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News Items – November 21, 2018

Ada Deer is a member and a Social Work Pioneer:
Elders-in-Residence Program will bring Native community leaders to campus for mentoring, support
University of Wisconsin-Madison
A new initiative at the University of Wisconsin–Madison will seek to improve the experience of American Indian and Alaskan Native students by hosting Native elders on campus for extended visits and educational exchanges. The inaugural participant will be Ada Deer, a nationally recognized social worker, community organizer, political leader and champion of Indian rights. Deer was the first woman to be appointed assistant secretary of Indian affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior and the first Native American woman to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She will spend the week of Nov. 12-16 on campus.

Kim Ann Oliver is a member:
Class to Hold Gun Violence Event: Students raise awareness of mental health
The Fairfield Mirror (CT)
Dr. Kim Ann Oliver, Ph.D., LCSW, teaches her students that they have the power to incite change and her introduction to social work class is hosting an event that does just that. This event titled, “Raising Mental Health Awareness: Suicide and Gun Violence Prevention” will take place on Nov. 19 from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Oak Room.

Jennifer Inman Hampton is a member:
Napa therapist: she’s got ‘Moxie’
Napa Valley Register
Jennifer Inman Hampton, LCSW, named her business Moxie Licensed Clinical Social Worker Corp. How does she define moxie? “The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage,” she wrote. Inman Hampton has owned Moxie for less than a year, but has been a licensed social worker since 2000 and a licensed psychotherapist since 2007. She’s worked in trauma hospitals, for the U.S. military, in public schools, clinics for low-income people, a U.S. embassy and international nonprofits.

Steven Lindquist is a member, and past president of NASW-SD:
Lindquist to lead Avera Planning Grant Project to address opioid epidemic
Avera Health has named former behavioral health assistant vice president Steve Lindquist as the leader of a new project aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic through a one-year planning grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).… Lindquist also served on state task forces for managed care, telemedicine, and behavioral health. He is a past president of the South Dakota Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Nicole Sbordone is a member:
When to Sweep Friendship Problems Under the Rug and When to Air out Your Dirty Laundry
It’s safe to say nearly everyone has experienced at least one conflict with one friend in their lives so far. And when watching other people’s friendships play out, either IRL or on TV, it’s easy to think back to how we’ve handled our own similar friendship problems.… We spoke with Nicole Sbordone, a licensed clinical social worker and author of Surviving Female Friendships: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, on when to sweep your friendship issues under the rug and when to air out your dirty laundry.

Francie Brown is a member:
Dating In Your Prime
Hartford Courant
Francie Brown, a licensed clinical social worker practicing in West Hartford, would be pleased to have Ann as a client. “Listen to your gut,” Brown says she advises over-50 daters. “Be really clear about what you are looking for, what qualities you are looking for, and don’t settle for less. Learn from the past. Understand and be aware of your needs. Get support from your friends, get yourself involved in things that you really like to do, then you’ll meet like-minded people.”

Richard Donovan is a member:
Shepherd’s House gives homeless veterans hope
WANE (Fort Wayne, IN)
Shepherd’s House is also the only clinical setting in this part of the state. Richard Donovan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He says the Reboot Program integrates spirituality and facing up to the trauma that veterans have experienced. “A lot of these veterans will carry some guilt that they’re really not responsible for.” Donovan said. “Looking at it through a spiritual lens can help them come to terms with some of the unpleasant aspects of their experience.”

Nathalie Theodore is a member:
Is Our Loneliness Killing Us?
The most obvious way loneliness can impact your well-being is through mental and emotional turmoil. “Without social connection, people often feel isolated, which can lead to depression or anxiety,” says Nathalie C. Theodore, a licensed clinical social worker and therapist in Chicago. But there are real physiological effects that take place too. Researchers from the University of Chicago found that loneliness can cause changes to your body’s cells that can lead to illness.

Kayla Olson is a member:
Eat.Move.Connect. Tip: Tips for keeping the peace at holiday family gatherings
Crow River Media (MN)
For most, Thanksgiving and the holidays are a joyful season, a time for gathering with loved ones for food, friendly conversation and shared traditions. But with many Americans polarized more than ever over politics and cultural values, the prospect of spending three hours with relatives can also be a source of worry. It need not be that way, according to Kayla Olson, a licensed independent clinical social worker with the Hutchinson Health Mental Health Clinic. The key, according to Olson, is to avoid conversations that may cause tension among family members.

Genevieve Brink-Capriola is a member:
On a bulletin board for Camp Fire missing, wrenching words of hope and fear
Enterprise-Record (Chico, CA)
Clinical social worker Genevieve Brink-Capriola stopped by to check the shelter and the bulletin board hoping for information about three clients. She finds one in the shelter. She scans the bulletin board for names of the other two, but comes up empty. “They may not be missing, but I haven’t heard from them and I haven’t been able to contact them,” she says.

Jessica MacDonald is a member:
Alzheimer’s patient from Southwest Florida found alone at Denver airport
Fox4 (Fort Myers, FL)
“Unfortunately, folks (with Alzheimer’s disease) do sometimes end up in emergency rooms,” said Jessica MacDonald, a clinical social worker with the Alvin Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Fort Myers. MacDonald said that while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming, assistance is available. “Talking with families before they burn out can help,” she said. “So we can talk about programs in the area, particularly through the Area Agency on Aging, to help people plan for some of that assistance. But that planning part is key, because there’s not a lot of crisis intervention.”

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