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News Items – January 9, 2015

one burning candle with a few as a backgroundAnnie Davis is the NASW-OH Chapter President:
Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn Honored at Candlelight Vigil
People Magazine
“Leelah was not allowed to hang out with my son after she came out as gay,” says Annie Davis, who lived next to the Alcorns for 14 years. “I knew this wasn’t a good thing. Isolation is never a good thing.”

[Video] Children’s transgender clinic offers support to teens and their families
WCPO Cincinnati
“Transgender people have been around a long time, so it’s really nothing new, but I think today more and more kids are actually coming out and disclosing their gender identity,” said Sarah Painer, a social worker with the clinic. “Like Leelah, though, the effect on the family dynamic can be very difficult . . . so Children’s offers help to parents too.”

The author, Caitlin Ryan, is a member:
Parents don’t have to choose between their faith and their LGBT kids (COMMENTARY)
The Washington Post
Over the past 10 years, we have developed a family support model that helps all families — especially socially and religiously conservative ones — to support their LGBT children. We start by meeting families where they are and showing them that the behaviors they thought were helping their LGBT child instead contribute to higher risks for health problems and family conflict.

Baltimore Social Worker Forms Integral Part Of Recovery Team
CBS Baltimore
Scott Dehorty, MSW, LCSW-C has worked in the field of addiction for most of his career. He graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Human Services/Psychology and from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a Masters in Social Work. He is now the lead pain recovery clinician and group counselor, part of a multi-disciplinary team which comprises the Pain Recovery Program at Father Martin’s Ashley – an inpatient addiction treatment facility in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Jack Register is a member:
Register to lead mental health advocacy group
News & Observer
The advocacy group National Alliance on Mental Illness North Carolina has named Jack Register its new executive director. Register replaces Deby Dihoff, who retired in December after eight years with the nonprofit. NAMI NC has been active in the debate over improving mental health treatment in the state. Register is a former government relations director for the state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and a former NAMI NC board member. Register worked most recently at UNC-Greensboro in the Department of Social Work.

Barbara Schnichels is a member:
Google this: Do Internet searches mirror our moods?
Star Tribune
“Spring is especially tough on anxiety, and fall is a little more tough on depression,” said Barbara Schnichels, clinical social worker and therapist, whose firm, Resilient Wellbeing, is located in Burnsville. The exuberance that accompanies spring is beneficial for most people, but it can have the opposite effect for people who are struggling. “For people with stable moods and not having any mental health issues, that increase in energy and light is a wonderful thing that makes us happy,” said Schnichels, who is leading a session on developing resilience skills Jan. 13 at Pathways Minneapolis. “But just think about your most anxious moment, and then charge that with lots of energy. It’s going to put the anxiety index into ‘overwhelm.’ ”

Dana Marie Kennedy is a member:
AARP appoints new state director
East Valley Tribune
AARP has announced the appointment of Dana Marie Kennedy as state director for Arizona AARP. Kennedy joins the national organization’s state office after serving more than 20 years as a leading advocate for working families, retirees and women at the local, state and national levels.

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