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News Items – January 2, 2019

Dori DiPietro is president of NASW-AZ:
Peer-support program works to keep DCS workers from burning out
It makes sense to turn to peers when work gets stressful, said Dori DiPietro, president of the National Association of Social Workers and director of the social work program at Mesa Community College. “The camaraderie of social workers with social workers is very healing,” she said. “We get each other.” A former child-welfare investigator herself, DiPietro said social workers are trained to deal with difficult situations. “We can handle that,” she said. “It’s all those piddly little calls and emails.”

Amy Miller is a member:
What Your Myers-Briggs Type Says About the Kind of Partner You Are
In a nutshell, the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI) is Isabel Briggs Myers’s and Katharine Briggs’s application of Carl Jung’s theory of personality types, based on how people prefer to interact with the world, take in information, and make decisions. The combinations of those four pairs of preferences—extraversion/introversion (E/I), sensing/intuition (S/N), thinking/feeling (T/F), and judging/perceiving (J/P)—result in the 16 types (ESTJ, INFP, etc.).”If you’re accurately typed, it doesn’t put you in a box, it’s just a blueprint,” says Amy Miller, MSW, LCSW, who uses MBTI sometimes in her individual and couples counseling practice in St. Louis. “The MBTI is designed to measure your clarity of preference.”

Jessica Tappana is a member:
8 Reasons To Exercise That Have Nothing To Do With How You Look & Everything To Do With How You Feel
Elite Daily
“Working out gives you a sense of accomplishment,” says Jessica Tappana, MSW, LCSW, therapist and founder of Aspire Counseling. “It feels good to know you’ve done something. Working out allows you to push yourself a little bit harder each day and you can see measurable results.” Whether you’re working on your handstand or training for a marathon, watching yourself grow stronger can prove to yourself that you can do more than you might have previously given yourself credit for.

Trey Greene is a member:
2018 Person of the Year: Trey Greene, MSW, LCSW
QNotes (NC)
Transcend Charlotte Co-founder and Executive Director Trey Greene, despite his prominent position in the city’s LGBTQ community, is not one to draw attention to himself. Rather, the clinical social worker, educator, dedicated gamer, television binge-watcher, cat dad, hamster dad and all-around introvert prefers to focus on those he serves: individuals grappling with issues of gender identity, social marginalization, and, frequently, the lasting trauma of abuse and sexual assault.

Jude Treder-Wolff is a member:
7 Habits That May Indicate You’re Emotionally Hungry
If you’ve ever felt like, despite how hard you try, you can’t quite fill your emotional needs, it’s possible that you’re experiencing something called emotional hunger. Emotional hunger in adults is relatively common, and although the habits related to this feeling can be difficult to live with, the root of the problem can be fixed with a little bit of self-reflection and mental health work. Emotional hunger is a state of being. “Emotional hunger is experienced as a constant, underlying sense of want or that something is missing,” licensed clinical social worker Jude Treder-Wolff, CGP, CPAI, tells Bustle. “It can be a result of trauma, rejection or lack of social skills that makes it difficult for a person to connect to others.” Since it’s so constant, however, it can be hard to pinpoint.

Autumn Collier is a member:
These Are The Best Resolutions You Can Make, According To Therapists
Language has immense power. “What we tell ourselves creates an emotion, and that emotion yields a behavior,” said Autumn Collier, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist at Collier Counseling in the Atlanta area. The key to shifting your perspective and simultaneously developing healthier habits is changing your internal dialogue. Collier recommended replacing the phrase “I should” with the words “I’d like to.” For example, instead of saying “I should call my mom more often,” switch it to “I’d like to call my mom twice a week to catch up.”

Susan Munsey is a member:
Do unto others what you wish them to do unto you
Daily Mirror
The other heroine is Susan Munsey, who rescues victims of the sex trade. As a teen, Susan was lured into a life of prostitution in Southern California, where she learned about the abuse of young women firsthand. Eventually she was able to escape that world to become a clinical social worker and a psychotherapist. In 2009, she founded ‘GenerateHope’, a nonprofit movement that offers a safe place for survivors of sex trafficking.

Stephanie Miller is a member:
[Video] Suicide Rates on the Rise in Minnesota
Nearly 800 Minnesotans died by suicide in 2017, up five percent from the previous year. But the trend has been growing upward for some time now.… “There are a lot of people that don’t necessarily reach out to the services or even know that there are services out there,” said Stephanie Miller, a clinical social worker at Mayo Clinic Health Systems Austin.

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