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News Items – January 12, 2023

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News Items – January 12, 2023

Morgan State University Professor Anthony Estreet named CEO of the National Association of Social Workers
AFRO American Newspapers
Morgan State University (MSU) professor Anthony Estreet, Ph.D, has been selected to step into the role of chief executive officer for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Estreet, who previously served as chair of the Master of Social Work Program at MSU, will step into the role on Feb. 6. He is a licensed certified social worker in clinical settings and a master of business administration who will take over the position previously occupied by CEO Angelo McClain, Ph.D. 

F. Diane Barth is a member of NASW-NYC:
How Do You Recover From a Blow to Your Self-Esteem?
Psychology Today
When our self-esteem takes a blow, it can affect everything in our lives, including how we feel about ourselves, our jobs, our physical appearance, and our mental abilities. It can even affect how we feel about where we live and what we do for pleasure.

Rebecca Gerwitz is executive director of NASW-MA:
Our View: Mental health hotline a solid step forward
Gloucester Daily Times
Rebekah Gerwitz, executive director of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, called it “a game changer.” “It’s truly transformative for our state,” she said. The need for such a program, developed by the administration of outgoing Gov. Charlie Baker, could not be more clear. The coronavirus pandemic laid bare — and exacerbated — a national mental health crisis that shows few signs of abating.

Margot Harris is a member of NASW-NJ:
Who is Edison’s new Township Council president?
My Central Jersey
John Poyner will lead the Township Council in 2023 in his new role as council president. Serving beside him in a leadership role is Councilwoman Margot Harris as council vice president. The two council members, who have just completed their first year in office, were elected to the new positions and sworn in during Wednesday’s Township Council reorganization meeting. Both Poyner and Harris said they were honored to be selected.

Technology and Entrepreneurship in Social Work
SW Helper
However, this is not a new concept. Research articles on technology and entrepreneurship in social work have been published for years, and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has published reports on the need for technology in social work. Furthermore, universities such as Columbia University in New York have embraced the movement, and have created a minor for social workers called “Emerging Technology, Media, and Society,” which trains social workers to understand the latest developments in the world of technology.

Marc Herstand is executive director of NASW-WI:
Ban on conversion therapy in Wisconsin could be suspended by GOP-led rules committee
Victoria Advocate
The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy group, calls conversion therapy, also known as “reparative therapy,” “dangerous and discredited” and rejected by mainstream medical and mental health organizations for decades. Both the American Psychological Association and American Medical Association have also denounced conversion therapy. “Conversion therapy is a horrible, harmful practice,” said Marc Herstand, executive director of the Wisconsin chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. “Every mental health and medical health profession has condemned it. It causes a terrible impact on LBGTQ youth, serious mental health issues, suicidality.”

Judith Schagrin and Philip Pratt are co-chairs of the Legislative Committee of NASW-MD:
Maryland fails to provide for troubled youths in state custody
Baltimore Sun
Wes Moore is inheriting a serious crisis the Hogan administration failed to address. We are neglecting children and youth who have high-intensity behavioral health needs because of insufficient therapeutic residential care options. Many in foster care are relegated to boarding for weeks or months in emergency rooms or to living in short-term psychiatric hospital wards with no end in sight because of the shortage.

Rick Miller is a member of NASW-MA:
If You’re Gay, Should You See a Gay Therapist?
Psychology Today
As a therapist, I’m often hearing certain particular questions from clients and potential clients alike—as a gay man, should I be seeing a gay therapist? Does it matter? What makes the most sense for me? It’s worth talking about these questions now, as so many people decide as part of their New Year’s resolutions to start therapy. How do they choose?

Laura Reagan is a member of NASW-MD:
Divorcing A Narcissist Starts With Changing You, Not Them
Scary Mommy
Laura Reagan, a licensed clinical social worker, integrative trauma therapist, and host of the Therapy Chat Podcast, says the first step is realizing you’ll need help. “The key to escaping a relationship with narcissistic abuse is to understand that you can’t change your partner, but you can change yourself,” Reagan tells Scary Mommy. “Find a therapist who specializes in narcissistic abuse, attachment trauma, codependency, and/or intimate partner violence to develop a sense of empowerment and reconnection to your own wants and needs.”

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