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News Items – April 9, 2019

Gwynedd Mercy University social work students partake in NASW Advocacy Day
Montgomery News
Gwynedd Mercy University’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) students traveled to Harrisburg March 25 to join hundreds of other social work students across the state in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Legislative Education and Advocacy Day as part of National Social Work Month. GMercyU students prepared research on their state representatives and advocated for House Bill 390, which calls for requiring school social worker certification in schools.

Bonnie Weiss is a member:
There Are 7 Types Of Inner Critics. Here’s How To Identify (And Calm) Yours
We’ve all had a run-in with an inner critic at some point in our lives. An inner critic is simply that harsh voice that spews out negative and fear-based statements that keep you locked in repetitive cycles of pain or shame. It’s that voice within that constantly tells you that you are not enough. In essence, your inner critic is the mouthpiece for the many different parts of your psyche. These “parts” are the psychological aspects within your own mind that require your attention, compassion, and healing. According to psychotherapists Jay Earley, Ph.D., and Bonnie Weiss, LCSW, there are seven types of inner critics.

Sofia DiSanti is a member:
Here’s everything you need to know about dealing with anxiety attacks
First things first, generalized anxiety is something many people experience from time to time. It’s a feeling of nervousness or worry about a particular event or situation, like an upcoming exam, a speaking engagement, or a mounting confrontation with a loved one (ugh). “The worry usually lasts for a limited period of time and can be directly linked to a particular situation,” says psychotherapist Sofia DiSanti, LCSW.

Jodi Rubin is a member:
If You’re Anxious About Getting a Beach Body, This Is What 2 Health Professionals Want You to Know
Society still has a long way to go in the terminology we use when we talk about Summer and diet culture, and two professionals in the health sphere I spoke to agree. Registered dietitian Ashley Lytwyn, MS, RDN, and Jodi Rubin, ACSW, LCSW, a certified eating disorder specialist, explained how the “beach body” concept is problematic from a physical and psychological standpoint and how we can approach the same goal in a more nourishing way.

Jessica Tappana is a member:
Joe Biden’s allegations highlight why 2020 will be hell for many sexual assault survivors
NBC News
“Anytime we put labels to what we objectively think is better or worse, we’re just being naive and missing a huge part of the picture,” says Jessica Tappanaa licensed clinical social worker and owner of Aspire Counseling in Columbia, Missouri. Tappana says the way we characterize a traumatic event — whether it be rape, sexual assault, or harassment — doesn’t determine how the people who were violated feel. And because many survivors of sexual assault already try to convince themselves that their experiences “weren’t that bad,” Tappana says, hearing family members, friends and elected officials try to rank an individual’s trauma or experience can make that internal seed of doubt grow.

Jessica Klein is a member:
10 Things To Do If You’ve Been A Victim Of Sexual Assault
Women’s Health
“It’s a natural human state to be overwhelmed with this kind of traumatic event,” says Jessica Klein, a licensed clinical social worker and adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California. “The thinking part of your brain really can’t process everything that’s happened.”

Laura Reagan is a member:
My kids haven’t slept alone since their dad left. How do I (gently) break that habit?
Washington Post
“The children may have moved into her bed because they need comfort, but developmentally, they need their mom to let them know they are okay,” says Laura Reagan, a clinical social worker specializing in trauma and attachment. “If they sense she is not okay, which is understandable under the circumstances, they may feel the urge to sleep with her so she feels safe. That sets up a potential dynamic of the children attempting to get their needs met by meeting mom’s emotional needs.”

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