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News Items – September 24, 2019

Mark Smith is a member:
State representative plans to continue good work
For twenty years, it has been my honor to serve as State Representative for the good, hard-working people of Marshalltown and the surrounding area.  For my first term, I had the honor of representing the people of LeGrand and Timber Creek Townships as well.  For the past eighteen years, I have also represented the people in Liscomb, Taylor, Marion, and Vienna Townships.  In the last redistricting, I received the honor of representing the people of Bangor Township as well. And now, I am announcing that I am retiring from public life.

Austin classical guitarists are out to change the world as social servants
“We have 300 partner-teachers in Texas who have reached tens of thousands of kids,” [Matthew] Hinsley says. “Globally, we have reached hundreds of thousands. With time, a professional teacher doesn’t really need us. We show them how to do it, and after four years, we aren’t needed on a daily basis.” The world has taken note. In 2017, Hinsley accepted the Texas Citizen of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers, an improbable honor for an artist and music teacher.

Megan Fenyoe is a member:
sHeroes: How Veteran, Author and Social Worker, Megan Fenyoe is helping people transform negative self-talk into positive self-empowerment
Thrive Global
For my series on strong female founders, I had the pleasure of interviewing, Megan R. Fenyoe. Megan is a Veteran, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Best Selling Author, Professional Speaker and Host of The Blonde Bombshell Podcast. Being a Mental Heath Therapist for over 15 years as well as a Transformational Mindset Coach, Megan will transform your negative self-talk into positive self- empowerment believing you are ENOUGH!

Mia Elwood is a member:
‘Picky Eating’ Is Not A Disorder — But ARFID Is
Mia Elwood, a licensed clinical social worker and the owner of Healthy Futures, says they treated their first ARFID [Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder] patient, a 14-year-old male, in 2007. They continue to use somatic experience therapy and various physiological, non-talk-based ways of treating patients in order to address the nervous system. “We understand that ARFID is different than any other eating disorder, so while we can help them with anxiety, family, trauma and other mental health and nutritional concerns through our more conventional approaches … we will not fully help someone heal until we affect their nervous system.”

Suicide rate up in Wilson, across United States
The Wake Weekly
The county health department is looking to expand counseling availability. “We do not have any specific programs that address suicide,” Ellen said. “We are in the process of hiring a licensed clinical social worker to provide counseling for patients with substance use disorder or mild to moderate depression.”

Michelle Salois is a member:
Mercy sisters see moral issue behind climate change protests
Catholic Courier
Doing even small steps is important to Mercy Sister Michelle Salois, a clinical social worker in St. Louis, who told CNS Sept. 19 that she planned to attend the climate change protest the next day because she feels passionately about this issue. Protests weren’t always her thing though. The 64-year-old said she only started this type of activism three years ago and now feels bad she didn’t start doing this sooner. She said demonstrations can be a hassle, but it helps to be together with larger groups who disrupt their lives for a greater concern. And it helps to be doing this with other Mercy sisters, whom she described as “amazing women who care about the most important things in life and are willing to put their lives on the line together.”

Carla Naumburg is a member:
Yes, it is OK to yell at your kids, if done the right way
Carla Naumburg, a clinical social worker and author of the recently published, “How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids,” said parents who are worried that their yelling may have veered toward rage should ask themselves a few questions: Was their behavior explicable to the whole family? Was there a clear cause-and-effect as to why they get so upset? If not, then the yelling may be traumatizing for the child.

Gary Bailey is a former President of NASW and a member:
DBGM Conference Unites People of Color in A Crusade for Mental Health and Social Justice
One of the DBGM conference mainstays is Massachusetts’ Dr. Gary Bailey. As one of the first presenters at the event, Bailey helped shape the curriculum in its formative years. “I came to participate in its first iteration,” he says, “given my background as a clinical social worker and as a black gay man, sex orientation, race, class, and social location are all part of my intersectional being. So the conference helps align with my core values and beliefs as they relate to the stigma of utilizing mental health services.”

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