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(https://www.socialworkersspeak.org/media-news/news-round-up/members-in-the-news-august-29-2023.html) Members in the News – August 29, 2023
Aug 29th 2023, 14:45
Ada Deer was a member of NASW-WI and a
social work pioneer:(https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/ada-deer-obituary/) Ada
Deer Was an Epic Figure in US History
The NationAda Deer knew injustice. Even more importantly, she knew how to
address injustice. Born into the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin in 1935,
Deer, who died on Tuesday at age 88, came of age in the 1950s, as the US
Congress was pursuing a cruel strategy of ending recognition of tribes and
actively undermining their sovereignty. She saw through the lies that
underpinned the federal government’s “(https://library.law.howard.edu/civilrightshistory/indigenous/termination#:~:text=The%20main%20method%20of%20terminating,lives%20in%20large%20urban%20areas.) termination”
agenda, rejected the pressure to abandon historic commitments and values, and
set out to bend the arc of history toward justice for indigenous peoples.
Eventually, she and her allies succeeded in writing a new chapter in the
history of Native Americans.
Kristen Lee is a member of NASW-RI:(https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/rethink-your-way-to-the-good-life/202308/3-ways-to-become-psychologically-rich) 3
Ways to Become Psychologically Rich
Psychology TodayNew research shows that the relentless pursuit of (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/happiness) happiness might not be
yielding the return on investment we’re promised. Happiness propaganda
baits us to think we can unequivocally radiate with all-good vibes, no dark
emotions, and boundless positive energy if we just summon the (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/self-control) willpower to turn that
frown upside down. Even after binge-reading every last happiness book,
repeating affirmative mantras with the fullest fervor, and mustering up as
much (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/gratitude) gratitude as humanly
possible, life remains hard, especially when our time and energy are
misdirected toward the relentless pursuit of perfect bliss.
Amy Salgado is a member of NASW-CA:(https://www.latimes.com/delos/story/2023-08-15/young-queer-latinos-redefining-gender-roles) How
L.A.’s young, queer Latinos are redefining gender roles
It may seem like they are not fulfilling the gender roles expected of
them, thus letting their family down. This conflict can generate feelings of
internal pressure and a struggle to reconcile personal authenticity with
familial acceptance. (https://www.amysalgadotherapy.com/) Amy Salgado, a California-based licensed clinical social
worker, said that in addition to the emotional challenges, Latino queer
youth encounter practical obstacles too.
Lisa Ferentz is a member of NASW-MD:(https://worldtimetodays.com/gaslighting-phrases-people-say-to-manipulate-you/) Gaslighting
phrases people say to manipulate you
Gaslighters do or say something offensive and then deny it ever happened
in order to sow self-doubt in the victim, a licensed clinical social worker
said (https://www.theferentzinstitute.com/) Lisa
Ferentz who specializes in treating trauma. “The victim begins to
question their instincts and relies more and more on the ‘reality’ created and
manipulated by the perpetrator,” she said. “It also reinforces the sense of
dependency on the abuser.”
Scott Granet is a member of NASW-CA:(https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/health-wellness/2023/08/21/barbie-whitney-port-too-thin/70597798007/) Whitney
Port, ‘Barbie’ and the truth about ‘too thin’
“Certainly being too thin can have very serious medical
consequences, as well as serious cognitive as well as emotional consequences
too, so I do think that saying something can be very important,”
says (http://www.ocd-bddclinic.com/) Scott M.
Granet, licensed clinical social worker at The OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern
Sarita Trawick is a member of NASW-OR:(https://www.pmg-ky1.com/sentinel_news/breaking-the-stigma-adhd-can-make-rejection-feel-even-worse/article_2cf9b0ad-d5a2-5238-88ea-8ac1e5c3dfd7.html) Breaking
the stigma: ADHD can make rejection feel even worse
But there is a misconception that people with ADHD lack the ability to
pay attention. That’s just not true, according to licensed clinical social
worker Sarita E. Trawick. “The people that have ADHD often can actually
hyper-focus on something that they’re interested in,” said Trawick, who sees
clients in Kentucky and Oregon. Pairing an activity or area of interest with
the boring or difficult task can help, she said.
Tracy Ross is a member of NASW-NYC:(https://www.huffpost.com/entry/10-pink-flags-to-pay-attention-to-in-relationships-goog_l_64e3bcece4b000bac4769754) 10
‘Pink Flags’ To Pay Attention To In Relationships
“Pink flags are those things that you notice, that nag at you,”
said (https://tracyrossnyc.com/biography/) Tracy
Ross, a licensed clinical social worker specializing in couples and family
therapy. “Maybe the first or second time you push them away, but after a
few times, you begin to pay attention and ask yourself, ‘Is this a flag that
could be a deal breaker, or am I imagining it or overreacting, or is this
something that can be addressed?’” Pink flags tend to more subtle and less
serious, but they can still pose some risk to a relationship.
Lynette Spencer is a member of NASW-IL:(https://www.shawlocal.com/kane-county-chronicle/opinion/columns/2023/08/23/fear-fueled-fictions-when-anxious-assumptions-lead-us-astray/) Opinion
| Fear-fueled fictions: When anxious assumptions lead us astray
Shaw Local News NetworkAnxiety disorders often go unnoticed, potentially causing
detrimental consequences in relationships, education and work. A prevalent
issue born from a blend of anxiety and life experience is assumption-making.
This tendency is succinctly captured in the adage, “When you assume, you make
an _____ out of you and me.” Most readers easily will fill in the blank, and
none of us want to be the object of that sentence.
