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News Items – October 15, 2019

Toni Coleman is a member:
How To Overcome Obstacles In A Relationship & Be Stronger Than Ever
The Zoe Report
Trouble can arise when one partner feels like they’re all in while the other’s efforts are lackluster. “I see this issue most often in how couples share housework and home maintenance needs,” explains Toni Coleman, LCSW, CMC, a psychotherapist, relationship coach, and divorce mediator. She describes a “typical scenario” in which a division of responsibilities is discussed, but only one person follows through, then picks up the slack. “Over time, this enabling leads to resentment and the loss of goodwill between the couple.”

Alexis Elliott is a member:
Not Just Sodas — Those Lattes and Other Sugary Drinks Increase Your Diabetes Risk
With obesity rates continuing to climb, obesity, diabetes and weight loss experts are frustrated that many people would still choose to consume soda on a daily basis. “I don’t understand why you’d want to spend those calories and sugar intake on a drink versus something you can actually eat,” said Alexis Elliott, LCSW, LISW-CP, CDE, a health coach with a specialty in treating people with diabetes and those living with obesity and eating disorders. “Sure, people know it’s not good for you, but they don’t understand just how much sugar is in one can of soda,” Elliott told Healthline.

Alabama May Give Social Workers the Ability to Use Telehealth
mHealth Intelligence
Alabama state officials are considering adding licensed social workers to the list of healthcare providers allowed to use telehealth. The state’s Board of Social Work Examiners has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would give social workers the option to use connected health provided they obtain documented informed consent from the client, they determine that telehealth is the best channel for serving that client and they meet confidentiality and HIPAA guidelines.

Health Care Groups Urge Lawmakers to Relax Prior Authorization Rules
Hospice News
A group of 370 health care industry groups — including the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, the American Medical Association and National Association of Social Workers  have signed a letter sent to Congress encouraging legislators to pass the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019. If enacted, the legislation would relax prior authorization requirements for Medicare Advantage plans that often result in delayed or denied access to medical treatment, among other provisions.

Beth Plachetka is a member:
3-part series addresses dealing with bullying in the workplace
The series will be led by Dr. Beth Plachetka, a licensed clinical social worker, and Dr. Charlotte Dillon, a clinical psychologist, to facilitate reflection and equip participants with skills and greater awareness about dealing with bullying. Basing their comments on the neurosciences and research in attachment, both speakers agree, “We live our best lives when we are connected and nourished in healthy relational and spiritual connections.”

Tonya McDaniel is a member:
Lots of Americans have a fear of flying. There are ways to overcome the anxiety disorder.
The Washington Post
Tonya McDaniel, a licensed clinical social worker at the Center for Growth in Philadelphia, uses a virtual-reality program designed for psychologists: While patients navigate stages of air travel with an avatar — from packing, boarding, takeoff and even weather — McDaniel monitors their heart rates and self-assessed level of distress, measured as SUDS (subjective units of distress scale.) The goal of the exposure therapy is to recalibrate a person’s response, eventually teaching the body that the experiences are “not dangerous and this is okay,” she said.

Kenneth Howard is a member:
USC taps into AI to help with student mental health
USC Annenberg Media
Kenneth Howard, a licensed clinical social worker and adjunct professor in the Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, said he has concerns about the use of AI in health and wellness. “I think we have to be very careful about that,” said Howard. “If we hold the interpersonal human relationship dear, even though it’s in a professional context, then something like a bot, I think is really getting into a risky territory.” Howard doesn’t believe bots can assess for risk the same way that human beings can.

Tara Genovese is a member:
Before You Give Your Partner A Second Chance, Ask Yourself These 5 Questions
Whether you give your partner a second chance depends on your negotiables and non-negotiables. “Be honest about how it makes you feel when those non-negotiables are tested or violated,” Tara Genovese, licensed clinical social worker who specializes in relationships, tells Bustle. If you find that your partner keeps doing the same thing over and over again after you’ve had conversations about it, you may have to evaluate your relationship. “Are you in a reciprocal relationship based on respect and care for one another, or is this the same cycle repeating itself?” Genovese says. Sometimes you have to take a step back and look at your relationship as a whole. If your partner isn’t pulling their weight or giving you enough of what you want, giving them another chance might not be worth it.

Stephanie Osler is a member:
A rare genetic disease led to depression at age 6 for this CHKD patient. He wants to “inspire kids to never give up.”
The Virginian-Pilot
Children with chronic conditions are much more likely to develop depression and anxiety — up to nearly 40 percent of them do, said Stephanie Osler, director of CHKD’s mental health services program. It’s why CHKD officials plan to reserve at least a dozen beds at the new mental health tower specifically for kids suffering from chronic physical illness. “One thing we do know is, with early intervention and preventive effort, we can really shift the trajectory of the child’s life,” she said.

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