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News Items – June 4, 2019

Reia Chapman is a member:
Reia Chapman liberates people through mental and emotional wellness
Rolling Out
Reia Chapman, founder and director of clinical services at the Center for Family & Maternal Wellness in Charlotte, North Carolina, is committed to helping others. Chapman embodies what she considers to be her calling and a commitment to liberating clients through mental and emotional wellness. As a professional social worker, psychotherapist and public speaker, she strives to break down misconceptions of mental illness. In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, Chapman spoke with rolling out.

Kyle Hillman is director of legislative affairs for NASW-IL:
Overworked Social Workers, Underserved Kids: As CPS Works To Fill 100+ Vacancies, ‘Kids Are Getting Shortchanged,’ Teachers Say
Block Club Chicago
Kyle Hillman, director of legislative affairs for Illinois’ National Association-Social Workers chapter, said the lack of transparency from the district regarding social workers is a problem. “Considering CPS has not prioritized mental health in their schools outside of IEPs, it completely makes sense that they would not be tracking social workers in charter schools,” he said.

Miriam Nisenbaum is executive director of NASW-TX:
Head Of Texas Family And Protective Services Agency Resigns
Texas Standard
Gov. Abbott will be picking someone to replace Whitman. Miriam Nisenbaum, the executive director of the National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter says there are a few things she’d like to see Abbott look for in a successor. “Particularly someone with a strong social work background and the necessary skills to manage would be a great opportunity for DFPS,” Nisenbaum says. Nisenbaum adds another important trait took look for is “someone who has the nimbleness and the experience to navigate the legislative and political landscape – that really is a big part of that job.”

Jamie Klufts is communications director of NASW-MA:
Common app eyed for health, food benefits
Taunton Daily Gazette
Jamie Klufts, of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, said that access to SNAP benefits was an issue that “transcends the personal and the professional” for her. Klufts told the committee that while she was growing up in Lawrence and her mother attended Northern Essex Community College, their family received SNAP and other government assistance.

John Mauro is a member:
County trains public to identify elder abuse
The Sun-Gazette (Exeter, CA)
“Here in California, Adult Protective Services (APS) receives more than 191,200 reports of elder and dependent adult abuse per year, and reports are increasing. It is estimated that only one in 24 cases is reported, and for financial abuse, only one in 44 cases is reported,” notes John Mauro, LCSW, Deputy Director for Adult Services at the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency. “But together we can make a difference and help take care of those who have taken care of us. Through education, recognition, and reporting, we can improve the lives of elders and dependent adults in our community.”

Jan Tate is a member:
The Struggles of Rejecting the Gender Binary
The New York Times Magazine
[Jan] Tate is a psychotherapist at the Carolina Partners clinic in Durham, N.C. She specializes in clients who are pushing against the bounds of gender. Salem is 20 and was, in the phrase Salem prefers, assigned male at birth, with a more clearly masculine name — that it is a “deadname” is all Salem will say about it. Salem uses gender-neutral they/them pronouns. They’d failed, so far, to get their parents, their sister or their two remaining friends to understand and accept that they were neither a man nor a woman, that they were nonbinary, gender fluid, gender expansive. They’d chosen the name Salem to fit with their identity, but they’d almost never asked anyone to call them by it. It was easier — definitely not easy, but easier — to let themself be considered conventionally transgender, male to female, and go by the name Hannah.

Linda Goldmintz is a member:
Learning to be leaders
Jewish Standard
Among the other presenters at the summit were several Bergen County residents: Rachel Cyrulnik, founder of RAISE Nonprofit Advisors; writer-director-producer Allison Josephs, the founder and director of; Suzy Schwartz, an assistant vice president at Yeshiva University; licensed clinical social worker Dr. Linda Goldmintz; and Tamar Snyder, an award-winning journalist and marketing and communications director at the Jewish Communal Fund.

Megan Fenyoe is a member:
Moving Beyond the “I’m Not Enough Mindset” with Transformational Mindset Coach Megan R Fenyoe
Virtual Strategy Magazine
Megan R. Fenyoe, a mental health therapist and transformational mindset coach for over 15 years, helps her clients transform their negative self-talk into positive self- empowerment through her proven 5 Step program that moves them from struggle to strength. Megan R. Fenyoe is a Veteran, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Transformational Mindset Coach, Best Selling Author, Speaker, Trainer, Host of The Blonde Bombshell Podcast and founder of the I Am Enough Movement.

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