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Members in the News – June 22, 2023

Mirean Coleman is Director of Clinical Practice for NASW:
How the field of social work is adapting to modern technologies like virtual reality, A.I.
What’s more, there’s a role for technology in providing access to treatment—particularly the use of telehealth services via Zoom or other video platforms, Mirean Coleman, clinical director at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), tells Fortune. Cognitive behavioral therapy software can also expand access to at-home treatment, she adds. As technology continues to influence and enhance the way social workers function in their roles, some uncertainty remains. “But all of these things make you wonder: Where are we headed?” she adds.

Barbara L. Jones is a member of NASW-TX:
Leading Texas Scholar Is New Dean of BU School of Social Work
Boston University
For Barbara Jones, announced on June 13 as the new dean of BU’s School of Social Work by Provost Jean Morrison, the timing of her appointment comes at a critical moment in the social work field: The mental health crisis emerging after the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for more mental health care and greater access to telehealth; states are struggling to fill social worker openings; and the US Department of Education has increased funding to create and fill more social worker positions in K-12 schools. 

Arlene B. Englander is a member of NASW-FL:
5 Things You Should Never Put in a Sympathy Card, Etiquette Experts Say
Best Life
Whether it’s a mother, father, brother, sister, or other family member, most of us have lost someone at some point in our lives. But it’s also important to remember that “everyone’s relatives, relationships, and feelings of loss are unique,” as Arlene B. Englander, LCSW, a licensed psychotherapist who has experience working with grief, reminds. “Don’t presume to know ‘exactly’ what anyone is feeling,” she says.

Jennifer Genovese is a member of NASW-NYS:
5 Lesser-Known Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship
Everyday Health
In fact, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, harassment, and stalking all fall under the umbrella of domestic violence, says Jennifer C. Genovese, PhD, a licensed clinical social worker and assistant teaching professor in the school of social work at Syracuse University’s Falk College in New York. Signs of these kinds of abuse aren’t always easily detected by people outside the relationship, and are even harder to recognize for those experiencing them.

Kasandra Dodd is a member of NASW-GA:
Trafficking rumors spread like wildfire on TikTok, here’s how to stay safe
Kasandra Dodd is a licensed clinical social worker and a doctoral student in the School of Social Work. She worked for 16 years in child welfare in Washington, DC. Many of her clients were teen moms – and victims of sex traffickers. She agrees with Schroeder. Sex traffickers are not stalking Target stores or tagging young women’s cars. “That’s not real. And I worked with all clients throughout my 16-year career, but predominantly with, young girls who were being trafficked. That was never the case in my experience for any of them. How they came into, we call it, when they came into the life, when they became victims, survivors of trafficking. “

Nicole Campolucci is a member of NASW-UT:
Salt Lake City downtown library’s new social worker has already helped thousands
The Salt Lake Tribune
A public library is one of the last few free places a person can go, and that meansthey often attract people who can’t afford to go anywhere else. That doesn’t mean libraries are always best equipped to help the people who show up. And Salt Lake City Public Library staff, over the last several years, began to notice this gap. That’s where Nicole Campolucci comes in. The library hired Campolucci in December as its first licensed clinical social worker, with the official title of social services coordinator.

Sierra McNeil is president-elect of NASW-PA; Tim Seip is legislative chair for NASW-PA:
Social Workers Rally for Mental Health and Workforce Funding
“I’m a proud social worker,” said Sierra McNeil, President-elect of the National Association of Social Workers Pennsylvania Chapter (NASW-PA). “Social workers are some of the most educated and highly trained professionals, and it is not easy, nor is it inexpensive to become a social worker,” she added. McNeil says demand for social workers is very high, but the road to becoming one is challenging. … “We keep taking training dollars and then retraining new workers that have to replace them because of turnover in our human service workforce,” said Tim Seip, The Legislative Chair of NASW PA and a former state representative.

Elizabeth Dosoretz is a member of NASW-FL:
Guest Commentary: Weather-related PTSD growing concern months after Ian
Pine Island Eagle
Nearly nine months after Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida, and with the 2023 hurricane season upon is, we reflect on the mental health impacts for those still recovering from the devastation of fall 2022. If you’ve lived through a hurricane — especially one with the intensity of Hurricane Ian — it’s common to feel traumatized, fearful and vulnerable in its aftermath. Even a half-year after the storm, many survivors are still working to process and move beyond their traumatic experiences.

Melisa Celikoyar is a member of NASW-NYS:
Opinion: Wilderness Therapy Offers Benefits to Patients With Cancer
Oncology Nursing News
Individuals with cancer are among a subset population of those who may benefit from wilderness therapy programs. Settings such as camps, retreats, and day programs have made the wilderness more accessible for patients with cancer. These settings promote many benefits to patients throughout recovery from a cancer diagnosis. Some of these benefits include social involvement and support, opportunities to build self-esteem, self-confidence, self-efficacy, as well as physical activity. Lacey Branker is a member of NASW-TX:
Lake Travis-Westlake area ISDs make mental health care accessible for students
Community Impact
“This is a systemic issue,” said Lacey Branker, a licensed clinical social worker at Lake Travis High School. “Schools in Texas really have an opportunity because you have such a large platform, and you have access to these students to really be able to create programs in schools that enable us to provide a more simplified version of support across the board to help students.” Branker said she believes stigma is also a huge component of why accessibility to mental health care in Texas is limited as well as a lack of mental health providers.

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