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Ken Page is a member of NASW-NYS:
What Is The Ambivalent Attachment Style? Therapists Explain
Mind Body Green
As relationship therapist Ken Page, LCSW, explains, with an ambivalent resistant attachment style, children become upset and/or emotional when their caregiver isn’t present, including feeling intense anger or anxiety. They may engage in attention-seeking behaviors, and then when their caregiver does become available again, he explains, “they may become angry or even withdraw” because they don’t know how to actually accept that love and attention.

Sean Barnett is a member of NASW-OR:
[Video] Psilocybin Therapy
With the passing of Oregon Measure 109, Oregonians will have access to psilocybin therapy. Sean Barnett, LCSW, is a therapist who has used psychedelic integration with his patients. Sean will explain how psilocybin-assisted therapy has the potential to revolutionize many treatment-resistant mental illnesses, including depression, addiction, and PTSD. He will also clarify how psilocybin therapy shows remarkable promise in helping those who may not have a diagnosed mental health disorder, but struggle to find meaning and connection in an increasingly isolated and alienated world.

Heather Wilson is a member of NASW-NJ:
Look for These 5 Body Language Signs to Avoid a Family Fight, Therapists Say
But someone doesn’t have to turn their entire body away from you to indicate that they would like to distance themselves from a certain conversation. Instead, they might avoid eye contact with you, according to Heather Wilson, LCSW, a certified trauma professional who works in the behavioral healthcare industry and serves as the executive director at Epiphany Wellness.

Jennifer Convissor is a member of NASW-NYS:
Partner Content: Good News about SAD
River Journal
Does fall fill you with dread, knowing winter follows on its heels? If this is you, you’re not alone and you might suffer from S.A.D., or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Commonly referred to as the “winter blues”, the Anxiety Association of America (ADAA) reports it affects 15 million adults or 7.1% of the U.S. population. Firstly, if you’re feeling really bad, you might want to visit your health care provider for a physical exam to rule out underlying physical health problems. To prevent and treat these symptoms yourself, try the following 6 techniques to boost your energy and help you find your light in the darkness.

The History Of Social Workers
Globe Echo
By 1929, there were 10 universities offering education in the field of social work. The number of social workers continued to rise at the close of World War II to serve military veterans. The National Association of Social Workers was established in 1955 to support social workers and to promote educational opportunities and professional development. Since then, social workers have continued to work hard to achieve social justice through organizations around the world.

Bill could change the future of social work in Ohio
The future of social work in Ohio could look different if a substitute bill is adopted by the legislature. According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – Ohio Chapter, an amendment has been proposed to House Bill 509. In its original version, HB 509 allows, among other things, some leeway for some professional licensing in the wake of the pandemic and for other reasons, too. Now, a substitute amendment to that bill is including social work. NASW has obtained the bill, which is being introduced Wednesday, that would allow people with related degrees other than social work to become licensed social workers.

Erica Smith is a member of NASW-NC:
Navigating safety concerns amid recent violence at shopping centers
Spectrum News 1
“How often am I exposed to these things? What are some likelihoods of this occurring? Sometimes that can be helpful but sometimes this might be more fear inducing. Part of it is too so what is the one thing that I can do today that’s in my control? How can I focus on the one thing that’s within my control. Just focus and practice some mindfulness around what’s right in front of me,” Erica Smith, a licensed clinical social worker in Raleigh, said. Smith also recommends setting boundaries and talking about how you feel with loved ones or a therapist if you start to feel anxious.

Lily Thrope is a member of NASW-NYC:
A Mental Health Expert Tells Us How To Stay Stress-Free This Holiday Season
She Finds
To get the low-down on some of the best tips to have a stress-free holiday season, we spoke to licensed clinical social worker Lily Thrope, LCSW, PLLC, founder of Thrope Therapy. She gave us three essential steps to less stress: setting boundaries, breathing deep, and finding support. Find all of her helpful insight below!

Beth Ehrichs is a member of NASW-NYS:
For a smooth holiday season, stay flexible
Spectrum News 1
As a clinical social worker, Beth Ehrichs said the holidays can be equal parts anxiety inducing as they are positive experiences, whether you’re the host or the guest.

“Instead of expecting wondrous things, hope for good things, but expect that reality exists,” said Ehrichs. “Second important thing, when reality happens, roll with it.” Setting boundaries and communicating them will make things smoother, according to Ehrichs. “Especially when you’re dealing with a wide variety of personality types and people coming from different structures in their own homes, having boundaries ahead of time,” said Ehrichs. “I wish I could bottle this up and give it away for free, anxiety and stress. You can completely get rid of it by just letting go of control of thing you have no control over.”

Sheilah Gauch is a member of NASW-MA:
Supporting the Whole Child
Psychology Today
We are at a pivotal moment regarding support for children right now. The systems designed to help them are at their breaking point. As a social worker, I am acutely aware of the mental health crisis we are facing. Medical and public health systems, and the providers who work in them, are struggling to meet the current level of need.

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