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News Items – February 12, 2019

Kim White is a member:
Cabell judge says judicial views on drug treatment have changed
Charleston Gazette-Mail
The judicial system is changing its views on medication-assisted treatment, perhaps nowhere as clearly as in child welfare cases, a Cabell County judge said Tuesday. Circuit Judge Greg Howard said views about drug treatment have changed since the days when judges required parents to stop taking suboxone in order to get their children back.… Howard’s comments came at a panel discussion about medication-assisted treatment on the campus of Marshall University. Howard joined Kim White, who teaches in the social work department; Stephen Young, a faculty member of the school’s criminology department, and Dr. Zach Hansen, of ProAct addiction treatment facility, for a panel discussion on medication-assisted drug treatment.

Lawrence Shulman is a member:
Lawrence Shulman: New Hampshire is still failing at-risk children and families
Concord Monitor
Recent state government announcements that staffing problems in the Division for Children, Youth and Families have been successfully addressed by last year’s addition of new social worker and supervisor positions are simply not accurate. In fact, a significant number of New Hampshire children remain at risk of neglect and/or emotional, physical or sexual abuse. The same is true of at-risk families.

House working on student loan repayment program for mental health workers in WV
Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, WV)
The bill instructs the Higher Education Policy Commission to create a student loan repayment program for mental health workers, such as social workers, marriage counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists. HEPC would be responsible for creating the rules of the program and determining who qualifies as a mental health worker, as well as determining where the under-served areas are.

Toni Coleman is a member:
How to decide when to introduce your partner to your family and friends
“The right time will depend upon the relationship stage and the second stage is when this often happens,” Toni Coleman, LCSW, CMC, a psychotherapist, relationship coach, and divorce mediator, told INSIDER. “The second stage is when the couple has passed the early excitement and getting to know one another time and has moved into a relationship that is deeper and where bonding begins to occur.”

Texas House LGBTQ Caucus Announces Legislative Focus, Adds New Members
Members of the caucus were joined at the press conference by representatives of organizations who spoke in support the group’s goals. These included: Samantha Smoot, acting executive director of Equality Texas; Miriam Nisenbaum with the National Association of Social Workers Texas Chapter; and Rebecca Marques from the Human Rights Campaign.

Tammie Rosenbloom is a member:
Mass Violence in the News: How Do We Cope?
Tammie Rosenbloom, a licensed clinical social worker and therapist in Minneapolis, says she has definitely seen an increase in fear in some of her clients in response to public violence like mass shootings. They talk more about politics and gun violence, for example, and sometimes — especially if people have had traumatic or violent things happen to them in the past — news of violent events can trigger fear. “Fear often manifests in ‘worst case scenarios,’” Rosenbloom adds, like catastrophizing, hopelessness and suicidal thoughts.

Rosemary McKinnon is a member:
Demand overhaul of regulatory system for teen treatment programs
It is worth noting here that the PAARP board chair, speaking only as an individual and not on behalf of the board, also supports changing the board makeup to include more members who are not affiliated with treatment programs. John Santa, a licensed clinical psychologist, is a co-director of Montana Academy, a therapeutic school for struggling youth he co-founded in 1997, along with his wife and fellow psychologist Carol Santa, Medical Director John McKinnon and his wife, Rosemary McKinnon, a licensed clinical social worker.

Veronica McClane is a member:
Proposed bill would require at least 40 minutes of recess at Arkansas schools
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Veronica McClane, a member of Parents for Active Learning says, ” recess meets several developmental needs at once, allowing children to form healthy lifestyle habits while simultaneously practicing the social skills they will need as adults.” The CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that young students get at least an hour of unstructured play time each and every day.

Jody Michael is a member:
“Being Gay Gave Me Grit:” Executive Coach Jody Michael Talks Blazing Trails In Business And Beyond
Twenty-three years later, Michael has logged over 40,000 one-on-one coaching hours and is one of less than 5% of coaches in the United States (and one of 4% of coaches in the world) that is a Master Certified Coach, which is the highest accolade one can earn from the International Coach Federation. She is a Board Certified Coach, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has coached executives from Fortune 10, 100, and 500 companies.

Megan Fenyoe is a member:
“Writing my book was my saving grace,” an interview with bestselling authors Sara Connell & Megan Fenyoe
Thrive Global
Megan R. Fenyoe is a Veteran, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Transformational Mindset Coach, Best Selling Author, Professional Speaker and Host of The Blonde Bombshell Podcast. She is a contributing writer for Thrive Global as well as Badassery Magazine. Megan also owns her own health food franchise through the Juice Plus+ Company. Megan is an Amazon Best Selling Author who recently published her book You Are Enough: 5 Steps To Move From Struggle To Strength. Megan has been featured on SiriusXM Radio including the Jenny McCarthy show, TV/Radio Shows, multiple podcasts, as well as various magazines.

Rachel Hoffman is a member:
Here’s Why Vanilla Sex Doesn’t Have To Be Boring, According To Sex Experts
Elite Daily
Or as Rachel Hoffman, licensed clinical social worker and sex expert, tells Elite Daily: “Vanilla is delicious.” The same, Hoffman says, goes for vanilla sex. “When you think of vanilla ice cream, you go back to the basics, to what you know you’ll love, and you simply enjoy it for what it is,” she explains. “There is constantly pressure to be experimental, to push yourself outside your comfort zone in order to figure out what positions, toys, or tricks you can try. I definitely recommend trying new things; however, this does not mean to completely dismiss vanilla sex! Vanilla sex can be completely satisfying, pleasurable, and can feel passionate and steamy.” So, if vanilla is your favorite flavor in the bedroom, here is why the experts say it can be super hot.

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