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News Items – June 13, 2018

Allison Jackson is a member:
Gazette editorial: Want to improve WV’s economy? Treat unrecognized trauma
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Virginia social worker Allison Jackson tells a story of being in a barber shop when a vocational counselor, clearly frustrated, ranted about the men in his program. They completed training, got hired, in good construction jobs, for example, only to be fired a short time later. “I’m so mad at these guys and they lose their jobs and I put them through all this hard skill training,” the counselor said in the story. Jackson leaned over and asked, “Have you heard about trauma resilience?”

Susan Vallem is a member:
[Video] Trustee Takes Pride in Her Hospital, Community
Iowa Hospital
Trustees are the critical connection between hospitals and the communities they serve. It is their mission to form and guide the hospital’s vision while representing the interests of the community. In Waverly, Susan Vallem has proudly fulfilled that role in the local hospital for decades. “I enjoy seeing the interaction between the community and hospitals. I think that element is absolutely critical,” said Vallem, who is the current board chair for Waverly Health Center. “If we’re going to be a community that meets a lot of our people’s needs, we need good hospitals.”

Will Francis is the government relations director for NASW-TX:
Police: Toddler killed by sister’s boyfriend then covered up
KXAN
As a previous caseworker for the Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) and now, the government relations director for the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Will Francis spends his days advocating for the well-being of social workers and child welfare. “The reality is the best parent in the world can get mad and angry at their kid and may have to put down their kid and walk away and take a breath and come back and that’s the very best parent,” said Francis. “Those who don’t necessarily have those same skills or who haven’t really addressed maybe some of their anger issues or other behavioral issues are going to find it even more challenging.”

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Bruce Ravenscraft is a member:
[Video] Are we over scheduling kids during summer? It depends on who you ask.
KHOU
“If they’re at camp every week, that’s all very structured. They’ve got adults telling them what to do every day, all day long and they get frustrated by that,” said Bruce Ravenscraft, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with children for 25 years. “If you want to raise a resilient child, you need to raise them to have some independence, to be self reliant and also to self regulate their emotions and their behaviors. They can’t do that if you’re with them all the time and controlling everything that they do. They need chances to make mistakes and learn from them.”

Alisa Kamis-Brinda is a member:
7 Innocent Behaviors Your Partner Is Doing That You’re Misinterpreting As Hurtful
Romper.com
“As an anger management specialist, I spend a lot of time talking with my clients about their misinterpretation of others’ behaviors which often lead to feeling of hurt and then anger reactions,” Alisa Kamis-Brinda, LCSW, LCADC, a licensed clinical social worker and owner of Serenity Solutions, tells Romper by email. “Oftentimes, when we feel hurt by others’ words or actions, it is because we are taking their actions personally. However, in many situations, another person’s behaviors are not meant to intentionally hurt us. In many cases, the person’s behavior is a result of how they are feeling and their behavior is how they are trying to cope with it. Learning how to use empathy can help when we feel hurt by other’s behaviors.”

Patti Sabla is a member:
Yes, Suicidal People Like Kate Spade Can Look Like They ‘Have It All’
Style Caster
Although people living with depression and/or suicidal thoughts don’t all look a certain way, there are some warning signs to keep in mind. These could include a person giving away their possessions, making vague statements like “the world would be better off without me” or “I wish I could just go to bed and never wake up,” or hoarding their medications instead of taking them as prescribed, Patti Sabla, a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker practicing in Hawaii, tells SheKnows. Similarly, Metzger adds that other warning signs include a person isolating themselves from other people and making final statements like “I’ve always loved you.”

Ann Rosenberg is a member:
Survivors penning ‘revenge obituaries’ to settle scores with the departed
Fox News
Ann Rosenberg, a grief counselor and licensed clinical social worker in New York City, told Fox News there are myriad reasons why a survivor would want to drag a family member’s name through the proverbial funereal mud. “In one sense it could be a last bit of revenge by publicly letting other people know about how terrible their parents were,” Rosenberg said. “But it may not be a case of revenge at all. It could be a way to reach out to others like them, and find someone to bond with over a similar experience.”

Nathalie Theodore and Alison Stone are members; Gretchen Rubin will be a keynote speaker at NASW National’s conference next week:
How To ‘Design Your Summer’ So You Get A Major Happiness Boost For The Entire Season
MindBodyGreen
Nathalie C. Theodore, LCSW, notes that while it can be tempting to say “yes” to every invitation that comes your way in the spirit of living it up all summer long, if you have introverted tendencies you’re probably better off blocking off pockets of time for self-care. “With all of the social events that tend to take place over the summer, you may find your weekends quickly filling up with weddings, graduation parties, baby showers, and barbecues,” she says. “If you feel like you’re spreading yourself too thin, practice self-care by scaling back when possible so you can get some rest and avoid feeling exhausted come fall.”

Ginger Poag is a member:
7 Unexpected Signs You Have High-Functioning PTSD
Bustle
People with high-functioning PTSD tend to be workaholics or find some other way to keep their time occupied. “Staying busy all the time allows the individual with high-functioning PTSD to not have to think about the painful memories,” trauma therapist Ginger Poag, MSW, LCSW, CEMDR tells Bustle. “The trauma and memories may be too overwhelming for the person that they rather stay busy to keep their mind off of what happened.” Of course, having a packed schedule doesn’t mean you automatically suffer from PTSD, but if you notice you may be avoiding confronting some traumatic events, it might be time to speak with a therapist.

Lisa Ferentz is a member:
Lisa Ferentz: The Value of “Sober Dating”
Psychology Today
During a therapy session I was sitting with a very bright, successful, attractive and single thirty-something who was expressing her frustrations about the dating scene. “Every time I agree to go out with someone new, things feel great for the first two dates and I get really excited. And then reality sets in and I realize either we actually have very little in common, I’m not so attracted to him after all, or there are big issues that somehow got ignored.” We were both curious about why her judgment was initially “off” and how she was able to ignore the red flags that suddenly seemed to reappear after a few dates.

Amy Jeppesen is a member:
University of Idaho tackles opioid addiction through ECHO program
KIVI
“I really believe the answer to the opioid epidemic comes in collaboration,” Amy Jeppesen, a liscensed clinical social worker with ECHO Idaho said. “We have to collaborate, and it’s something we are notoriously bad at, as much as we talk about it. The echo project has really provided a door for that to happen, and I really think it’s going to have a profound impact on the state.”

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