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News Items – March 14, 2018



Ron Avi Astor is a member:
Here’s How To Prevent The Next School Shooting, Experts Say
After Parkland, there have been many calls to make schools a “harder target” — for example, by arming teachers. But there’s a decent amount of research out there on what actually makes schools safer, and most of it doesn’t point to more guns.… About 200 universities, national education and mental health groups, school districts, and more than 2,300 individual experts have signed on to support this document in the weeks since. Their topline message: Don’t harden schools. Make them softer, by improving social and emotional health. “If we’re really talking about prevention, my perspective is that we should go for the public health approach,” says Ron Avi Astor at the University of Southern California, who also helped draft the plan.

Alabama superintendents tell lawmakers what they need to keep students safe
Leeds Superintendent John Moore said he’d like to have a licensed clinical social worker on staff. “We don’t always know how to connect all the dots and resources for kids,” he said, and a social worker would be able to help with that. Multiple school officials said they have partnerships with mental health providers using whatever sources of funding they can piece together. All asked lawmakers to consider providing state funding for mental health services.

Jessica Gunther is a member:
Women hope to make O’Fallon a place where ‘hate has no home’
Belleville News-Democrat
A mother of three is starting the “Hate Has No Home Here” national campaign in O’Fallon, hoping this call to action will cultivate compassion and empathy. Jessica Gunther stresses that it’s not a political-driven cause, but a humanitarian effort to discuss safety and security issues. “There’s no denying this reality. We have to stop what we’re doing and pay attention to our own backyards,” she said. The Hate Has No Home Here Project is a national grassroots campaign that promotes just and inclusive communities by encouraging neighbors to declare their homes, schools, businesses, and places of worship to be safe places where everyone is welcome and valued.

Groups call DCFS out for delay of stats
“It’s generally infuriating that we’re not able to get this data this is really core data so we can identify where trends are in the state where abuse cases are happening whether or not the department is doing their job in investigating those abuse cases, and without this data we can’t advocate for those children or the social workers that are suppose to be doing this work,” says Kyle Hillman of the National Association of Social Workers Illinois.

Ruschelle Khanna is a member:
Psychology, Entrepreneurship and the Corporate world: Interview with Psychotherapist Ruschelle Khanna
The Sociable
In recent years, the industry of self-improvement has snowballed into a multi-billion dollar industry. In fact, the total U.S. self-improvement market was worth $9.9 billion last year—growing just 4.3% since 2011, and expected to reach $13.2 billion by 2020. Clearly, the US has an appetite for self-improvement, and why not? Who doesn’t want to live their best life and be their best self? Fortunately, there are many altruistic individuals out there who want to help others and make their lives more fulfilling. Ruschelle Khanna is a shining example of someone who has dedicated their career to bettering the lives of others in one way or another. The inspiring entrepreneur is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and has over 15 years experience as a psychotherapist in New York, Connecticut and West Virginia.

Lucia Leo-Diaz is a member:
Lucia Leo-Díaz seeks seat on MCISD school board
Progress Times (Mission, TX)
Ms. Lucia Leo-Díaz is a candidate for MCISD Board of Trustees Place 7. … Ms. Leo-Diaz received her Bachelor and master’s degree in social work from UT-RGV and Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She is a licensed clinical social worker, board certified diplomate in clinical social work, board approved clinical supervisor and former president of the National Association of Social Workers Texas Branch. She’s employed with The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System since 2009 at the McAllen outpatient clinic.

Danielle Forshee is a member:
Is Stress Contagious? New Research Says It Just Might Be, But Here’s How To Control It
Elite Daily
I’ll admit, I’m a little dramatic from time to time, and I’m definitely guilty of taking on someone else’s strife as my own. But, according to doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker Dr. Danielle Forshee, chances are, if your best friend is feeling super anxious, it’s not an exaggeration if you start feeling a little jittery yourself. Stress, she tells Elite Daily, can be contagious, as a result of “a brain mechanism that helps us have empathy for people around us.”

Social Work Month:

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Raising Awareness During National Social Work Month
Hometown Station (Newhall, CA)
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is raising awareness about social work services available to all patients as National Social Work Month begins this March. Amie Panicacci, a licensed clinical social worker and supervisor of the social work department at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, noted that eight social workers make up the department, and they view themselves as “change agents” for patients. “‘Change agents’ is how we look at being social workers,” Panicacci said. “We’re helping facilitate the change that (patients) are looking for.”

March marks Social Work Month
St. Joseph News-Press
A national observance this month offers an opportunity to shine a light on some of those who take their time to be advocates for others. March is Social Work Month. Many social workers assist the elderly, helping them to remain in their homes for as long as possible by connecting them with a variety of services. These can range from Meals on Wheels to simple transportation. Social workers also conduct home visits to provide counseling and other services for patients. In this way, they help to give people support and resources to help them maintain their independence.

Dr. Macie Smith is NASW South Carolina President-Elect:
[Video] OnPoint on WACH FOX: Why social work is important in today’s world
WACH (Columbia, SC)
March is National Professional Social Work Month. The annual observance provides an opportunity for social workers across the country and their allies to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society. Social work is an important profession. Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives.

Shanna Rogers is NASW Texas Branch Chair for the Heart of Texas Branch:
[Video] Morning Buzz: National Social Work Month
KWTX (Waco, TX)
March is National Social Work Month. It’s a time to honor the men and women who help families during hard times. Shanna Rogers joined us on The Buzz this morning to tell us all about the importance that social workers play in the community.

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