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News Items – May 6, 2020

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Millions of Americans are struggling financially. Here’s how you can help, without breaking the bank
Social workers might donate their time by doing virtual therapy, while those who can sew can donate face masks, GivingTuesday’s Curran noted…. Think beyond what you can do as a single person. Gather together your network to encourage others to do the same, Curran said. For example, that social worker could mobilize her entire network of social workers to do the same thing across the country. This way you are making a difference in “hundreds of local communities,” said Curran.

The state’s reopening advisory board needs to include a social worker
CT Mirror
To the Governor: As of April 30, over 97,000 Connecticut residents have been tested for the coronavirus.. Nearly 30% of those tested had laboratory-confirmed cases and 8% of COVID-19 laboratory-confirmed cases have resulted in a resident’s death. During this global COVID-19 pandemic, the National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut Chapter (NASW/CT), thanks you and your administration for your swift and ongoing COVID-19 response and actions dating back to the beginning of March 2020. COVID-19 has not only compromised the physical and economic well-being of our state but negatively affected the mental and behavioral health of our residents, most especially the elderly, people of color, and those of low socioeconomic status — resulting in an unprecedented circumstance not seen in our lifetime.

Dawn Shedrick is a member:
Dawn Shedrick: 7 Tips for Managing Stress, Burnout During the COVID-19 Crisis
General Surgery News
We are navigating uncharted waters in the COVID-19 pandemic. Health care professionals face increased risk for compounded stress and burnout in the wake of this global crisis. Although information about the novel coronavirus develops at a rapid pace daily, the need to monitor and manage stress remains paramount. The health and well-being of all health care professionals is integral to ensuring health care systems can keep up with the needs of COVID-19 patients.

Homeless People Are Among the Most Vulnerable to the Coronavirus. Yale Psychiatry’s Lo is Making Sure They Still Receive Care Amid the Pandemic.
“In designing this protocol, we noted a need for a psychiatrist, so I volunteered to serve as their psychiatric consultant along with the other psychiatrists on our team,” Lo said. “After that, our licensed clinical social worker and program manager became heavily involved in assisting the team with discharge planning and care coordination.”

Manfred Melcher is a member:
Sheltering solo: Learning to live alone without loneliness
Monterey Herald
It’s important to differentiate between aloneness and solitude, says Carmel therapist Manfred Melcher, who holds a master’s in social work and is a licensed clinical social worker. Solitude is often a chosen state of being, he says, something that enriches us, deepens our experience of life. People who value it, see it as a source of insight, strength. “Loneliness or feeling alone is another beast,” Melcher said. “It’s not often something we choose. Whether we’re in a relationship, a family, a crowd, or on our own, if interactions are not meeting our emotional needs, we can experience loneliness. The effect can be subjective distress, as we deal with what we have versus what we want.”

Kelli Romero is a member:
As coronavirus school closures continue, scores of Tucson children have fallen off the radar
“We just want that confirmation that they’re OK,” says Kelli Romero, a licensed clinical social worker with Project AWARE. “It’d be nice to assume that if they’re at home, they’re safe, but we just don’t know that. So it’s certainly a priority, and really coming together as a multidisciplinary team with the district to figure out how do we address that.”

Jan Nykin and Sylvia Nissenboim are both members:
Therapists help people cope, grow while social distancing
StL Jewish Light
To help people cope during this time of social distancing, Jan Nykin, a licensed clinical social worker, suggests that people could “say a morning prayer such as Modeh Ani or the Shema or words of prayer from your heart.” Nykin and Sylvia Nissenboim, also a licensed clinical social worker, have therapy practices. They also are trying to help people improve their mental health through work in their synagogues.

Yuko Inzana is a member:
Professionals encourage students to speak up, seek help for mental health issues during South Brunswick High School’s virtual Mental Health Wellness Fair
Yuko Inzana, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in Princeton, she said she consults many students from South Brunswick High School. “It is very difficult not to feel anxious and worried if you are a high school student today. You are dealing with a lot of academic and societal pressure on top of your social activities. With the current pandemic, it’s almost impossible not to be anxious. First of all, your feelings are valid and true,” she said.

Kate Maleski is a member:
[Video] Anxious about unemployment? Exhausted by home schooling? Here’s advice from the experts.
One News Page
Anxious about unemployment? Exhausted by home schooling? Here’s advice from the experts. To help us navigate the challenges of coping with the numerous stresses around COVID-19, 7 Eyewitness News Anchor Ashley Rowe is taking your questions to Kate Maleski, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Explore What’s Next in Buffalo, New York.

Nancy Kriseman is a member:
Families Struggle to Connect With Isolated Elderly
Atlanta Jewish Times
Nancy Kriseman, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with older people and their families, suggests that there could be an increase in suicides among the elderly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “I could see passive suicides, in which the person gives up,” Kriseman said.

Brian Pollack is a member:
I’m in recovery from an eating disorder, and relapsing while quarantined has been scarier than ever before
Business Insider
And while in-person sessions are no longer an option, Brian Pollack says there is a network of specialists ready to help those struggling. “Regressions are going to happen, and [certified eating disorder therapists] offer telehealth services. So don’t be afraid to reach out,” he said. A good place to start your search, should you need expert support, is the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals.

Amy Fuchs is a member:
Coronavirus robbing grandparents of precious time with families
NBC News
Amy Fuchs, owner of the Elder Expert consulting service, has said there is a marked difference in the way seniors are handling the dislocation caused by COVID-19 that overlaps with their ages. “What I find is that the younger cohort (aged 60-75) is more adept at social media and technology and smartphones,” said Fuchs, a clinical social worker. “So I’m a little less worried about them, because they have the ability to access Zoom or other platforms to be in touch with their families.”

Jessica Pinkham is a member:
Rochester and Dover Come to the Aid of Local Businesses
They can obtain a $5,000 small business bridge loan. Thirteen businesses in Rochester and all were approved. That brings much-needed relief to businesses like Life Balance. Jessica Pinkham is a licensed clinical social worker and owner of Life Balance. She provides mental health services and treatment for many in the community including health care workers and first responders. Right now, our first responders and health care workers need all the help they can get.

Claire Lerner is a member:
How to make working from home with a baby or toddler more tolerable
Stars and Stripes
Claire Lerner, a clinical social worker specializing in child development and parent guidance in Washington, agrees. “It’s a totally impossible situation to be a [work-from-home] parent of a very young child who cannot be expected to take care of themselves in any shape or form or play independently for any length of time,” she says.

Susan Matorin is a member:
Dr. Richard Friedman, Who Debunked Homosexuality Myth, Dies at 79
The New York Times
“I felt an ethical obligation to find the reasons for anti-homosexual prejudice,” he once told an interviewer. His wife, Susan Matorin, a clinical social worker at the Weill Medical College of Cornell, put it more plainly: “Straight people had the same personality issues, and they got away with murder, but gay people were stigmatized, and he didn’t think that was right.”

Ken Page is a member:
5 Signs That You May Be An Ambivert & How To Thrive
Mind Body Green
An ambivert is someone who has a balance of both introversion and extroversion, with the ability to lean more into one or the other depending on the context…. “Almost all of us are ambiverts to some degree,” psychotherapist Ken Page, LCSW, tells mbg. All of us are located somewhere along the spectrum between introversion and extroversion, meaning we do have access to both sets of qualities in varying degrees and forms.

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