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News Items – November 28, 2018

AngeloMcClainNASW executive director Angelo McClain is mentioned:
Children entering foster care in CT down 19% since 2010
The CT Mirror
The Annie E. Casey foundation, a nationally-renowned group that advises states on child welfare policy, in 2015 praised the state for its commitment to the reforms, dubbing Connecticut “The Comeback State.” Angelo McClain – chief executive officer of National Association of Social Workers and former commissioner of Massachusetts child welfare agency – agrees. In an email he wrote to Katz upon learning of her decision to leave, he wrote, “Thanks to your good work, the Connecticut child welfare system is one of the best in the nation. … I often reference CT as a best practice example in my talks to social workers across the country.”

Rachel Sussman is a member:
It’s not just you: Breakups *can* lead to physical pain, so here’s how to deal
“What you’re experiencing are symptoms that are related to depression and anxiety,” says licensed psychotherapist and relationship expert Rachel Sussman, LCSW. “When people talk about physical symptoms around a breakup, that’s what I typically hear about.” Physical markers of breakup-induced anxiety and depression include sweating, dizziness, and tingling of the extremities, Sussman says. (Heck, research has even conflated feelings of love with addiction and rejection with drug withdrawals.) And while you don’t have to be prone to anxiety and depression to experience these effects, if one or both of the conditions are part of your life, Sussman says you’re much more likely to feel the physical woes.

Rik Cornell is a member:
Mark Hayward: Tips for a cordial Thanksgiving dinner in the age of outrage
New Hampshire Union Leader
The crisp turkey skin makes an audible snap as the carving begins. The secret-ingredient stuffing barely survives the first passing around the table. But Uncle Joe is at cousin Trent’s throat over the latest Trump tweet, and your Norman Rockwell-like family meal has collapsed into an NFL sidelines free-for-all. “Sometimes a lot of pent-up issues get brought out. It’s quite difficult for others; they want to enjoy the food. This happens in a family,” said Rik Cornell, a licensed clinical social worker and vice president of community relations at the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester.

William Meyer is a member:
Blue Devil of the Week: Helping New Mothers
Duke Today
Name: William Meyer. Title: Clinical Social Worker and Associate Professor in the Departments of Case Management, Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Years at Duke: 35. What he does: Meyer spends most of his time at the Duke Perinatal Clinic of Durham, which provides care each week for 150-economically disadvantaged women with high-risk pregnancies. He counsels patients through various issues, including pregnancy and postpartum anxiety, depression and late-term pregnancy loss.

Kara Radecki is a member:
‘Being UnNormal’ mental health podcast to go live at Camas library
The Columbian (Vancouver, WA)
Coming off the success of the Camas Wellness Festival in October, Camas resident Kimberly Berry knew she needed to keep the momentum going. Berry helped organize the inaugural mental health festival in Camas, and she hosts a weekly podcast called “Being UnNormal” that covers mental health and social issues. Her podcast was born from the experience of raising two daughters with mental health special needs. She’s released more than 20 podcasts, but this week Berry’s podcast will experience a first. Berry is hosting a live taping of the podcast called “Surviving the Holidays” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Berry will be joined by guest Kara Radecki, an area therapist and clinical social worker.

Marla Ruhana is a member:
Grieving during the holidays
Click on Detroit
Marla Ruhana is a clinical social worker in St. Clair Shores who specializes in grief and loss. She understands firsthand what it’s like to grieve during the holidays. “My father died Dec. 22, and it will be seven years this year and I can honestly say this is the first year that I’m truly looking forward to Christmas,” said Ruhana. “Grief is especially difficult during the holiday season, because there are so many memories of loved ones, and holidays in and of themselves are loaded with expectations.” Ruhana says it’s OK to not do everything you normally would.


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