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News Items – April 27, 2016

451190033Kristie Seelman is a member:
After North Carolina’s Law, Trans Suicide Hotline Calls Double
The Daily Beast
“Bathroom access is a basic human right—it’s something we all need, wherever we live,” said Dr. Kristie L. Seelman, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Georgia State University, in an interview with The Daily Beast. “To deny someone the ability to use a public restroom is an attempt to deny that person basic dignity,” she added. “Such a situation has a profound impact on well-being, including mental health.” Dr. Seelman is the author of a February 2016 study published in the Journal of Homosexuality, which analyzed survey responses from 2,325 transgender people who had attended college and found that “denial of access to bathrooms and denial of access to campus housing due to being trans were statistically significantly associated with lifetime suicide attempt.”

Alicia Kaplan is a member:
Wrongs of passage: Theater as foster-care catharsis
Triad City Beat (Greensboro, NC)
It’s one of innumerable instances throughout the play’s lifespan in which having social workers handy for these types of scenes was crucial for both the cast and crew. The sponsorship of the joint Masters of Social Work program at UNCG and NC A&T University is mutually beneficial; social work interns in the program clock in hours while LeWinter has the clinical backup required for the subject matter being performed. The three interns — Anna Black, Rissa Tuttle and Melissa Williams, supervised by clinical director and producer Alicia Kaplan — not only provided appropriate care during harder moments and helped to conduct interviews with actors, but also run sound, help actors practice lines and drive them to rehearsals. LeWinter said the production would’ve been incredibly different without their presence.
See also: Seeing red: Triad Stage play about foster care is art imitating life (

Sherry Amatenstein is a member:
Megan Fox is giving her marriage a second chance — should you?
New York Post
“The appeal [of getting back with an ex] is understandable,” says Sherry Amatenstein, an NYC-based licensed clinical social worker and couples therapist. “There’s a depth of history together; you understand one another. And when you’re apart, you come to appreciate the other person because you can see what [life] is like without them.”

Angela Blake is a member:
[Video] Local therapist recommends holistic treatment for hyperactive children
WMDT (Salisbury, MD)
Holistic therapy for kids with behavioral issues stemming from disorders like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is growing in popularity across the country. One local social worker is encouraging parents to give it a shot. Angela Blake says, “I’m not disclaiming or disregarding pharmaceuticals in any way. However, especially with children, you want to be extra cautious. Medications just manage some of the symptoms. They don’t really get to the root of the problem.” Blake is a licensed clinical social worker and child and adolescent therapist at The Personal Wellness Center in Salisbury. She uses brain yoga, deep breathing exercises, and even art therapy when working with children.

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