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News Items – July 20, 2016

Carla_outside_close_head[1]Carla Damron is executive director of NASW-SC:
New coalition rallies against proposed rate hike by SCE&G
The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
The coalition, which will be formally introduced during a media event in Columbia, includes: the chamber; Kingdom Living Temple; the S.C. chapter of National Association of Social Workers; New Alpha Community Development Corp.; the South Carolina League of Women Voters; the South Carolina Sierra Club; Sustainable Midlands; and the Whitney M. Slater Foundation.… Years of rate increases are hitting customers on little or fixed income the hardest, said Carla Damron, executive director for the state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and a member of the coalition.  “Housing advocates will tell you the rising costs of utilities makes it more and more difficult for our citizens to maintain housing,” Damron said. “We don’t need to burden the most vulnerable of our citizens because of these cost overruns.”

Jancey Wickstrom is a member:
This Is The Truth About Recovering From Bulimia
Self Magazine
While [cognitive behavioral therapy] is a popular form of treatment, people suffering from bulimia may also require help from experts in different disciplines, like therapists, registered dietitians, and physical health management experts, Jancey Wickstrom, a licensed clinical social worker and site director at The Renfrew Center of Chicago, tells SELF. “Individuals will need help identifying the underlying causes of the eating disorder and learning new ways to respond to those causes,” she explains. And it can be a process: Some people require intensive treatment, spending six to eight hours day learning how to effectively manage emotions without eating disorder behaviors, having supported meal sessions, and engaging in group and individual work with therapists and other providers, says Wickstrom.

Suzanne Thorniley is a member:
Domestic violence group helps survivors cope with trauma
The Roanoke Times
Learning about trauma-based reactions can be an important and healing tool when learning new ways to deal with past abuse, [Dr. Klaire] Mundy said. That goal is the focus of a new domestic violence support group — led by Mundy and licensed clinical social worker Suzanne Thorniley — that’s set to start in Roanoke at the end of July. “This isn’t just a support group, it’s also a skill-building group,” Mundy said. “It’s teaching women about trauma — what happens to them physically, what happens to them neurologically, what happens to them psychologically, how they can make changes in the way they live their day-to-day life.”

The writer, Deborah Sosin, is a member:
When Breaking News Breaks Your Spirit, Is It OK To Tune Out?
WBUR (Boston, MA)
So, is it OK to protect ourselves from the relentless onslaught of tragedy, violence, injustice, terror, and still be a caring, involved person? What is the cost of so much exposure to traumatic events and images? If I tune out, it doesn’t mean I don’t care about the world. Call it privilege or call it self-preservation. I care. I care about Nice and Baton Rouge and Baghdad and St. Paul and Brussels and Baltimore and Istanbul and Dallas and Jerusalem and Orlando, and on and on and on. I am saturated. I am traumatized. I can’t watch anymore. At least not for a while. And I still care.

Moreen Fried is a member:
Man sentenced for assaulting girlfriend and children
News Miner (Fairbanks, AK)
At the sentencing hearing Moreen Fried, a licensed clinical social worker, testified she interviewed Barron-Katairoak and used various tools to ascertain any childhood trauma he might have experienced and to assess his mental health to determine the appropriate treatment program for him. Fried said Barron-Katairoak suffered childhood neglect, came from a dysfunctional family, experienced educational difficulties, had an underlying depressive disorder and had been a chronic inebriate at the time of the assault on his family. Fried also said Barron-Katairoak had problems with self-regulation, difficulty in attaching and had a history of explosive behavior in relationships but said she thought he could learn to control his violent tendencies if given appropriate treatment.

Kim White, MSW, LCSW is the immediate past president of the NASW West Virginia Chapter
Kimberly White: Mental health should be part of schools’ support
The Herald-Dispatch
We can no longer ignore students’ mental and behavioral health needs or send them out-of-state, or worse yet, incarcerate them for care they should have received at a much earlier stage in their development. The future of our state depends on our children and we must prioritize them, every part of them.

Wendy Behary is a member:
Is Donald Trump actually a narcissist? Therapists weigh in!
Vanity Fair
Licensed clinical social worker Wendy Terrie Behary, the author of Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed, said, “Narcissists are not necessarily liars, but they are notoriously uncomfortable with the truth. The truth means the potential to feel ashamed. If all they have to show the world as a source of feeling acceptable is their success and performance, be it in business or sports or celebrity, then the risk of people seeing them fail or squander their success is so difficult to their self-esteem that they feel ashamed. We call it the narcissistic injury. They’re uncomfortable with their own limitations. It’s not that they’re cut out to lie, it’s just that they can’t handle what’s real.”

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