing more services to the area but having them readily available when they are needed. “As a therapist, but more importantly a mom, if something happens to any child, we need mental health services readily available to support the child and the family until the case finishes the Department of Social Services process, the law enforcement process, and the court process,” Rochelle said. “When you have a child that has been abused, it should not take a secret decoder ring to find services.”

Troy Brindle is a member of the NASW National board of directors:
Students accuse Bible college of racism as historic social work program is shuttered
The Washington Post
Troy Brindle, a former adjunct professor of social work at Cairn and a current member of the National Association of Social Workers’ national board, pointed to the creation of the graduate program last year, saying it doesn’t make sense to expand the program one year only to eliminate it the next. Even if that were a plausible explanation, he added, the administration’s shifting story raises questions. “I’m like, ‘Can you make up your mind on what you want the story to be,’” Brindle said. “’Because what you led with is not a story of financial lows.’”

Marinelle Reynolds is a member:
[Audio] How Occupational Licensing Rules Affect Military Families
These are rules requiring licensing for workers in a number of professions, like teaching, hairstyling or interior design. But the regulations for those licenses vary from state to state, which can hinder those workers’ ability to move around. And that’s especially true for military spouses, many of whom hold jobs that require licensing and who also frequently have to move across state lines. Here to talk about the executive order and how it might affect military families is Marinelle Reynolds. She’s a licensed clinical social worker and a military spouse herself.

Heather Evans is a member:
Litton names task force to study sexual abuse handling in SBC, including a critic of past actions as an adviser
Baptist News Global
Within the task force, three members bring particular expertise related to the work. Damon has extensive experience as a therapist and advocate for children and mental health. Evan drafted a Tennessee law to criminalize clergy sexual abuse that unanimously passed the state Legislature this year. Evans is a licensed clinical social worker with a specialization in women’s issues, particularly sexual trauma, sex trafficking and care for its victims. Her doctoral dissertation focused on complex trauma and post-traumatic growth in victims of domestic sex trafficking.

Oncology Social Workers ‘Just as Important’ as Chemo
Chemotherapy is a common treatment for many kinds of cancer, and, when successful, can help cancer patients live longer. But, experts say, another kind of therapy is just as important. “Social workers are just as important in the treatment of cancer as chemotherapy,” says Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, professor of medicine and deputy director of clinical services for the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Inside the Mayor’s Plan to Help N.Y.C.’s Schools Recover
The New York Times
Students will also receive more emotional support, with the city promising to hire more than 500 social workers and conduct wellness checks. “Healing must happen hand in hand with rigorous academics,” Meisha Porter, the city’s school chancellor, said during the news conference.


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