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News Items – October 13, 2022

news items logo oneRobert Hasson is a member of NASW-RI:
Opinion/Your Turn: Ethical leadership ensures immigration system centers on dignity
Cape Cod Times
The recent relocation of approximately 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard is a stark reminder of the human consequences that occur when partisan politics influence immigration policies. It’s also a reminder of what can happen when individuals and local communities transcend these politics and turn towards caring for and welcoming the stranger. Since 2015 I’ve studied the experiences and outcomes of vulnerable immigrants, including unaccompanied children. This research, guided by social work values and ethical principles, can inform our understanding of what happened in Martha’s Vineyard, and what local, state, and federal authorities can do moving forward.

Falmouth Police Department To Hire Social Workers
The Enterprise (Falmouth, MA)
Mental health crises often result in calls to the police. Social workers in law enforcement departments provide mental health services to community residents, specifically crisis intervention and mediation, according to the National Association of Social Workers. Those same services could also be provided to officers within the department if needed. Board members agreed that hiring social workers in those positions would help attract police officers as well.

Clara Reynolds is a member of NASW-FL:
How to cope with Hurricane Ian trauma, stress and anxiety
Tampa Bay Times
For those in disaster zones, making a plan on how to take care of themselves and their loved ones may ease their anxiety, added Clara Reynolds, president and CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, a nonprofit. Feelings of guilt can surface when a person survives a catastrophic event, but others don’t. Humans don’t control the weather, said Reynolds, a licensed clinical social worker.

Justin Perry is a member of NASW-NC:
Mental Health & Our Kids: Here’s what parents should know
Once a parent or guardian has identified that their child needs help, the next step is starting a conversation with them. Channel 9′s Elsa Gillis spoke with a licensed clinical social worker who shared valuable tips for parents. “I think it’s important to normalize that we have a range of feelings and that sometimes we’re going to be happy, sometimes we’re going to be excited,” said Justin Perry, with Perry Counseling, Healing and Recovery. “But also, sometimes we’re going be sad, sometimes we’re going to be hurt, angry, embarrassed and all of those are OK.”

Jennifer Vazquez is a member of NASW-NJ:
Guest Opinion: Freedom to choose allows us to pursue happiness
The Intelligencer
Autonomy and agency over the self is a crucial component of every human being’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Without the right to decide in any arena of our lives can cause great damage to the human mind, body, and spirit. A person would be left joyless — a life without happiness.

Jed Diamond is a member of NASW-CA:
How Having An Absent Father Fundamentally Changes Your Brain
According to the National Center for Fathering, “More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father. Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent. If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency.”

  1. Diane Barth is a member of NASW-NYC:
    Prioritizing will help you deal with problems
    Santa Barbara News-Press
    F. Diane Barth, a licensed clinical social worker, suggests making a list of things that are overwhelming you, such as tasks you need to accomplish, goalsyou’ve set for yourself, and things that worry or distress you. List making is a tried-and-true method for organizing your thoughts and getting your fears into perspective. And the No. 1 thing on your list needs to be making an agenda.

Bronwyn Cross-Denny is a member of NASW-CT:
SHU’s Public Health & Health Science Programs Receive $1.5 Million Grant
Hamlet Hub
Jacqueline Vernarelli, director of SHU’s public health graduate program (MPH) and co-director for research and education at the College of Health Professions, will serve as project director and principal investigator for the Pioneers of Public Health Scholarship Program. The team also includes Christina Gunther, assistant professor and chair of the health sciences department who will serve as co-director of the project, Sofia Pendley, assistant professor of public health, and Bronwyn Cross-Denny, associate professor of health science.

[Video] Vera Institute suggests social workers should handle non-emergency public safety calls
FOX 8 (New Orleans, LA)
Vera Institute suggests social workers should handle non-emergency public safety calls.

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