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News Items – January 5, 2023

Rebekah Gewirtz is executive director of NASW-MA:
The state’s ‘front door’ to behavioral health care set to open as demand for services soars
The Boston Globe
In addition to the Help Line, the “Roadmap for Behavioral Health Care Reform” establishes mobile teams ready to respond immediately to those in crisis and calls upon 25 Community Behavioral Health Centers to provide swift and flexible care in every city and town across Massachusetts. The hope is that fewer people will flock to hospital emergency departments, where they now spend days or weeks waiting for help. “This road map is a game-changer. It’s truly transformative for our state,” said Rebekah Gewirtz, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts chapter.

The First National US White Ribbon Day Against Gender Based Violence Launched On Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
White Ribbon USA is delighted to announce the launch of the first official US National White Ribbon Day on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. The event organized by Dr. Angelo McClain CEO National Association of Social Workers NASW supported by the US Department of VA and attended by top government officials and other dignitaries who showed solidarity in the fight to end gender-based violence and discrimination towards women.

Alisa Kamis-Brinda is a member of NASW-PA:
How Can You Tell If Your Therapist Is The Right Fit For Your Needs?
Another question to ask yourself if you’re wondering if your therapist is a good fit is if they mesh with your needs. Everybody is different; what works for one person might not for the other. Alisa Kamis-Brinda, a licensed clinical social worker and licensed psychotherapist, told The Cut that clients need to “consider your gut feeling to see if it feels right talking to this therapist.” Feeling “heard and understood” by them is a big plus, she said.

Charlotte Elkin is a member of NASW-NYC:
“Am I A Jerk For Skipping Christmas With My Parents Since They Won’t Treat Me Like An Adult?”
Bored Panda
So how are we supposed to cope with the inevitable holiday drama? We don’t all want to skip the celebration altogether, but we also want to be careful not to damage our relationships because someone started discussing politics or asked when you’re going to start popping out babies. According to Charlotte Elkin, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Oscar Center, there are a few healthy ways to manage that holiday season familial stress.

Caitlin Opland is a member of NASW-CO:
Why You Lose Track Of Time At The End Of The Year
Yahoo News
“I have seen more clients come to me during the holiday and winter seasons due to increased stress,” said Caitlin Opland, a licensed clinical social worker with Thriveworks in Loveland, Colorado, who specializes in stress, anxiety and relationships. She’s heard about pressure related to meal preparation, gift-giving, family obligations, travel, work projects and more.

Jasmine Cobb is a member of NASW-TX:
5 Black Mental Health Experts Share Ways to Prevent Burnout in the New Year
Jasmine Cobb, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in grief and trauma at Visual Healing Therapeutic Services, PLLC, shares that setting boundaries is the key to reducing stress and avoiding burnout. “Boundaries are limits intentionally put in place to protect your peace,” says Cobb. While you may not have much control over the scheduling demands set by the workplace, you do have control over the amount of additional stimulation and engagement you are engaged in outside the workplace.

Christine Isaac is a member of NASW-NJ:
Health Matters: Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Reflection
For some, the practice of self-reflection may come naturally. For others, it may be an adjustment. Either way, self-reflection is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself as you start a new year. Self-reflection, defined by the American Psychological Association as the examination, contemplation, and analysis of one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions, can have numerous benefits.

Nikki Lively is a member of NASW-IL:
What Is Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)?
The difference between the two approaches, essentially, is that “[Dr.] Greenberg felt that identity issues, like people feeling a clear sense of who they are and whether they’re being understood, is more important, whereas Susan Johnson felt the security of our attachments is more important,” explains Nikki Lively, a licensed clinical social worker, certified emotionally focused therapist and clinical director of the Transitions to Parenthood program at the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Abby Wilson is a member of NASW-TX:
“Toxic Positivity” Is a Problem, Therapists Say—Here’s How to Spot It in Your Life
Yahoo News
In this case, Abby Wilson, LCSW and psychotherapist, suggests challenging your belief system. “To avoid toxic positivity, I recommend being mindful of any thoughts that say you should ‘get over it,’ or ‘just focus on the positive,'” she says. “Sometimes focusing on the positive can lead to positive emotions, but we want to have a healthy balance of acknowledging the positive, and holding space for the negative when necessary.”

Bill Eddy is a member of NASW-CA:
3 Secret Powers of Narcissistic Bullies
Psychology Today
Not all narcissists are bullies, but many bullies are narcissists. This makes them more powerful in their relationships (at least temporarily) but also more predictable than the average person. Most people don’t expect them to behave the way they do, so they are caught by surprise unless they know their patterns of behavior. Three powers, in particular, help them dominate others. If you recognize these, you are less likely to get into a bullying situation or may be able to get out sooner.

Geneele Crump is a member of NASW-IN:
[Audio] WVPE’s Kent Fulmer talks about New Year’s resolutions with Geneele Crump, LCSW
Geneele Crump talks to Kent Fulmer, giving tips on how to be successful in making and keeping New Year’s resolutions.

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