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News Items – April 13, 2016

ThinkstockPhotos-86521850Dierdre Ashley, the writer, is a member:
Alcohol is closely tied to anxiety, depression
Jackson Hole News & Guide (WY)
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. The topic has received a good deal of focus lately given some of the accidents, local events and concerns about the social acceptance or culture of our community related to alcohol. An age-old question is how alcohol relates to mental health — specifically depression and anxiety.

Linda Oxford is a member:
Tennessee House OKs bill allowing therapists to deny service
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Linda Oxford, a licensed clinical social worker and licensed marriage and family therapist in Memphis, wrote a guest commentary in The Commercial Appeal saying that the bill is unnecessary because there are already provisions in place allowing counselors and therapist to make referrals to clients based on the skills needed to provide the client with the best available services for his or her particular needs.

Brandie Filer and Vickie Bruckerhoff are members:
SGCMH Salutes Social Workers In March
Ste. Genevieve Herald (MO)
March was National Social Work Month, and Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) proudly celebrated the accomplishments and service of its social workers, Vickie Bruckerhoff and Brandie Filer. At SGCMH, Filer, MSW, LCSW, handles inpatient and outpatient social services and provides a variety of duties including but not limited to helping patients and their families understand a particular illness; and providing psychosocial support to people, families or vulnerable populations so they can cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Bruckerhoff, LCSW, BCD, handles outpatient counseling for patients as young as 5 years old. Bruckerhoff also utilizes pet therapy in her practice, bringing Rebel, a miniature pincher, with her to work most days.

Shirley Fineran is a member:
Five from Siouxland named Women of Excellence
The Catholic Globe (Sioux City, IA)
Marilyn Murphy Lifetime Achievement Award: Franciscan Sister Shirley Fineran is an assistant professor of social work at Briar Cliff University. She was a founding member of several organizations, including the Food Bank of Siouxland, Siouxland Habitat for Humanity and Siouxland Unidad Latina. She serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Home and continues to work with the Mary Treglia Community House. Her newest mission is establishing a halfway house for women who have been involved with human trafficking.

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