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News Items – September 3, 2019

[Audio] School District expands program that puts social workers in schools
KYW News Radio
Last year the district had 21 social workers in schools, as part of a partnership with the city called the Support Team for Education Project, or STEP. “We’re adding another 20 to that list,” he said. “And so we’ll have that type of program in 40 schools.” Hite says the district is using school data to determine where the additional social workers should be deployed.

‘It’s A Lot Of Triage Every Day’: The Role Of Homeless Liaisons In D.C. Schools
When second-grader Relisha Rudd went missing in 2014, the first person to notice was a social worker at Payne Elementary School who works as a homeless liaison. In addition to highlighting the decrepit and dangerous conditions at D.C. General, the former hospital-turned-family-shelter where Rudd lived, the tragedy of her disappearance also shone a spotlight on the role of homeless liaisons in D.C. Public Schools. These liaisons act as a point person at schools, coordinating between families, the school district, and agencies throughout the city.

Arizona schools to get $20 million for counselors, social workers and resource officers
The Arizona State Board of Education approved a plan Monday morning that would allocate additional funding for counselors, social workers and police officers in Arizona schools. “I think this was the result of a lot of advocacy from the community and associations working with the Governor’s Office, the Department of Education and many others who worked on this for months,” said Callie Kozlak, an associate superintendent with the Arizona Department of Education.

Ann Blick Hamer is a member:
Filipino senior peer counselors listen with their hearts
Peer counselors learn communication skills, counseling basics, cultural sensitivity, understanding of social isolation, responding to depression and anxiety, common health issues of older adults and self-care. Fully trained, they undergo supervision by Ann Blick Hamer, a licensed clinical social worker and program manager of Senior Peer Counseling.

Hillary Wasson is a member:
How to talk about school violence with your kids, penalties of false threats
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Hillary Wasson said it is important to make sure your child is validated, listen to them whether it’s a drill, hoax, or actual threat because each child handles this type of situation in their own way. “But also realize that kids, especially little ones, might find other ways to process things, maybe through play or through art.” said Wasson, owner of That Therapy Place in Peoria.

Melissa Shaw is a member:
Baton Rouge Rehab launches class to manage pain and its emotional impact
“We know people want healthier ways to work through their pain, before it gets out of control, and this class will dive into a variety of non-opioid treatment options,” said Melissa Shaw, a licensed clinical social worker at BRRH. “There’s a gap in our community for this type of education, and we see that every day in our own pain management and therapy departments.”

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