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Johanna G. Byrd is executive director of NASW-PA:
First, do no harm: Pennsylvania youth deserve protection from conversion therapy | Opinion
Penn Live
Every major medical and education association strongly opposes the practice of conversion treatment on minors. The practice lacks scientific credibility, is unethical, and operates under the misguided belief that being LGBTQ is a disorder that requires treatment. These organizations include but are not limited to the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Education Association, and the National Association of Social Workers.

Jeff Feldman, is director of Advocacy & Communications for NASW-NJ:
Bill to ban adult conversion therapy moves forward in Senate
New Jersey Globe
Jeff Feldman, representing the National Association of Social Workers New Jersey, testified at the committee meeting that his organization supports banning adult conversion therapy. “Sexual orientation efforts have been discredited or highly criticized by all major medical, psychiatric, psychological, and professional mental health organizations,” Feldman said. “NASW New Jersey supports professional interventions at the individual level that help the person seeking therapy to achieve self-actualization.”

Elizabeth Wood is a member:
Mother sues TikTok after daughter dies following ‘Blackout Challenge’
NBC News
Speaking with TODAY Parents, Elizabeth Wood, a licensed clinical social worker at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, where Nylah was treated, said the child “had a history of viewing these videos on social media.” Wood, who provided support to Nylah’s family while she was being treated, said the girl’s mother wanted her daughter’s story to be told “so that no other parents, no other mother has to go through what she is going through.”

Sonia Martin is a member:
Is There Such a Thing as ‘Bipolar Fatigue’?
Mania often causes insomnia, which can drain some of your energy the next day. With that said, it’s far more likely that you’ll experience fatigue once the manic episode is over, says Sonia Martin, a licensed clinical social worker in Brooklyn, New York. “During the manic state, despite not sleeping as much, you may have a lot of adrenaline-fueled energy,” she explains. “When you crash, you may experience the impact of days, sometimes weeks, without sleep.”

Nandranie Busjit-Bhalai is a member:
Abraham Lincoln DRC visits Mobile Bay Sailors
The Deployed Resiliency Counselor (DRC) contracted to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) visited the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), April 6. Nandranie “Nan” Busjit-Bhalai, a licensed clinical social worker, licensed in Florida, provided non-medical individual counseling sessions, therapy, psychoeducational and support groups, workshops and training to the crew.

Green Party Nominates Gubernatorial Candidate
CT News Junkie
[Michelle Louise] Bicking, a licensed clinical social worker, former foster parent, and birth doula with two masters degrees, said universal health care is at the top of her list. “There would be a safety net for everyone,” Bicking said. “And insurance would be bundled not sold separately for your eyes and ears.” She said health care should include the whole body, including access to dental care. She said she sees her hospice clients, even the ones considered wealthy, struggle to afford the health care everyone deserves.

What abortion rights advocates are planning if Roe falls
The ACLU and Democracy Forward teamed up earlier this month to sue Lebanon, Ohio — population just over 20,000 — for declaring itself an abortion-free zone and threatening charges against anyone who helps a person seeking an abortion, even a procedure outside city limits. Their plaintiff was an usual one — the Ohio chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Because social workers can counsel clients about pregnancy options and resources, the group argues its members could be criminalized for “simply doing their jobs.”

Melina Brann is director of Policy & Advocacy for NASW-MI:
‘Defend Roe’ rally sees hundreds of supporters at Michigan State Capitol
Melina Brann was one of the speakers. She works for the National Association of Social Workers. The possible overturning of Roe v. Wade impacts everyone, she said, including those in her profession. “We, as social workers and healthcare professionals, might be prosecuted if we help people get the resources of what they can do, so we’re having conversations about: Do we continue to tell our clients about what’s out there even if it is illegal? So, that’s what we’re grappling with.”

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