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News Items – May 4, 2016

ThinkstockPhotos-463321071Andrew Grogan-Kaylor is a member:
Don’t Spank Your Kids, Says 50 Years of Research
US News & World Report
“The upshot of the study is that spanking increases the likelihood of a wide variety of undesired outcomes for children. Spanking thus does the opposite of what parents usually want it to do,” explained associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and study co-author Andrew Grogan-Kaylor in the release. In fact, the study revealed that spanking and physical abuse were associated with the same negative outcomes.

Kate MacShane is a member:
LGBT students, activists create mental-health support systems
The Frederick News-Post (MD)
Kate MacShane isn’t a firefighter, a police officer or a paramedic, but she feels she deals with an emergency in Frederick County every day. MacShane is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who works in Frederick. Her office is “LGBTQIA-affirmative,” meaning she welcomes clients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex and asexual. “I wish that could just be the default for all therapists,” she said.

Germaine Clarno is a member:
Whistleblower: Cockroaches served in food at Chicago-area VA hospital
Fox News Chicago
“The workers try to brush the cockroaches off the counters, but the bugs get in the food,” said Germaine Clarno, a social worker at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in the Chicago suburb of Hines, Ill. Clarno is the local AFGE union president and has been working with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel as a whistleblower exposing secret appointment wait lists.

Marlene Saunders is executive director of NASW-DE:
CDC advisory council brainstorms ways to assess available programs
Delaware Public Media
“It comes with an evaluation component so that individuals using the program can pre-test the kids to look at their behaviors, their attitudes about themselves, their attitudes about others who are different, give them the program and then test them again,” said Marlene Saunders, Executive Director of the Delaware Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Saunders, along with several others, led the universal work group. The group says it now needs to assess the availability and access of the programs identified, and what happened to ones that disappeared.

Constance Siegel is a member:
Committee listens to property tax reform suggestions
The Shorthorn (UTA, TX)
Constance Siegel, social work graduate student, was one of many who showed up to testify in front of the committee, she said. Siegel, representing the National Association of Social Workers, argued that there is a feasible way to bring billions of dollars into the Texas economy, she said. By expanding Medicaid, the government can alleviate the tax burden on citizens, Siegel said. “When we expand Medicaid, we bring in federal tax dollars of $3 billion a year,” she said. Instead, Texas has refused to expand Medicaid through President Barack Obama’s health care law, Siegel said. When the state declined expanding the program, it lost federal tax dollars which could have alleviated tax burdens without eliminating quality government services, she said.

Will Francis is government relations director at NASW-TX:
Terminating Parental Rights: State Policies Vary Widely
ABC News
Critics of the Texas system say it is sometimes too quick to conclude that adoption is the best outcome for a child, and doesn’t give biological parents an adequate chance to address problems so their child could stay with them. “We give up on parents very quickly in Texas,” said Will Francis, government relations director at the Texas chapter of National Association of Social Workers. “We believe adoptions are much more of a cure-all than they really are.”

Social work students attend advocacy day in Harrisburg
Pocono Record
Over 35 social work students and several faculty members from the department of sociology, social work and criminal justice from East Stroudsburg University joined practicing social workers, social work students and social work faculty from around the state on April 12 to participate in Social Work Legislative Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Harrisburg. Advocacy Day is sponsored annually by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and focused this year on advocating for practice protection level licensure for social workers in Pennsylvania.

Sherry Saturno is a member:
Tarrytown Social Worker Creates Award Winning Documentary
River Journal Tarrytown
Sherry Saturno, a local Tarrytown social worker, recently wrote and produced a short documentary film called “Human Investment”. This film examines what drives physicians, nurses, social workers, educators, and other professionals to invest themselves in helping others, and it has just won a national award for Best Documentary Film via the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Kristie Seelman is a member:
Denying Transgender People Bathroom Access Is Linked to Suicide
Newsweek
Study author Kristie Seelman, an assistant professor in the schools of social work and policy studies at Georgia State University, says that while she decided to focus on restroom access on campuses, her findings are likely just as relevant off-campus. “What people have said when I’ve done interviews with trans folks is that this is an issue that occurs across their life, not just in a college setting,” Seelman says. “There’s a lot of anxiety and stress about finding bathrooms where they won’t encounter harassment or questioning by people, let alone assault or being thrown out. It’s something that consistently is on their minds and creates a lot of distress in their day-to-day lives.”

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