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( Members in the News – August 11, 2023
Aug 11th 2023, 12:23

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law creates new path to licensure for social workers
Illinois Senate DemocratsThis law was an initiative of a group of concerned social workers and
the National Association of Social Workers after a study found that people
of color, older adults and people with disabilities fail the licensure exam at
dramatically higher rates than their counterparts, indicating unfair bias on
the exam. In Illinois, data shows that first-time pass rates vary by race and
ethnicity. White individuals have the highest pass rate at 82.5%. Asian
individuals have a pass rate of 70%, followed by Hispanic individuals at 59.6%.
Black individuals have the lowest pass rate at 42.4%.

Joanne Belloli is a member of NASW-MI:( Precious
Blood Sister celebrates 60 years of religious life
The CourierBelloli is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and
the NASW Academy of Certified Social Workers, and also holds a
CAADC—Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential. She also holds
a master of pastoral studies from Loyola University Chicago. She earned a
bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Dayton and a master’s
degree in education from the University of Detroit (now University of Detroit

Robin Bilazarian is a member of NASW-NJ:( It
Turns Out, Washing Your Face Can Benefit Your Brain
Mind Body GreenAs licensed clinical social worker and master EFT trainer ( Robin Bilazarian, LCSW, DCEP,
previously ( told mbg, “When we are agitated or stressed out,
everything about us is robbing blood to go to major muscles.” Think about
how the color may drain from your face when you’re met with a bout of anxiety.
By encouraging blood flow back into the face, you signal to the rest of your
body that it’s OK to relax. 

Lily Thrope is a member of NASW-NYC:( My
Son, Superhero In Training
I asked ( Lily
Thrope, a licensed clinical social worker and certified intuitive
eating counselor, about red flags for parents when it comes to behavioral
or psychological shifts along these lines. “Boys are not identified as
frequently as girls when it comes to eating disorders and body image issues
because it can look very sneakily healthy,” Thrope said. “Being strong is
great. So is taking care of yourself. It is the obsessive piece that
complicates things. It is trying to get bigger in a way that ignores genetics
and their own body cues.”

Susan Radzilowski is a member of NASW-MI:( Trans
youth in Michigan can get free therapy through this grant
Michigan Radio
The program also connects clients with a pre-approved list of mental
health providers in Michigan who have expertise in caring for the LGBTQ
community. Susan Radzilowski, a licensed clinical social worker, is one
of them. When her own child came out as trans some 18 years ago, resources were
nearly impossible to find, she said, and the experience was isolating.

Theresa Nguyen is a member of NASW-CA:( Back-to-school
mental health: 5 tips for returning to the classroom
US Times-Post
When you’re feeling a hurricane of stress and anxiety as you start
school, there are effective ways to respond, says Theresa Nguyen, licensed
clinical social worker and vice president of policies and programs at Mental
Health America. “You can control your fear…” says Nguyen. “The worst thing
you can do is ignore it.”

Janea Swander is a member of NASW-VA:( Ten
Questions with Janea Swander
Williamsburg-Yorktown DailyI’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and owner and founder of
my solo private practice, Connection Therapy Services, LLC (( I provide online
counseling services to adults living in the Commonwealth of Virginia. My main
specialty is in providing trauma therapy to treat Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD). 

Janet Urdahl is a member of NASW-DE:( Watch: Former
Methadone Clinic Director Slams Culture of Cruelty
Filter MagazineMy name is Janet Urdahl and I am also an LCSW, CADC. I am a
native New Yorker but relocated. My current position is as an executive
director of a methadone clinic. This is my first experience working inside a
methadone clinic although I have been in the field for 40 years.

Claire Lerner is a member of NASW-DE:( Your
Child Can Be Strategic, Not Manipulative
Psychology TodayChildren are driven to get what they want, and will use any tools
at their disposal that help them reach their goal—they are not purposefully
trying to drive their parents crazy. If throwing a tantrum results in extra
iPad time, a later bedtime, or simply getting more of your ( attention, your toddler is
putting two and two together, making an important assessment: “Excellent
strategy; put that one in the win column.”

Leora Lowenthal is a member of NASW-MA:( Here’s
why some people keep their cancer diagnosis to themselves: ‘An incredibly
personal decision’
For any career-minded person, there might be some “worrying about
protecting present and future employment possibilities,” especially if you
think people are “perceiving you as having limited time or limited
capacity.” For practical guidance around what to disclose at work, Lowenthal,
who is a senior clinical social worker for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s
Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, tells Yahoo she
encourages people to “know your rights,” and consult with guides such
as those provided by ( Triage

Michelle Sperlich is a member of NASW-MI:( UB
social worker receives $150,000 NIH award to advance a support program for
pregnant and new moms
University at Buffalo( Mickey
Sperlich, PhD, an associate professor in the UB School of Social Work,
will partner with the Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network (BPPN) on a study that
will advance the science behind the Survivor Moms’ Companion (SMC), a supported
self-study intervention Sperlich co-created while working as a researcher at
the University of Michigan.

Forwarded by:
Michael Reeder LCPC
Baltimore, MD


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