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News Items – November 25, 2020

news items logo oneIt’s been an ‘exhausting’ four years for Black Americans. That likely won’t end with Trump.
NBC News
Mildred “Mit” Joyner, president of the National Association of Social Workers, found that scary, as well, from a health and social perspective. “The last four years have been a very difficult process,” Joyner said. “We were almost at the peak of bursting. It’s been a lot. The White House hasn’t served us. On top of the rhetoric, African Americans have had to solve the issues by voting in large numbers, by encouraging people to get out and vote. There’s a lot of pressure specifically on the African American women. So, we’re tired, yet jubilant.”

Ryan Estes is a member:
2020: A Year Of Health Care Heroes
Wilmington Biz
“Thank you for this recognition and honor. Really, the true pleasure is doing the work for the community and seeing it get healthier and stron­ger,” Ryan Estes, treatment opera­tions director for Coastal Horizons Center, said after being presented the Health Care Executive award by Coastal Horizons president and CEO Margaret Weller-Stargell.

Philip Tedeschi is a member:
[Video] Companion dogs help with pandemic anxiety
The Denver Channel
It’s Samara’s job as a therapy dog to offer people love and support. “She went and met one of the students who was quarantined due to COVID-19 who was feeling a little down and lonely,” human-animal connection expert Philip Tedeschi said. Tedeschi is a professor in the graduate school of social work at the University of Denver, and a human-animal connection expert with the dog-sitting website Rover.

Mariah Hudler is a member:
‘COVID-Guilt’: Why Parents of Young Children Are Feeling Pressure to Overspend on Holidays
Next Advisor
“People are just unsure what to do,” says Mariah Hudler, LCSW, financial therapist at Koru Financial Therapy. “They feel stuck, they feel really anxious. There is no playbook for how to respond to a pandemic.” Whether you’re feeling the pressure to overcompensate for a nontraditional holiday, or unsure how to approach the season at all, here’s how experts recommend embracing your holiday spirit this year without breaking the bank.

Mary Crowe is a member:
Column: Make your health care wishes known this holiday season
The Salem News
[Mary Crowe] Family gatherings that traditionally occur during the holiday season are always a good time to talk with loved ones about your health care wishes. With the impact/presence of COVID-19, it’s time to think differently – and more urgently – about having those conversations. Maybe you’ve been meaning to talk to loved ones about what type of treatment you would or wouldn’t want if you were unable to speak for yourself. Or perhaps your parents have been reluctant to express their own health care wishes.

Karen Kleiman is a member:
[Video] 3 Signs New-Mom Sadness Is Tipping from Normal to ‘Needs Help’
If you’ve had a child, you know ANXIETY. There’s no way around it. It’s stressful with a capital S – for everyone. Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW, author of Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts, says don’t sweat it if you are feeling normal panic but can go about your day. But when are feelings of anxiety or depression not normal? When do you or someone you love need help?

Gail Quenneville is a member:
Commentary: Let’s use election data to save us, not divide us more
Delaware State News
[Gail Quenneville] My interpretation of this data is that White folks, particularly those in nonurban settings, are more afraid of progress than they are of dying, so we could say White fear overrides mortal fear. They will stand against progress out of a fear of it. They fear progress more than a fear of their deaths, as evidenced by their votes. This fear has been endorsed in many aspects of our society. Those of us who believe in progress must figure out ways to change this. Those of us who want to improve our country need to be mindful and devise helpful ways to address these fearful attitudes and beliefs.

Kaycee Bills is a member:
FSU professor with autism shares journey of graduating with PhD in social work despite naysayers
For most of Dr. Kaycee Bills’ life, she’s been met with challenges and naysayers. “I got bullied all the time. My teachers told my parents, every year, at my IEP meetings, that college was not a goal for me. It just wasn’t going to happen, maybe she should find a trade,” Bills said. Dr. Bills tells Eyewitness News that she was diagnosed with autism. This led her to need her space in the classroom when it came to learning, many times having to work on schoolwork by herself.

Chamin Ajjan is a member:
The Sleeper Effect: Why Divorce’s Impact On Kids May Only Show Up In Adulthood
Mind Body Green
There are plenty of inaccurate and potentially harmful stereotypes about children of divorce. While going back and forth between two households undoubtedly changes a family dynamic, it’s not guaranteed to damage a child’s behavior or overall feelings toward love and security. In fact, when parents openly communicate with their child throughout the divorce process, provide reassurance and stability, and are kind to one another, therapist Chamin Ajjan, M.S., LCSW, A-CBT, says the child will probably grow up feeling secure.

Jeannine Moga is a member:
Pet Connection: A veterinary social worker can help form a plan for pet care in emergency
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“These kinds of situations crop up all the time,” said Jeannine Moga of Smithfield, Virginia, a licensed clinical social worker. Moga’s work takes her into the places and situations where human and animal needs meet: homes, hospitals and veterinary clinics, to name a few. She also works in cases involving domestic violence. Veterinary social workers have training in human-animal interactions and relationships, and may be employed by veterinary hospitals or have their own practices.


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