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News Items – May 14, 2019

Danielle Wozniak is a member:
Women in Leadership
Yeshiva University News
Dr. Danielle Wozniak was appointed the dean of Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 2016, after the passing of Dean Carmen Hendricks Ortiz in February of that year.… “I am guided professionally by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics, which not only delineates our professional responsibilities but also outlines our ethical imperatives. As a social worker, the best course of action is not always immediately clear. The NASW code serves as a reminder about who we are professionally and what our work is. We are advocates. We work toward social justice for those who are disenfranchised.”

Talya Mazor is a member:
Social worker says Chapel Hill elementary school ignored sexual abuse of first graders
Most of the allegations laid out in the civil lawsuit against Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are disturbingly cringe-worthy. One particular quote from the woman who blew the whistle on the case stands out: “I was shocked and dismayed that so many people in an administrative position knew about the abuse and did little to respond.” It begins in 2012 at Estes Hill Elementary School in Chapel Hill. Talya Mazor had just been hired as the school’s new clinical social worker when she soon took notice of the aggressive and agitated behavior of at least three of the boys in her high-needs program.

Courtney Glashow is a member:
“Rage Yoga” is a thing, and it involves swearing and drinking
Hello Giggles
While it might sound like the opposite of soothing, according to psychotherapist Courtney Glashow, LCSW, founder of Anchor Therapy in Hoboken, New Jersey, cursing actually can allow for an emotional release. “In the right setting, I believe that cursing can be therapeutic because it can allow us to let our anger out, we can use specific words to express ourselves.” In fact, research has shown there are actually some health benefits of swearing. But, Glashow says, cursing isn’t always a good thing. “It’s important to know the difference between using curses to express your feelings versus cursing and yelling and losing control to a point that others around you are concerned for your and their safety.”

Ruthie Kalai is a member:
20 Ways To Ask For Help For Your Anxiety
Anxiety can make you feel alone, but there are all sorts of people you can reach out to for support. “It can be anyone: a family member, friend, colleague, religious leader, and of course, a therapist,” Ruthie Kalai, LCSW, tells Bustle. “Don’t suffer alone because help is out there.”

Robin Halpern and Hank Blumfarb are members:
Terrifying moments that forced actors into therapy
More and more, actors are opening up about how therapy allowed them to handle some terrifying moments in their careers. We spoke to Robin Halpern, LCSW, DCSW and Hank Blumfarb, LCSW, two psychotherapists from the Psychotherapy and Training Collective of New York, about the challenges some actors face in bringing their memorable characters to life, and how therapy can be a useful tool to help confront their issues. It turns out that stars really are just like us when it comes to how mental health treatment can make a difference in their personal lives.

Greta Yoder Slater is a member:
Social anxiety: Indiana, other states ponder solutions to growing shortage of social workers
Rushville Republican
“The aging of our population is a significant driver of social work services in healthcare and services for older adults,” said Greta Yoder Slater, an associate professor of social work at Ball State University.… “For the most part, direct service jobs are high stress, with large case loads and lower pay and benefits, which makes things challenging,” said Beryl Cohen, executive director of the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Donna Fish is a member:
Taking The Fight Out Of Food
Long Island Weekly
Is your child a picky eater? Does her or his eating create tension in your home? What was your experience in being fed growing up? Were your parents overly involved? These are a few questions to consider if you are concerned with your child’s eating habits. Donna Fish, a licensed clinical social worker, offers parents and kids guidance in how to take the fight out of food.

Michael Brennan is a member:
Maine House passes ban on ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTQ minors
Portland Press Herald
“Conversion therapy is not addressing a problem. It is engaging in coercion,” said Rep. Michael Brennan, D-Portland, a licensed clinical social worker. “And in that respect, we need to stand today and have a law in the state to say that that type of ‘therapy’ is no longer permissible. We have an obligation to protect our young people from interventions that are harmful, and equally important, that have proven to be ineffective.”

Gina Rossi is a member:
Supporting both children and parents the sandwich generation keeps working
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
Before considering whether to house a parent or a grown child, hold a family meeting with everyone in the house, advises Gina Rossi, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in caregiving, geriatrics and transitions. “You have to realize this will have a domino effect on everyone in the home, so talk about what that will mean,” Rossi says. “Do they lose privacy? Are there any expectations of other siblings? All of this can be pre-managed in family meeting.”

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