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News Items – January 9, 2019

Maryann Mahaffey

Maryann Mahaffey

Maryann Mahaffey was the first woman elected as president to the National Association of Social Workers:
It’s time to name a building or park after trailblazing Detroiter Maryann Mahaffey
Detroit Free Press
It is time to recognize former Detroit City Council President Maryann Mahaffey for her 50-plus years of service to the city. As daughter, former students and mentees of Maryann, we are calling on the City of Detroit and Wayne State University to memorialize her through the naming of building, park and/or memorial garden.… There was also another legacy Maryann left: the hundreds of students and rising stars that the councilwoman taught and mentored, including the late Detroit City Council Member and President Erma Henderson. Mahaffey, a proud social worker, was the first woman elected as president to the National Association of Social Workers, co-edited a seminal text (Practical Politics: Social Work and Political Responsibility), and was a member of the executive committee of the International Federation of Social Work. In addition, she taught at Wayne State University School of Social Work from 1965 to 1990.

Michele King is a member:
[Video] New app allows you to donate to CMS students in need
WCNC
The Purposity app is already being used by school districts in cities such as Atlanta and Nashville, but in order for CMS to begin using it, they need a minimum of 500 registered users to activate accounts. On the first day of its launch, it had close to 100. “To be honest, we’re a large urban school district, so we experience the battle of trying to support kids in ways that are not necessarily academic,” said Michele King, who has spent her 17-year career as a social worker within CMS.

Toni Coleman is a member:
8 relationship ‘red flags’ that may not be as big of a deal as you think
Insider
More often than not, couples’ sex lives change over the course of their relationship, so there’s generally nothing to worry about if you recognize this happening to you. Toni Coleman, LCSW, CMC, a psychotherapist, relationship coach, and divorce mediator, told INSIDER that thought this is a natural part of the relationship, it could be worth a conversation. “If a partner is picking up on these worrisome signs, they should try to open up a conversation about what they are seeing, letting their partner know they are concerned and there for them with a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, an (hopefully) objective sounding board, and a helpful resource if necessary,” Coleman added.

Sandi Kaufman is a member:
5 Fights Couples Therapists Want You To Stop Having In 2019
Refinery29
When you think about New Year’s resolutions, you probably think of easy-to-track, external goals: leveling up in your career, trying a new fitness routine, finally putting a limit on your soul-sucking Netflix consumption. What might not come to mind is improving how you fight in your relationships. That’s because most people probably want to devote less energy to these spats, not more. But dropping these toxic, counterproductive arguments is one of the most impactful goals you can set for yourself. Here to help you identify and reframe dangerous fighting dynamics in your relationships are Vanessa Marin, sex therapist, Dr. Liz Powell, psychologist and sex educator, and Sandi Kaufman, LCSW and relationship and intimacy therapist.

Clair Mellenthin is a member:
[Video] Red flags to watch for in your child’s play
KUTV
Parents can find themselves feeling many different emotions as they watch their child engage in play. For some parents, there can be uncomfortable emotions as they see their child play out different roles in the family or they may feel concerned about different behaviors they see. Today on Fresh Living Clair Mellenthin, a psychotherapist, joined the hosts to discuss red flags to watch for in child play. Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S is a sought-after international speaker, author, and psychotherapist. Clair is the author of Play Therapy: Proven Strategies for Childhood Disorders, and My Many Colors of Me Workbook. In addition to being an experienced play therapist and presenter, she frequently appears on local and national media as an expert on children and family issues.

Kim West is a member:
How can I wean my children off their new habit of playing ‘musical beds’?
The Washington Post
So I went to Kim West herself for advice. A licensed clinical social worker and author of several books including “The Sleep Lady’s Good Night Sleep Tight,” West has counseled families for more than 20 years. It’s so common, said West, to see parents evolve from nursing and rocking babies to sleep to lying down with their little ones, “because it’s easier.” As part of the Sleep Lady Shuffle for kids ages 2 to 5, she recommends holding a family meeting: “Admit that you taught them to fall asleep one way, but now you’re going to teach them another way.”

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