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News Items – September 16, 2021

news items logo one[Audio] For American Muslims, 9/11 Changed Life in America
Fatima Salman is Michigan’s president-elect of the National Association of Social Workers. She has lived in Michigan most of her life. On Sept. 11, 2001, she was teaching at a private Islamic school in Franklin. She was on Telegraph Road, driving to school, when she heard the news on the radio. “I heard this terrifying analysis, really scary,” she recalls. ”On the radio, somebody was talking about this very ominous thing that was happening. And I remember thinking, ‘What in the world is going on?’” The school jumped into action, calling the police to provide security and asking parents to pick up their kids immediately. She says as the day unfolded, everyone was glued to the TV. “It wasn’t just worrying about our country, or worrying that that happened to our country, but it was also the worry of what’s going to happen to us as a community in America,” she says.

Texas law causes health rights panic amongst pro-choice supporters
The Spectrum
If a social worker were to provide information to someone who then illegally obtains the termination, they can then be held liable. “Aiding and abetting is laid out in chapter 7 of the Texas Penal Code, but is quite vague in the context of how that would be applied to a provider or volunteer discussing abortion with a client,” Alison Mohr Boleware, LMSW Government Relations Director National Association of Social Workers Texas Chapter said. “This could criminalize a conversation with someone who asks about abortion or providing a referral to an abortion provider.”

Angela Melzer is a member:
Mental health impacts of pandemic are multifaceted
Steamboat Pilot
“We have had a lot of new people who have not done counseling before,” said Minds in Motion owner Angela Melzer, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in neuro-based therapy and mindfulness. “I don’t think more people in the community are falling apart. What I’m hearing from people who haven’t been in before is, ‘I needed to do this for a long time, and this was the last straw.’” Melzer reported many of her patients are now working through tough issues very successfully. “More people are willing to take accountability for their mental health,” she said.

Lisa Du Breuil is a member:
Break down the “Wellness-Industrial Complex” in one episode at a time
Lisa Du Breuil, a clinical social worker at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, also runs a private practitioner in Salem, MassachusettsHealth of all sizes An approach with her clients, including those with substance use disorders, eating disorders, mental health problems, and those who have problems after weight loss surgery or a chronic diet. She heard about the “maintenance phase” on social media and became a regular listener. She hasn’t heard anything she doesn’t know yet, but said she loves how the show makes these topics more familiar and “really fun to listen to.” “It’s great to have this kind of resource, not only interesting and interesting, but also in a very factual way,” said Dubreil, who is recovering from an eating disorder.

Carolyn Snyder is a member:
Remembering 9/11 On The 20th Anniversary Of The Attacks And The People Who Still Suffer Today
Your Tango
For those who suffer from complicated grief from their involvement in 9/11, having a safe place to share and remember this collective trauma is essential to healing. Another essential part of healing often is the search for reason or meaning in the tragedy. During acts of terrorism, it’s difficult to find meaning or make sense of what happened. Investing in a shared experience to memorialize the events helps those who are still suffering to not feel alone.

Martha M. Crawford is a member:
The Limits of My Empathy for Covid Deniers
The New York Times
Afraid that I am hunkering down in the certainty of my perspective, I turned to my friend Martha M. Crawford to get my empathy back on track. Martha is one of what I call my thinking friends, a person I think through life and its many problems with. We often do that online. She is a psychotherapist and clinical social worker with a grounded approach that resonates with me. When I asked Martha to help me with my empathy, she started with the topic of grief. If you are like me, struggling with empathy as the world seems to split apart at its social seams, Martha’s perspective may help guide you back to a version of yourself that you can live with.

Clarissa D’Ambra is a member:
The Impact of COVID-19 on Alcohol Abuse & Recovery
September is National Recovery Month and this year’s theme, “Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community” reminds people in recovery and those who support them, that recovery belongs to all of us. We are all called to end gatekeeping and welcome everyone to recovery by lowering barriers to recovery support, creating inclusive spaces and programs, and broadening our understanding of what recovery means for people with different experiences. This pandemic has led to many new and uncharted territories for all of us.  But to those seeking to obtain or maintain sobriety despite all the obstacles the pandemic has created; these are heroes to be celebrated!

Tay Robinson is a member:
[Video] Baptist Health of Louisville welcomes National Guard’s assistance with COVID patients
At his day job as a licensed clinical social worker, Tay Robinson provides mental health therapy. But starting this week, Robinson, 30, a technical sergeant with the Kentucky Air National Guard, will transport medical supplies, as he helps a short-staffed Baptist Health Louisville hospital weather surging COVID-19 cases. Robinson, of Madisonville, is among more than 400 guard members deployed to help 25 hospitals throughout Kentucky, some overwhelmed by record numbers of COVID-19 patients — most unvaccinated and driven by the delta variant.

Elizabeth Arnold is a member:
First Study of Brief Suicide Interventions for LGBTQ+ Young Adults Aims to Save Lives
“We know the science behind suicide interventions, but they may need to be culturally tailored to specific subpopulations to save more lives,” said Elizabeth Arnold, Ph.D., LCSW, the study’s principal investigator and professor and vice chair of research for family and community medicine at UT Southwestern. “What works for one group may not work for another group.”

Lynn Zakeri is a member:
8 Tips to Get to the Root of Your Anxiety and Why It Matters
Psych Central
For example, when you realize your Sunday scaries are linked to your fear of not doing a great job at work, you refocus on showing up on time and completing your projects, says Lynn R. Zakeri, LCSW, a therapist based in Skokie, Illinois. And maybe you further explore your feelings of inadequacy and realize they’re connected to specific past experiences.

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