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News Items – January 15, 2020

news items logo oneSarah Gehlert is a member:
Sarah Gehlert selected as dean of USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
USC News
Experienced researcher and university administrator Sarah Gehlert will lead the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work as dean, university officials announced Tuesday. Gehlert has served as dean of the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina since 2017. She is known for her work on the connections between social and environmental factors and health, with a focus on vulnerable populations.

Jana Wu is a member:
Patients Resolve to Pursue Small Steps Toward Big Goals
Psych Congress Network
Feeling any buyer’s remorse about those New Year’s resolutions you invested in emotionally last month? An alcohol and drug counselor at the Mountainside treatment facility in Canaan, Conn., says most of her patients can sympathize, having learned from painful experience about the pitfalls of setting often unrealistic personal goals. So when Mountainside primary clinician Jana Wu, LCSW, LADC, asks patients in her facilitated groups if they commonly make New Year’s resolutions, she’s usually met with a resounding “no.” She tells Addiction Professional that she’ll often hear comments such as, “I have tried, and I used again.”

Marline Francois-Madden is a member:
If Getting Over An Ex In 2020 Is Your Goal, Here Are 5 Things To Keep In Mind
Elite Daily
As they say, patience is a virtue. So, be careful of setting a deadline to get over your ex because your expectations may not be realistic, and the last thing you need RN is added pressure on the situation. According to Marline Francois-Madden, LCSW, psychotherapist, and CEO of Hearts Empowerment Counseling Center, you should give yourself at least three months to move on from an ex. But keep in mind that’s a minimum — some people may take a year, or even more.

Kyle Hillman is the Director of Legislative Affairs at NASW-IL:
Gillespie, Carroll looking for ‘real change’ as hearings on their bills banning isolation rooms in public schools get underway
The Chicago Tribune
Two area lawmakers said the hearing on legislation they have proposed calling for a ban on secluding students in small rooms was “productive” and “informative.”… The lawmaker said he found the testimony by Kyle Hillman of the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter, and the discussion of the mental impact of solitary confinement, to be very impactful during the hearing.

Educators Push to Ban Seclusion of Students and Shift School Culture
ProPublica
“There’s no evidence that shows seclusion rooms are effective for disciplinary actions nor for therapeutic intervention — like, zero,” Kyle Hillman, director of legislative affairs for the National Association of Social Workers, told legislators. He urged the lawmakers to ban seclusion altogether rather than making exceptions or special allowances. “If a single mother, particularly of color, was locking their child in a closet, standing outside while the child was screaming, defecating itself repeatedly, this body would be asking for criminal charges,” Hillman said. “This is happening in our schools and we’re looking for ways to still make this possible for them to do it.”

Lawmakers call for change to isolation rooms in schools
News Channel 20
State lawmakers held a hearing Tuesday to discuss the use of isolation rooms in schools. The Illinois State Board of Education has gone from banning the practice to only allowing it in the rarest of circumstances. Now experts across the state are coming forward, saying isolation rooms are a bad idea altogether. “There’s no evidence that seclusion rooms are effective for disciplinary efforts nor for therapeutic interventions,” said Kyle Hillman with the National Association of Social workers. “Like zero.”

 

 

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