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Members in the News – September 5, 2023

Heather Lusk is a member of NASW-HI:
Breakthrough Therapies Task Force Signals New Era of Wellness and Resilience
Office of the Governor of Hawai’i
The Office of Wellness and Resilience announces the establishment of the Breakthrough Therapies Task Force, which aims to assist the state in expanding therapeutic access to two key substances: MDMA (3,4-methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine) and psilocybin, both of which received “breakthrough therapy” status by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2017 and 2018/2019, respectively. The task force conducted its first meeting on Aug. 29. It comprises local physicians, psychiatrists, mental health professionals and government partners.

Jennifer Kellman is a member of NASW-FL:
2 major back-to-school stressors and how parents can help, according to experts
CBS News
As kids return to classrooms across the country, back-to-school stress is certainly on the minds of many students and parents alike. And while each age brings its unique set of challenges, there are two back-to-school stressors that experts see affecting a range of students. “All of this is normal,” says Jennifer Kelman, licensed clinical social worker and mental health expert with JustAnswer. “A lot of parents and kids, whatever the ages, feel that they are the only one that feels as if they are nervous, worried, anxious, reluctant — but I think if you go to most kids and most parents, everyone feels something with the return of school.”

Brooke Schwartz is a member of NASW-CA:
Moving Away To College? Here’s How To Cope With Anxiety About Leaving Home
“While the anxiety may certainly relate to the move, it may also speak to fears about how the move represents changes in age, relationships and responsibilities,” adds Brooke Schwartz, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker and Forbes Health Advisory Board member.

Heidi Pritzl is a member of NASW-WI:
[Video] How to help your child with back to school stress and anxiety
For some students, the beginning of the school year can be a time of uncertainty. “Whether they’re transitioning into a new school or different grade it’s kind of, what does this look like? Who are my teachers,” said Heidi Pritzl, a clinical social worker and psychotherapist at Aspirus Koller Behavioral Health.

[Video] Why Do We Have Weekends?
Robert Reich – YouTube
In the late nineteenth century, many workers labored 7 days a week, sometimes up to a grueling 100 hours in poor conditions. Workers in the mining, printing, and railroad industries eventually won 8-hour workdays. Then came [social worker] Frances Perkins, and with her, the 40-hour work week.

Prem Pariyar is a member of NASW-CA:
An effort to ban caste discrimination in California has touched a nerve
Using a different surname to protect against discrimination is not uncommon, said Prem Pariyar, a delegate for the National Association of Social Workers and Cal State East Bay alum who helped lead a successful push last year for the CSU school system to include caste in its anti-discrimination policy. Pariyar was born into a Dalit family in Nepal and came to California in 2015 to escape caste discrimination. Friends told him that the state was progressive, friendly to immigrants and accepting of different cultures. Instead, he recalled being alienated by his Nepalese coworkers, who refused to room in shared housing with him because of his caste.

Cathy Weinstein Schiff is a member of NASW-GA:
The Art of Letting Go
Simply Buckhead
It happens to every parent. Whether your child is going off to college, moving out after landing their first job or starting their own married life, you might be facing an empty nest. You’ll experience an array of emotions, from pride in raising an independent adult to sadness about not seeing them every day. You may even find yourself in the throes of full-fledged empty nest syndrome, which can be a challenge. Here, Buckhead-based licensed clinical social worker Cathy Weinstein Schiff shares her insights for not only embracing your empty nest, but also finding fulfillment in this next chapter of life.

Stephanie Galloway-Maslanik is a member of NASW-PA:
Expert helps soothe school anxieties
The Daily News
Going back to school brings a whole new problem for some children — anxiety. “There are a variety of reasons that school-aged children might have anxiety when it comes to school,” said Stephanie Galloway-Maslanik, a licensed clinical social worker and Juniata Valley School District social worker. “For younger children, this anxiety might stem from being separated from their families and the comfort of being at home, especially after a long summer without school.”

Lamar Hill is a member of NASW-ND:
Social worker Lamar Hill draws from experience as a biracial foster child
Sahan Journal
Hill is a licensed independent clinical social worker, and runs Four Elements Therapy located in Fargo, North Dakota, where he serves both North Dakota and Minnesota residents. His early exposure to the intersections of cultural diversity and adversity paved the way for Hill’s unique approach to mental health therapy. He recognized that personal experiences, both challenging and triumphant, could serve as bridges to understanding and empathy. 

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