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News Items – November 15, 2017

Jane Addams

Jane Addams

The Trans-formative Power of Social Work
The Huffington Post
Social Workers have made their presence known in many different settings i.e. in schools, hospitals, community health and mental health centers, state and federal agencies, the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs, in the criminal justice system etc. The profession of Social Work has also traditionally been involved in the political and social policy domain. For example, Harry Hopkins was the chief domestic advisor to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Congresswoman Barbara Lee D. Ca. and Senator Debbie Stabenow D. MI. among others have also provided great advocacy regarding advancing social policy and political legislation. Regarding the future, where might Social Workers have their influence felt?

Patricia Landeche is a member:
[Video] Lafayette professionals expand on sexual abuse after #MeToo march (Lafayette, LA)
“I wasn’t surprised that this was coming up, because I’m seeing in my practice more people being willing to talk about it, so I think there’s just an energy in the country,” said Pat Landeche, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Still, movements like the one behind #MeToo come with concerns. “Because what usually happens to people who come forward and talk about is they’re the ones who get blamed, ‘Oh well you’re making it up. You’re making a big deal.’ A lot of women will be told, ‘Well it’s not happening anymore,'” said Landeche.

LisaLinda Natividad is a member:
Family violence crimes top list of crimes charged in Guam court
Pacific Daily News
For perpetrators, it’s about control of the other person, according to LisaLinda Natividad, who earned her doctorate degree, is a licensed clinical social worker, provider for I Gima-ta Counseling Services and an associate professor of Social Work for the University of Guam. “Often times the violence is what is used to control a person’s behavior,” Natividad said. “When tensions arise in a relationship—which all relationships have—then that leads to the actual outburst, the violent act.”

Karen Kleiman is a  member:
19 Ways Anxiety and Depression Wreak Havoc On Your Body
If you’ve struggled with depression or anxiety, you know how crippling it can be — and how either can impact the way you live your life. “Depression and anxiety are best understood as mental disorders, affecting mood, emotions, behavior, and thinking,” says Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW, founder and executive director of the Postpartum Stress Center. “However, much of the time, it is the physical manifestations that call attention to these conditions.”

Kelsey Torgerson is a member:
Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics
Genetic Literacy Project
Kelsey Torgerson, a licensed clinical social worker at Compassionate Counseling St. Louis, told GLP that “children who have experienced trauma and traumatic stress have a less developed prefrontal cortex, meaning that the part of the brain in charge of rational thinking is unable to grow.” This can manifest in the classroom, for example, as “trouble following directions, poor impulse control, and poor emotional regulation,” – symptoms and behaviors that are frequently carried into adulthood.

Mary Ann Fetchet is a member:
A force for change: Coping with grief through activism and advocacy
Mary Fetchet, a clinical social worker who lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, lost her son, Brad, in the terror attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. When she visited the family assistance center in New York City, set up to provide aid to victims’ families, Fetchet said she was “struck by the magnitude of the event, seeing thousands of families coming from around the country and around the world.” It was that experience, in part, that led Fetchet to start Voices of September 11th, an organization that works to provide resources to, and address the needs of, September 11 survivors, first responders and victims’ families.

Lahne Mattas was on the staff of NASW national office:
From camouflage to communications: Five veterans share their paths to PR
After a year at the APA, [Lahne Mattas] joined the National Association of Social Workers as its media relations manager. She has since worked for Capital One and launched her own firm called Media Frenzy Communications. Mattas has spent nearly seven years in her current role at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a public affairs specialist. Mattas said her time in the military not only helped her to get a foot in the door, it later helped her get a job working for the government. “Having that background helps me be part of a team and work effectively to get things done and also provides me with a really good foundation and leadership [skills],” she said.

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