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News Items – October 26, 2016

thinkstockphotos-83273500Dana Courtney is a member:
Real People: Dana Courtney’s belief in the right to vote really registers
The Times-News (Burlington, NC)
Nearly every weekend since late spring, you could find Dana Courtney at a festival, fish fry, or some other type of community event. Though Courtney certainly is a woman who finds joy in the company of others and trying new activities, she was really there on business. Volunteer business, that is. Courtney, who has been retired since 1999, began leading the Alamance NAACP’s voter registration efforts about a year ago in preparation for the 2016 primary and general election.

Sue Elias is a member:
Talking to Your Therapist About Election Anxiety
The New York Times
It has been described as one of the most contentious, tawdry and angry presidential elections in history. And it’s taking a toll on our mental health. “I’ve been in private practice for 30 years, and I have never seen patients have such strong reactions to an election,” said Sue Elias, a licensed clinical social worker in Manhattan.… Strong feelings about the candidates are causing not only rifts between Democrats and Republicans, but also among families and friends. Ms. Elias has patients who are avoiding friends and family members with whom they disagree. “It’s like the Civil War,” said Ms. Elias. “I have never seen an election cause this level of conflict.”

NASW-GU is mentioned:
Senators speak at social workers forum
The Guam Daily Post
Gender neutral restrooms in public schools and chemical castration were just two of the topics discussed during a senatorial candidates forum hosted by the Guam chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the Division of Social Work at the University of Guam. Twelve candidates – eight incumbents and four newcomers – participated in the forum, which covered topics ranging from minimum wage to whether an individual should be forced to disclose their criminal history when applying for a job.

Surgeons, chaplains and social workers swing into action to help crash victims
The Los Angeles Times
The victims from Sunday’s deadly bus crash streamed into the Desert Regional Medical Center trauma’s unit around the early-morning shift change. Because of the scope of the tragedy, the hospital summoned chaplains and additional social service workers, extended overtime and made sure there was enough blood to treat the wounded.

Whittier police launch mental evaluation team
Whittier Daily News (CA)
The Whittier Mental Evaluation Team, comprised of one sworn police officer and once licensed clinician, began operating on Sept. 20, Whittier police officials said in a written statement. The team was formed in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, “ to address the growing need for mental health services in our community,” according to the statement. “This cooperative effort revolves around a co-response model that includes a licensed clinical social worker — provided by the LACDMH — and a sworn police officer provided by the Whittier Police Department to aid our patrol officers in handling calls for service involving persons who may be suffering from a mental health crisis or be in need of social services as well as building cooperative relationships with other service providers in the Whittier area,” according to the statement.

Kimberlee Marcil-Wieleba is a member:
Post-traumatic stress disorder among first-responders is real, treatable
Treasure Coast Palm (FL)
When officials with the International Association of Firefighters learned they’d lost a beloved member to suicide on Saturday who’d suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder, they acknowledged the grim fact that many emergency first-responders struggle with PTSD. And just as grim, mental health experts say, is the stigma attached to seeking help that stops many firefighters, police and paramedics from reaching out for professional assistance. Kimberlee Marcil-Wieleba, a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Vero Beach, said the long-term nature of exposure to traumatic events on the job is a big factor for first-responders. “The whole stigma of getting help is still a major issue,” Marcil-Wieleba said. “It makes the treatment picture more complicated.”

Rosemary Chapin is a member and a Social Work Pioneer:
Social welfare professor publishes new book, wins one of field’s highest honors
The University of Kansas
A University of Kansas professor of social welfare and pioneer in the field has published a new edition of her widely used textbook for social workers and received one of the highest honors the profession offers. Rosemary Chapin, professor of social work at KU, has authored the fourth edition of Social Policy for Effective Practice: A Strengths Approach, and she was recently named a National Association of Social Workers Pioneer.

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