Sarah Breen is a member of NASW-CA:(https://www.wellandgood.com/parallel-play-relationship/) Why
Therapists Say That ‘Being Alone Together’ (AKA Parallel Play) Can Majorly
Strengthen Your Relationship
Well + Good
Parallel play encompasses that middle ground. By creating space for each
of you to pursue your own interests while also appreciating each other’s
company, parallel play “can facilitate both increased independence and
closeness between partners,” says psychotherapist (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/sarah-e-breen-los-angeles-ca/768305) Sarah E. Breen, LCSW. There’s a certain kind of comfort
in knowing that you’re free to do your own thing, but also, your partner is
right there next to you, if you need or want anything; it’s not about ignoring
each other so much as it is allowing room for solo pursuits with the option for
you to engage intermittently.
Najamah Davis is a member of NASW-NJ:(https://bestlifeonline.com/house-rules-adult-children/) 6 House Rules
You Need to Set With Adult Children
In some cases, adult children may be welcome to stay in the family home
for as long as they need or want. However, if this is not the case, it’s best
to set your expectations about the length of stay up front, says Najamah
Davis, MSW, LCSW, a (https://www.nd-counselingservices.com/resume) licensed
clinical social worker. “If a parent or parents have a length of
stay in mind, discuss this with your adult child,” she tells Best
Life. “Establishing an agreed length of stay will encourage
independence, manage expectations, and promote progress.”
Debbie Scott is a member of NASW-HI:(https://www.npr.org/2023/08/21/1194823959/maui-wildfires-mental-health-toll) Massive
mental health toll in Maui wildfires: ‘They’ve lost everything’
“They’ve lost family, they’ve lost their pets. They’ve lost
everything,” says south Maui clinical social worker Debbie Scott.
She says for some who had to flee the flames, the initial shock is now giving
way to wrenching anxiety, nightmares, anxiety, depression and sometimes anger,
as the depth of the trauma settles in.
Jocelyn Thompson is a member of NASW-CA:(https://health.ucdavis.edu/news/headlines/mind-institute-gets-47-million-nimh-grant-to-test-autism-intervention-in-community/2023/08) MIND
Institute gets $4.7 million NIMH grant to test autism intervention in community
UC Davis Health
“This partnership will help us disseminate best practices amongst
clinicians in our field, improve outcomes for kids and enhance caregiver
support and training,” said Jocelyn Thompson, a clinical social worker and
behavior analyst who is vice president of autism services at LEARN Behavioral.
“We hope it leads to the best care possible for those with autism and their
Dana Dorfman is a member of NASW-NYC:(https://www.middletownpress.com/fairfield/article/mental-health-collaborative-fairfield-18306308.php) Fairfield,
school officials team up to raise mental health awareness
The Middletown PressDana Dorfman, a social worker based in New York City, will
speak at Fairfield Warde High School for the first event, titled
“Parenting Teens in the Age of Anxiety” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept.
13. Five more monthly speaker events will take place from October through
March, excluding December, on topics including substance abuse, eating
disorders, depression and suicide, male mental health and online activity.
Amy Wilson is a member of NASW-NC:(https://scrippsnews.com/stories/unique-tiny-homes-village-aims-to-help-people-facing-mental-illness/) Unique
tiny homes village aims to help people facing mental illness
“The design of the homes is actually based on research by Dr.
Amy Wilson and with the UNC School of Social Work,” she said,
“and her research on people with serious mental illness talked about how
the space can either contribute to or take away from someone’s mental
health.” With that in mind, some of the one-bedroom homes face the street,
while others are parallel to it to help provide a sense of privacy.
Anthony Nave is a member of NASW-CT:(https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/from-addiction-to-recovery/202308/a-parallel-recovery-families-healing-from-addiction) A
Parallel Recovery: Families Healing From Addiction
A common saying at our treatment center is that we all know a loved one,
either a friend or family member, who struggles with addiction.
Provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for
2022 is predicting another year of over 100,000 overdose deaths from drugs in
the United States.
Jamie Fujimoto is a member of NASW-HI:(https://www.kitv.com/news/mental-health-workers-hoping-a-change-to-the-laws-will-get-more-therapists-licensed/article_1eb370d2-4385-11ee-a9b8-0be798792913.html) Mental
health workers hoping a change to the laws will get more therapists licensed
Mental health therapists predict a growing need for talk therapy. (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/jamie-k-fujimoto-lcsw-kailua-hi/101708) Jamie Fujimoto, LCSW, is a clinical therapist with a
practice on O’ahu. “I think there’s going to be a great need for
therapy and therapists,” she asserts. Fujimoto says every single client
she has right now is telling her they’re affected by the fires. “People
have loved ones, family, close friends directly affected by the fires. Some
don’t know anyone, but there’s still depression with this happening so close to
home. It’s affecting so many people,” she continues.
Kelsie Tobias is a member of NASW-IL:(https://www.illinoistimes.com/springfield/not-all-screen-time-is-created-equally/Content?oid=17310116) Not
all screen time is created equally
Illinois TimesIt is necessary and healthy for parents to have some control over
online content and screen time for their children under 18. And the good
news is, it is fairly easy to do. First and foremost, parents can prevent
exposure to screen time risks by prolonging the purchase of a cellphone for
their younger children. In lieu of a phone to deal with, parents can then focus
efforts on setting limits on any other device used in the home, such as a smart
TV, tablet, gaming device or computer.
Michael Reeder LCPC
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