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News Items – July 23, 2019

Meredith Powers is a member:
Climate Change Reverberations — Public Health Fallout
Social Work Today
Meredith C. F. Powers, PhD, MSW, an assistant professor in the department of social work at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and director of the climate justice program for the International Federation of Social Workers, previously worked in refugee resettlement. She says that hearing people’s stories—why they left their homes—is how she began connecting the dots. “[A refugee] might say ‘I left because of political warfare,’ but what created the need for people to be fighting? Usually it had to do with natural resources,” she says. “I kept tracing the roots back from migration to all of these environmental reasons.”

Jesse Bennett is a member:
NC to pay for clean needles under new state law to prevent opioid overdoses, deaths
The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Jesse Bennett is the statewide overdose-prevention coordinator for the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, a nonprofit that works on issues like injection drug use through activities like advocacy and connecting people to the care they need. In the three years since syringe exchanges became legal, Bennett said they have gone from distributing a few thousand syringes a year to nearly a million. And the syringes are one of the most expensive pieces of the job. “That’s where we’re we struggle the most,” Bennett said.

Mark Lusk is a member:
Move to Treat Separation, Detention of Migrant Children as Child Abuse
Public News Service
Mark Lusk, a University of Texas at El Paso professor of social work, describes that as unconscionable. He says it could harm the children for life. “It is particularly worrisome in the first and second year of life – creates separation anxiety, and confusion and anxiety in young children that is very, very hard to remediate,” he states. “It can’t be replaced by having other caregivers around. It’s very alarming that this has been going on.”

Your Local Library May Have A New Offering In Stock: A Resident Social Worker
NPR
So, these days some libraries across the country are trying the approach used in Long Branch, N.J., to support librarians tasked with social work for which they weren’t formally trained: bring in a social worker who was formally trained for situations such as these. The San Francisco Public Library is credited with being the first to do so, with Leah Esguerra back in 2009.

Shannon Thomas is a member:
How to spot a covert narcissist
The Ladder
People with dark triad personalities thrive off other people’s chaos, so a common game of theirs is to set their romantic partners up for failure all the time, then punish them for doing so. Sometimes they make empty promises, then get a kick out of the reaction when they don’t deliver. “They do what they want to do when they want to do it,” said Shannon Thomas, a licensed clinical social worker who wrote the book “Healing from Hidden Abuse.” “And then they make themselves look like the victim.”

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