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News Items – November 7, 2018

Justine Janis is a member:
Libraries hire social workers to help homeless patrons
The Los Angeles Times
Public libraries have long been a refuge, not just for readers but also for people with nowhere else to go during the day — people who sometimes sleep in chairs, use the bathroom sinks to wash themselves or inject themselves with drugs in bathroom stalls. Sometimes they have been kicked out. At best they’ve been left alone.…  Chicago licensed clinical social worker Justine Janis, who leads a monthly call for library social workers around the nation, estimates that more than 30 libraries now have full-time social workers.

NASW-MI is mentioned:
MI Social Workers Call for Change Ahead of Midterm Elections
Public News Service
Hot-button issues like immigration and the opioid epidemic headlined a huge conference of social workers in Lansing on Thursday. The Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers hosted 800 people at its Legislative Education Day. And just before the midterm election, a big topic was the Trump administration’s policy of requiring social workers to report the immigration status of families who volunteer to take in an unaccompanied child requesting asylum at the border. Allan Wachendorfer, director of public policy for NASW Michigan, says that policy leaves social workers between a rock and hard place.

Karen Cadwalader is a member:
In Your Opinion: Woodside Hall a benefit to residents, community
Oneonta Daily Star (NY)
Cooperstown’s Woodside Hall is a sensible and positive option for our older residents who may be discussing difficult and necessary decisions with loved ones this fall. I have been interning at Woodside Hall and witnessed the owner Karen Cadwalader (LCSW) and activities coordinator Barbara Sullivan working tirelessly with the staff to maintain a creative, social, busy, healthy and fun atmosphere where every day the residents and day program attendees are invited to create art, engage in memory stimulation (trivia, word plays and Sudoku), sing together, be entertained by local performing artists, engage in theological and faith discussions and are offered physical activities for strength, endurance and equilibrium.

Rachel Perlstein is a member:
7 Things You Would Never Have To Force In A Relationship If It’s Really Meant To Be
Bustle
“Forcing a relationship means three things,” Rachel Perlstein, LCSW, relationship coach and co-founder of A Good First Date, tells Bustle. It means that one or both partners feel like the relationship is taking a lot of effort, that either you or your partner’s needs aren’t being met, and that the relationship feels stuck. “When one person or the couple is forcing the relationship, things may feel like a constant struggle with competing needs and perspectives coupled with a lack of compromise.” More often than not, these are the type of relationships that may not last.

Priscilla Toral is a member:
Volunteering helps lupus patients, study shows
Market Business News
Volunteering for a free telephone counseling service helps lupus patients as well as callers. A study by the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) showed that volunteering in a peer support and education program helps lupus patients. The Hospital for Special Surgery is in New York City. Researchers presented their study on October 22nd at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals in Chicago. The study was titled ‘The Effect and Psychosocial Impact of a Longstanding Telephone Peer Counseling Service on Volunteers with Systemic Lupus Erythematos.’ Priscilla Toral said: “Previous studies have demonstrated the value of peer counseling programs for people living with lupus and other chronic health conditions. In the current study, we set out to assess the impact on the volunteers themselves.”

LeslieBeth Wish is a member:
How Long Does It Take To Get Over The One That Got Away? Experts Explain
Elite Daily
“Losing a partner whom you felt was ‘the one’ can feel as though you just lost your last chance at happiness,” says Dr. Lesliebeth Wish, a licensed clinical psychotherapist and founder of LoveVictory.com. “The hurt is not just deep, it is also seems to touch every doubt and fear you have.”

Michelle Borden is a member:
Advice for helping kids cope with Pittsburgh massacre and other traumatic news
MorristownGreen.com
NewBridge Chief Operating Officer Michelle Borden, a licensed clinical social worker, urged parents to limit their children’s media exposure; television news often shows graphic images repeatedly, which can be very disturbing. Borden suggested parents screen news accounts first, whether they’re on television, in print or online.

 

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