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News Items – July 2, 2019

Andrea Smoller is a member:
NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center Receives 60 Blankets
Huntington Patch
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, partnered with Subaru’s Love to Care program, donated over 60 blankets to the NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center in Huntington, which was thrilled, per a release. Under the organization of Social Worker, Andrea Smoller, LCSW-R, Huntington physicians, nurses, management, and staff, accepted these beautiful blankets from local, and regional, Subaru of America and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society representatives.

Ed Baker is a member:
Opioid forum breaks down stigmas of substance misuse
WPTZ (VT)
And Dr. Ed Baker, a clinical social worker, presented on some of the stigmas surrounding substance misuse. He advised that words go a long way, and that straying from words like user and addict will benefit those battling substance use disorder. “Recreational use, doctor shopping, user; these words don’t get it,” he said. “They don’t sound compassionate.”

Jude Treder-Wolff is a member:
How To Give Your Partner More Space Without Losing Them, According To Experts
Bustle
“The best way to give a partner space is to dig in and challenge yourself to do something that’s a true challenge and takes you out of your comfort zone,” Jude Treder-Wolff, licensed clinical social worker who specializes in relationship skill development, tells Bustle. When your partner says they need some space, the last thing you should be doing is waiting for them to come back around. Instead, fill your time with things that you love doing. If you need more of a distraction, take on a “next-level goal” that brings out a hidden or undeveloped strength. “When we expand in positive ways, relationships that are healthy expand along with them,” Treder-Wolff says. “Unhealthy relationships may flounder a bit when one partner grows, but that can lead to an important change.”

FSU institute event highlights data-driven solutions to transform criminal justice system for the 21st century
Florida State University News
Florida State University’s Institute for Justice Research and Development (IJRD) hosted a spoken-word event about justice and opportunity June 27 at the FSU Center for Global Engagement. The event, organized by Carrie Pettus-Davis, founder and executive director of the Institute for Justice Research and Development (IJRD), was designed to generate public discourse about criminal justice reform. Pettus-Davis is one of social work’s leading experts in criminal justice and smart decarceration strategies. “We are at a unique moment in history where we have the moral will, the fiscal will and the political will to create and implement data-driven solutions to the problems of current criminal justice approaches and help individuals, families and communities thrive,” she said.

Jeremy Taubman is a member:
[Video] Mental health experts, advocates disagree on effects of medical marijuana
KRON
Mental health professionals at John Muir Behavioral Health in Concord are warning about the potential risks of using today’s highly potent forms of marijuana. “20 or 30 years ago, the average strain of marijuana had about 2 percent to 3 percent of THC. Today it can have more than 10 times that amount,” said Jeremy Taubman, director of John Muir Behavioral Health. Taubman is a licensed clinical social worker, certified addiction specialist and director of John Muir Behavioral Health outpatient programs in Concord.

Dina Rosengarten is a member:
Social worker counsels clients by day and volunteers by night
Arizona Jewish Post
After 30 years as a public behavioral health social worker, Dina Rosengarten is still in love with her role. She has a new position as director at a large, private, non-profit behavioral health center in Tucson. She counsels residential clients, mostly those in substance abuse recovery and with severe mental health issues. She also oversees clinical staff and direct services and supervises case managers. “There are lots of moving parts and long days but I love what I do, the people I meet, and the staff I work with. It fills my soul,” she says.

Karen Koenig is a member:
How To Reduce Your Anxiety In 30 Days, According To Experts
Bustle
“Don’t argue with your anxiety,” Karen Koenig, licensed clinical social worker and expert on eating disorders, tells Bustle. If you find this difficult, Koenig suggests a thought experiment. “Think about anxious thoughts like trains,” she says. “In a train station, you watch lots of trains go by that aren’t heading to your destination and only get on the one that’s going where you want to go. It’s the same with thoughts. If a thought about an upcoming wedding, relocation, major surgery, etc. makes you anxious, don’t engage with it. Just mindfully notice that you’re having it and let it pass.” Ignoring these thoughts can create more friction and discomfort, but mindfully letting them pass — and consciously engaging with thoughts that don’t give you anxiety — can help you retrain your brain to ignore the anxious thoughts, even when they’re there.

Angela Clary is a member:
5 tips for helping family caregivers manage medications
The Somerville Times
Angela Clary: “As we know, caregiving is a fulltime job that often requires coordinating many moving pieces. Medication is usually a key part of that picture, and it often falls on caregivers to ensure that things stay on track. Roughly 83 percent of Americans take at least one medication daily, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Used correctly, medications are generally safe—though the CDC cautions that adverse drug reactions cause more than one million emergency room visits each year.”

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