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News Items – August 13, 2019

Rebecca Gonzalez is Director of Legislative Affairs at NASW-CA:
Debate continues over California’s new ammo law as US talks reforms
A federal judge is expected to decide later this month whether to halt the law as a violation of the Second Amendment right to bear arms and other federal laws. Gun control advocates said the numbers are proof positive that ammunition is being kept out of the wrong hands. “It shows that the law is working as intended, and I think it’s great that people that shouldn’t be buying ammunition are not able to buy ammunition,” said Rebecca Gonzales, volunteer co-chair of the Sacramento chapter of the Brady Campaign.

Vanessa Watson-Hill:
How A Toxic Mom Can Affect You As An Adult, According To Experts
Are you someone who finds yourself drawn to toxic partners? Do you have a hard time maintaining healthy relationships? If you had a toxic mom growing up, your current relationship difficulties could be a result of that. “It can be difficult for adults to form and sustain healthy relationships growing up with a toxic mom,” Vanessa Watson-Hill, LCSW, owner of a psychotherapy practice specializing in caregiving and parent issues, tells Bustle. “Toxic moms are often emotionally unavailable to model healthy relationships for their children,” she says. Now that you’re on your own, you might find that you can’t effectively communicate or identify your needs in relationships.

Jodi Rubin is a member:
A New York Times article about the perfect workout for every ‘wedding dress silhouette’ sparked internet outrage, and health experts agree it perpetuates damaging body ideals
Readers particularly objected to a quote in the original article that swimming can be a great workout, “but should be done in moderation, so that your back does not get too wide.” This framing suggests women need to work out enough to lose weight, but not so much that they become unfeminine or undesirable, Jodi Rubin, a licensed clinical social worker and certified eating disorder specialist, told INSIDER. Her work also focuses on cultivating healthy exercise goals instead of habits that can be excessive and destructive.

Health centers receive grants to address opioid epidemic
Houma Today (LA)
Guidry said the health center has seen an increase in the number of people seeking opioid treatment. The center’s focused on using multiple treatment methods that include medication and group and individual counseling with a licensed clinical social worker. “I think people are realizing that there is access to care now and so they’re reaching out a little more,” he said. He said the mental health disorders aren’t limited by addictions, though they often see patients with multiple disorders.

Arryn Hawthorne is a member:
How to deal with the death of a pet
Chicago Reader
“There’s a level of responsibility we have with pets that we don’t necessarily have with people,” says Arryn Hawthorne, a clinical social worker at Hawthorne Tree Psychotherapy, LLC. “With pets, you can choose euthanasia and when you’re given that choice, it’s a huge decision. It comes with a lot of guilt and questioning about whether you made the right decision or not.”

Elizabeth Boskey is a member:
What the research says about hormones and surgery for transgender youth
Journalist’s Resource
“Most of the research is on older patients,” Elizabeth Boskey, a social worker at the Center for Gender Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital and co-author of several research papers on gender confirmation gender-affirming surgery in youth, notes. “But there is evidence in the literature about just overall improved health, reduced anxiety, increased ability to function, for individuals after they have these gender-affirming surgeries.”

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