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News Items – August 11, 2022

news items logo oneHow to Protect Your Data Post Roe v. Wade
One Green Planet
“These [apps] are incredibly powerful tools for health activity and monitoring, but in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned, there are a lot of questions and concerns about how they collect data and how it could be used,” says Jennifer Thompson, Executive Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. As Thompson explains, the data collected regarding users’ menstrual cycles, pregnancy status, and other health-related information is of significant concern, but so are apps with locating capabilities. With some state legislators threatening to crack down on those leaving the state to seek abortion services elsewhere, special consideration should be taken regarding the use of an app that tracks one’s location.

Considering A Nonprofit Campaign Partner? 12 Areas To Not Overlook
“Critical to a successful partnership is exploring your shared values. Often, nonprofit organizations feel resource deprived and are quick to partner with companies. In that rush of excitement, they neglect to have meaningful conversations about shared values, where they can offer financial help and candidates they may support. These are hard conversations to have but they are critical.” – Jennifer ThompsonNational Association of Social Workers New Jersey/Delaware

Martha Schultz is a member:
Albany County DA calls for special legislative session on public safety
Spectrum News
“We know consequences don’t resolve anything,” said school social worker Martha Schultz. “It looks good on paper, but you’re not fixing anything. You’re not getting to the root of the issue.” Schultz serves as the director for the state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in the Northeast Division and is on the association board of directors. She said Raise the Age has improved the services for troubled teenagers who commit crimes, including better probation or mental health assistance, and prevents youth from a life of repeated offenses or cycles in the prison system.

Elizabeth (Potter) Kemfort is a member:
Saint Leo University MSW Alumna Positively Impacting Veterans, Teens
Saint Leo University
In addition to her professional career, she has even dedicated time outside of work to the community. She previously served on the steering committee as the social media chair of the Tampa Bay chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She is also a member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. When she can find some free time, Kemfort enjoys reading, gardening, walking her dogs, taking weekend trips with her husband, and visiting wineries.

Social Worker Left Shock $11M Donation to Kids’ Charities
The Daily Beast
A Washington state social worker who died of cancer this year left a surprise $11 million donation behind for children’s charities—a fortune that not even his closest friends knew he had. Alan Naiman, who died in January at the age of 63, left the money behind for kids’ charities that help the poor, sick, disabled, and abandoned. He was known during his life for being thrifty— friends told the Associated Press how he fixed his battered shoes with duct tape, looked out for deals at the grocery store deli at closing time, and took friends out to lunch at cheap fast-food joints.

Claire Lerner is a member:
When Setting Limits Gets Physical
Psychology Today
Time to tackle a thorny issue: What to do when your child is not cooperating with an important limit or transition—a “have-to”—and the only way to ensure that the limit is enforced or that the transition is made is by physically handling her. For example, when your child: refuses to get out of the pool; sits down in the middle of the parking lot in protest because you wouldn’t get her the unicorn at Target; is being unsafe and destructive and won’t voluntarily go to the calm-down corner; or, keeps coming out of her room at bedtime.

Shirley Roseman is a member:
State medical board ignores trans pleas, bows to DeSantis push for treatment guidelines
Florida Phoenix
Shirley Roseman, a licensed clinical social worker in Broward County, said the board of medicine has already been denying care for new patients. She said she’s seen therapists in certain areas erring on the side of caution, canceling services altogether for trans youth.  For the first time since she started seeing trans patients, the board recently returned letters requesting medical transition surgeries for patients over 18, she said. “This is all before everything has even changed,” she said. “It affects both youth and adults.”

Nanci Ginty Butler is a member:
Four ways to support your teen’s mental health
Boston Children’s Hospital
Being a teen is hard enough, but with the current adolescent mental health crisis, parents should know about the psychosocial challenges — from stress to suicidal thoughts — teens face nowadays. We spoke with Nanci Ginty Butler, LICSW, director of Mental Health Services in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s to learn more. Ginty Butler explains that behavioral health symptoms like exhaustion, moodiness, and inattentiveness are often reactions or adaptations to trauma or acute stress.

Lynn Hagan is a member:
Be Remarkable: Lynn Hagan helps disaster relief volunteers, military members
Volunteers carry out approximately ninety percent of the American Red Cross mission, and one of our local volunteers here in the Brazos Valley has been doing humanitarian work for many years. Dr. Lynn Hagan of College Station has spent a lifetime taking care of her community and members of the armed forces. Hagen is a licensed clinical social worker who has served throughout the United States and globally, including working extensively with the US Embassy in Kuwait following the 9/11 attacks and the American Red Cross since 2015.

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