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News Items – November 18, 2020

news items logo oneKaren Koenig is a member:
Some People Are More Than Just Difficult: How To Recognize a Personality Disorder
According to Karen R. Koenig, a licensed clinical social worker with a master’s in education, a psychotherapist and an author: “Not everyone, no matter how intelligent or talented they are, has effective, appropriate interpersonal skills. Some people are perfectionistic, impulsive, prickly, manipulative, critical, insecure, and need tight control in relationships, while others are more easy going.

Abigail Nathanson is a member:
Why Do We Feel Nostalgia?
Abigail Nathanson, a social worker who specializes in care for patients facing serious illness of the end of life, likens nostalgia to the concept of “continuing bonds.” This idea deals with the effect people and things of the past carry into our present lives. “In some ways, this is really helpful,” Nathanson says. “[Especially] when we establish charitable foundations in people’s honor, name children after their ancestors and live according to the values of people who are important to us.”

Tracye Polson is a member:
Coping with COVID-19 fatigue means adjusting plans for mental health, doctors say
First Coast News
The year 2020 has been a tough year for many individuals. From COVID-19 testing lines to several reports of family members losing a loved one to the virus. The year has been exhausting mentally, and some are now experiencing COVID-19 fatigue. “What exacerbates this is there is an uncertainty as to when it is going to end,” said Dr. Tracye Polson. Polson a licensed clinical social worker knows the potential impact of the virus and its effects on one’s mental health.

Robin Capers is a member:
Dollars and (common) sense: When COVID-19 gives you the money blues, here’s what to do
Sioux City Journal
Money is often the root cause for many family conflicts. Add the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 into the mix, then you’ll see why many people are currently struggling with elevated financial insecurities. Robin Capers, a licensed clinical social worker with Family Wellness Associates in Sioux City, said she’s seen an increase in patients needing help during the pandemic. “Coronavirus wasn’t anything we could’ve predicted or prepared for,” Capers said, inside her 1115 Fifth St. office. “We were isolated from our community and it seemed like it happened overnight.”

Claudia Vernon is a member:
Coastline College Blog: 10 Acts Of Kindness To Do During The Pandemic
Fountain Valley Patch (CA)
I spoke with Claudia Vernon, Coastline College‘s Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, about some real world tiny tasks that we can all do at this time to be a little kinder. And Claudia emphasized to me that kindness requires practice, patience, and commitment. “It’s like a muscle you have to exercise,” Claudia says. We need to get ourselves in practice with kindness; it’s not just a good idea. It’s essential. Start with these simple tasks during the pandemic.

Daniel Gaylor is a member:
Experts See Increase in Stress Levels As Holidays Approach
Bay News 9
“Mentally I think one of the most important things we can do is to identify and work to maintain things we do have control over in our lives. So something as simple as nutrition and something we’re eating and putting in our bodies or our sleep patterns or the things we do throughout the day that bring us joy or happiness,” said Daniel Gaylor, a licensed clinical social worker. Gaylor advises people that no matter what you may be dealing this holiday season, don’t forget to take care of yourself and talk to someone about how you’re feeling.​

Andrea Moore is a member:
Bystanders of bullying can be part of the problem, how a Utah 3rd grader found a solution
Andrea Moore, a licensed clinical social worker, at Courageous Corner, said children should continue to ask questions like that. “What we want kids to do is to speak out on the spot,” Moore said. While Moore said bystanders are a part of the problem, Claire wanted to be a part of the solution.

Rebecca Parton is a member:
Spike in cases, worries about lockdowns renew fears of rise in domestic violence
Valley News (NH)
Amid the pandemic, it also has become more difficult to spot child abuse and neglect. Even when teachers notice clues during online learning sessions, pinning that down isn’t as simple as when a teacher might pull a child aside for a moment, said Becky Parton, a social worker at the Dartmouth Trauma Intervention Research Center. In one case she was aware of, a student said, “My dad’s going to punch me if I don’t do this work,” during a virtual learning session. Parton said it took days for the teacher to set up a phone call with the student, with parental permission, to try to determine whether the comment was serious.

Cindy Locklear is a member:
UNCP professor collaborates with county to secure funding for Adult Drug Treatment Court
Robeson County’s DWI Treatment Court, which was implemented a year ago, is expanding to a fully functional Adult Drug Treatment Court program thanks, in part, to assistance from faculty at UNC Pembroke. The county was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs. The proposal was written by UNCP Department of Social Work professor Dr. Cindy Locklear.

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