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News Items – April 23, 2019

How schools are using restorative justice to remedy racial disparities in discipline
Another effective strategy to transform zero tolerance and interrupt the racialized school-to-prison pipeline is to enter into partnerships with area universities to develop and monitor data and conduct rigorous research on school discipline and racial disparities. A good example is the researcher-practitioner partnership between the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and the Office of Social-Emotional Learning at Denver Public Schools.

Bill Lamb is a member:
Bill would boost monthly allowance for people in nursing homes for first time since 1987
The small allowances that people on state assistance in nursing homes get each month would increase for the first time in decades under legislation filed this week at the General Assembly. Legislators and advocates backing the bill also want money to hire more ombudsmen to check out complaints in the system, saying that number hasn’t increased in years either. These things “need an adjustment every now and then,” Bill Lamb, with Friends of Residents in Long Term Care, said during a Tuesday press conference.

School of Social Work holds ethics panel about immigration in the U.S.
The Daily Tar Heel
A crowd of UNC School of Social Work students, faculty, field instructors and other mental health professionals stood in the school’s lobby around noon on Monday, chatting over plates of barbecue and pasta salad. They slowly filtered into the school’s auditorium, settling into their seats. Faculty members set up a camera for an online live stream. The School of Social Work hosted its final Clinical Lecture Series of the school year on Monday. The lecture focused on ethics, access, equity and advocacy for non-citizens.

Sarah Butts | NASW
The Daily Record
Sarah Christa Butts, LMSW was appointed director of public policy with the National Association of Social Workers. Butts is responsible for leading the association’s public policy, political and legislative affairs agenda, overseeing field organizing, working at both the national level and with NASW chapters, political candidates’ fundraising and endorsement efforts, as well as developing and advancing the association’s strategic goals and objectives related to influencing the legislative and executive branches of government.

Students attend Social Work Advocacy Day
Castleton Spartan
On March 28, the National Association of Social Work in Vermont held its annual Social Work Advocacy Day at the Vermont State House and a multitude Castleton University students attended. They made up a large chunk of the 110 social work students at the event. There were so many students that Rep. Anne Pugh, one of the speakers at the event, said she had never seen so many social work students.

Madison McCullough is a member:
Why you could suddenly lose feelings for your partner — and what to do about it
Madison McCullough, LCSW, a New York City-based therapist, told INSIDER that this loss of interest oftentimes occurs when “there is something that comes up that indicates a real difference in values or things that will really affect a person’s lifestyle.” She said sometimes people may be surprised that these sort of differences don’t come up earlier in a relationship even though they seem like immediate deal breakers.

Erik Anderson is a member:
Ann Arbor’s Dawn Farm hosts free education series on substance addiction
All About Ann Arbor
Local addiction treatment center Dawn Farm is hosting a series of events in April and May aimed at spreading awareness and fostering recovery from substance abuse.… Erik Anderson is an embedded social worker at the College of Engineering for Counseling and Psychological Services at University of Michigan.

How to find a therapist when you need one
The Boston Globe
Her desperation ended when she stumbled on a solution few Boston-area residents realize exists: Therapy Matcher, a client-therapist matchmaking service administered by the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The individually-tailored referral service, run by social workers who screen a database for likely best-fits, called back two hours later with two promising candidates, including a therapist [Jill] Gilchuhi saw 10 days later, and who she continues to visit.

Erin Sibley Doerwald is a member:
Proper conduct around service dogs (and their people) aid in wellness
Santa Fe New Mexican
Erin Sibley Doerwald of Santa Fe is in the midst of training her yellow Labrador, Otis, to become a therapy dog as part of Assistance Dogs of the West’s owner-self trainer program. Studies have shown how dogs play pivotal anxiety-reducing roles in people’s lives in a number of stressful situations, such as court proceedings, therapy sessions and in airports. The assistance of a dog often helps facilitate progress in ways that take longer with only human interaction.

Dennis Anderson is a member:
Dennis Anderson: Anguish into action on veteran suicide
Antelope Valley Press
The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to count the number of veteran deaths by suicide at about 20 a day. The number is probably higher because suicides are counted differently in many states and it is not uncommon for many deaths to be classified as drug overdoses without making a connection to military service. Even so, that amounts to 7,300 acknowledged suicides a year. The research is inconclusive and the data is complex. The facts are confounding. And the toll is measured in human anguish, for the surviving loved ones and the suddenly departed.

Urania Glassman is a member:
‘Infatuated’ With Columbine: Threats and Fear, 20 Years After a Massacre
The New York Times
As the anniversary approaches, the threat and the fears have turned what was supposed to be a time of healing into a renewed source of trauma, said Urania Glassman, a clinical social worker and professor at Yeshiva University in New York. “You have somebody who wants to throw a grenade on that parade and so do harm again,” Dr. Glassman said. “It retraumatizes people who were present and survived, it retraumatizes the families and it retraumatizes the communities.”

Kaati Tarr is a member:
Facebook-funded ‘digital safety’ event offers help for parents navigating the internet age
“It’s really not a matter of if but when they will see something uncomfortable online,” said Kaati Tarr a clinical social worker and a member of the Oakdale Elementary PTA. She encourages parents to teach their kids to talk about those uncomfortable things they see online. Giving parents a chance to address the issues in an open format.

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