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News Items – June 18, 2019

Social Standing/Postura social
Manhattan Times
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has recommended a ratio of one social worker for every 200 students, and one for every 50 students in areas that are more vulnerable.… Dr. Claire Green-Forde, Executive Director of the NASW’s New York City Chapter, said that the city currently has an average of one social worker for every 800 students. “A seven-hour work-day has 420 minutes. If you divide that by the number of students, that is less than five seconds each social worker would have for each student,” she said.

Courtney Brunner is a member:
‘It gave me courage': $2,000 awarded to area entrepreneur through Red Letter Grant
Pierce County Herald
Having worked two years at Westfields Hospital cancer center in New Richmond as a psychotherapist, Courtney Brunner, MSW, LCSW, realized the need for therapy resources in Ellsworth and the Pierce County area. With the help of the Red Letter Grant program, Brunner has stepped out with confidence into a new journey of entrepreneurship after receiving their $2,000 award for start-up costs. Her business, CB Therapy Group, will open in late July 2019 at 111 N. Chestnut Street in Ellsworth.

Kathryn Smerling is a member:
New Mom Health Anxiety Is Real, But There’s No Need To Suffer In Silence
Romper
Moms aren’t the only ones to experience these symptoms, either. In an interview with Romper, NYC-based family therapist Kathryn Smerling, Ph.D., LCSW, said it’s not uncommon for both parents to experience these kinds of worries after baby comes along. “I think there are all kinds of anxiety people start to personalize when they become a mom they never thought of before. You hear about dads going out and buying large life insurance policies when they have a child. Parenting is humbling because it makes you aware of your own mortality. I think that’s a natural offshoot of becoming a parent, and you want to do everything you can to protect your child,” she says.

Vanessa Watson-Hill is a member:
7 Surprising Signs Your Relationship May Not Be Headed Towards Marriage, According To Experts
Bustle
“There are many red flags that signal a relationship will not make it to marriage,” psychotherapist Vanessa Watson-Hill, LCSW, tells Bustle. “Conflict avoidance is one of the most destructive behaviors that indicate a relationship will not end in marriage.” While it may seem like an argument-free relationship is a healthy relationship, Watson-Hill says, that’s not necessarily true. “A couple that avoids conflict is not building important communication skills and ways of managing conflict needed for a healthy marriage.”

Gwenn Herman is a member:
Chronic Pain Support Group to meet at Ashland Public Library
The Columbus Dispatch
The support group is part of a national network created through U.S. Pain Foundation, the largest advocacy organization in the country dedicated to serving people with chronic pain. Through U.S. Pain’s Pain Connection program, led by Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW, clinical director and social worker, who lives with chronic pain herself, volunteers go through an intensive training to become effective leaders for local support groups.

  1. Diane Barth is a member:
    5 Things You Shouldn’t Have to Ask for in a Healthy Relationship
    Thrive Global
    Don’t forget the power of listening. Carefully taking in your partner’s words and then responding appropriately is the other half of open communication, the side that’s often overlooked. With active listening, you acknowledge that you’re listening and that you also understand what the person is saying. “Knowing that you are being heard is one of the experiences most likely to cement a feeling of connection to another,” according toF. Diane Barth, L.C.S.W.

Sharon J. Lawrence is a member:
9 Quick Hacks To Calm You Down Fast, According To Experts
Bustle
You may have had a parent or teacher tell you to “count to 10″ before speaking if you ever felt mad at someone else. While this might seem almost too simple to be effective, it really does work, Sharon J. Lawrence, a licensed clinical social worker, certified anger management specialist, and owner of Selah Wellness & Therapeutic Services, tells Bustle. “Counting to 10 and breathing to regulate one’s heightened energy is helpful,” she says.

Lynn R. Zakeri is a member:
Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband live apart and swear by it. Can it work for you?
NBC
Ultimately, as multiple therapists assert, this is no one’s marriage but yours and your partner’s. “I think that if the couple is happy and comfortable, then everyone wins — even the kids,” says Lynn R. Zakeri, a licensed clinical social worker. “If anyone feels this is less than ideal, [including the kids] then that should be discussed, [but] people who are dating with kids do this every day.” If living apart works for your family, go for it — and as Thomas says, “shut the naysayers down.”

Daniel Olavarria is a member:
Why Do So Many Queer People Catfish as Another Gender?
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Others have found themselves in similar situations. A Twitter poll I posted found that one in four queer people have catfished as another gender. “People crave templates for sexual and intimate relationships because it helps them develop an understanding of how to build relationships for themselves,” Daniel Olavarria, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in identity and oppression, tells NewNowNext. “Since queer people grow up within heteronormative frameworks in society, it makes sense that many of them will use those frameworks to explore their sexuality.”

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