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News Items – March 23, 2023

Social work students celebrate Social Work Advocacy Day at the capitol through Senate Bill advocation
Hilltop Views
On March 3, St. Edward’s social work students attended the annual Social Work Advocacy Day at the Texas State Capitol. This all-day event was put on by the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. It started at the LBJ Library and ended at the capitol, with almost 800 social work students and professionals attending from all across the state. 

Kathy Bray is a member of NASW-UT:
Kathy Bray, a remarkable force helping Utah’s most vulnerable
Kathy Bray, is President and Chief Executive Officer for Volunteers of America, Utah (VOAU) – a position she’s served in for more than a decade. Bray is a certified social worker who is responsible for the overall managment, fiscal stability, and strategice direction of Volunteers of America, Utah. Bray is responsible for managing the multi-million dollar nonprofit faith-based organization with more than 340 employees providing direct care and support to some of Utah’s most vulnerable people, individuals experiencing homelessness, untreated substance use disorder and behavioral health issues. Bray’s organization touches the lives of more than 9,000 people each year.

Martha Burkett Fallis is a member of NASW-UT:
If there’s domestic violence, couples should seek help — separately
Deseret News
That’s among the biggest fears, said Martha Burkett Fallis, a licensed clinical social worker who provides therapy in Salt Lake City and serves on the board of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. “Things might come up that could be used as a catalyst for abuse.”

Doug LaBelle is a member of NASW-WI:
‘When it stops being fun, talk to somebody’: March Madness coincides with Problem Gambling Awareness Month
“Sports betting is sky rocketing,” Doug LaBelle, a licensed clinical social worker, said. March Madness is just one reason Wisconsin’s gambling helpline got the most calls of 2022 in March. “March as a month is a trigger,” LaBelle said. “In the case of gambling, it could be a trigger that’s a good one because we have fun, or it could be a trigger into the continuing progression of gambling disorder.” LaBelle said a majority of the people who bet on March Madness won’t have a gambling problem.

Evelyn Smith is a student member of NASW-TX:
Texas panel advances bill that would hinder transgender kids’ access to puberty blockers & hormone therapies
“Research has consistently found that access to this medical care reduces the rates of suicide ideation and attempts in trans and nonbinary youth,” said Evelyn Smith, a social worker student and member of the National Association of Social Workers’ Texas Chapter. “This proposed legislation strips the rights of families to direct their own health care and jeopardizes the livelihood and mental health of youth. Medical decisions should be left in the hands of families and medical professionals, not the government.”

Social Work Month

Amy St. Luce is a student member of NASW-WA:
Breaking barriers every day: JBLM’s social workers Advocating for patients with Amy St. Luce
US Army
If you have ever sought behavioral healthcare, have children in school, or received treatment for substance use, chances are you have met a social worker. These healthcare professionals have earned a Master of Social Work or a doctorate and work with individuals, families and organizations to address their needs and concerns. They work in different settings, from community centers and schools to state and federal agencies. March is national social work month. This affords a prime opportunity to inform the public and policymakers about the important role social workers play in varied settings.

March 2023 is Social Worker Month
The Avery Journal-Times
March is Social Work Month – a great time to celebrate the wonderful profession of social work and Crossnore’s amazing social workers. Per the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics, “The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs in all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.”

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