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News Items – January 21, 2021

news items logo oneMit Joyner is President of NASW:
Trump Zealots Can’t Hide Behind Economic Anxiety Any Longer
Buzzfeed News
Without question, financial insecurity and inequality define much of American life — I’ve written about it for some time now — but ascribing the insurrection to the devastating impact of financial hardship overlooks the role racism played. Economic insecurity and racism have gone hand in hand and fed each other throughout American history, and it is critical not to mistake this “revolution” for Trump for something else. “[T]he human stain on America is racism, and it is something that we have not examined and have allowed to fester,” said Mit Joyner, president of the National Association of Social Workers.

Incoming first daughter Ashley Biden says she won’t be working in her father’s administration
Market Watch
The 39-year-old social worker, fashion designer and community advocate said that she does not intend to play a role in her father’s administration. While speaking with former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager on the “Today” show on Tuesday, she also said that she hopes to use the new platform to advocate for social justice and mental health, as well as to push for community development and revitalization. “I do hope to bring awareness and education to some topics, subjects that are really important,” she said.

Debra Hurd is a member:
Debra Gage Hurd Reelected Chair of the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board
University of Arkansas
Debra Gage Hurd, clinical full professor in the School of Social Work, was elected to serve a second term as chair of the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board on Jan. 11. She served as vice-chair prior to that and was originally appointed to the board by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in 2015. She was reappointed to the board in 2019, and her term will expire on June 30, 2021.

Margaret Cochran is a member:
Can Kids Have Seasonal Affective Disorder? Here’s What Parents Should Know.
“It is possible for children to have SAD, just as it’s possible for them to have anxiety, depression and other concerns,” said Margaret Cochran, a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker based in San Jose, California. “It can develop in younger children, but it most frequently manifests, as do many other disorders, around the time puberty begins.”

Beth Rosenbaum is a member:
What is Body Dysmorphia? 5 Signs You Have Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Beth Rosenbaum is a Philadelphia-based licensed clinical social worker and therapist with over 30 years working with eating disorders and BDD. She says that there can either be an infatuation with reaching a certain size or weight, or people can have a preoccupation with how a certain body part looks. She typically sees women obsessing over their breasts, stomachs, and thighs, trying to fit the “societal perfection expectations for women.” (Here are the ways to achieve body acceptance.)

Jill Farley is a member:
Psychologists Say Society has Become Desensitized to Major Events
From the riots at the capitol building, impeachment, to the plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer – psychologists are saying people have become desensitized to major events. “There’s a lot of isolating, we’re seeing increases in anxiety and depression,” says Jill Farley, a clinical social worker for Life Skills Psychological Services in Cadillac. Farley says that the constant stress people experienced in 2020 has caused society to desensitize major events in 2021.

Carolyn Karoll is a member:
5 Love Experts on What an Equal Relationship Actually Looks Like
“50/50 means you both respect the other’s interests, desires, hopes, and dreams, even if you don’t share them,” says psychotherapist Carolyn Karoll, LCSW-C, CEDS-S. “It means giving space for those things, showing interest, and encouraging them, to a reasonable degree.” One way to do this is to ask your partner to teach you about an interest or viewpoint of theirs. “Being open to actually learn or enjoy something that is important to the other helps couples feel that they’re important and each member matters,” says Karoll.

Colleen Dempsey is a practice associate with NASW-OH:
As new Ohio law, House Bill 33 will protect reporters of animal abuse
The Columbus Dispatch
The law gives these professionals protection when doing so, by making them immune from civil or criminal liability if they acted in “good faith” when making a report. “Feeling like your hands are tied feels really, really bad as a social worker,” said Colleen Dempsey, practice associate for the Ohio chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, a proponent of the new law. “It’s a really tough spot to be in.”

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