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( Members in the News – September 12, 2023
Sep 12th 2023, 15:59

Ryan Estes is a member of NASW-NC:( [Video]
988 lifeline signs installed around Wrightsville Beach to spread awareness of
mental health resource
WECTRyan Estes, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, on 988: “It’s a moment to
really tackle stigma and to take time to be more intentional with outreach to
the community to draw awareness. It’s an opportunity to really have those that
have not historically been involved in efforts to start to rally behind

Melissa Deasy is a member of NASW-CT:( Suicide
Prevention Week: Warning signs and resources for those in need
Shockingly, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United
States. About 49,500 people took their own lives last year in the country, the
highest number ever, ( according
to data released in August from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Melissa Deasy, licensed clinical social worker at the Institute
of Living, spoke with Ken Houston on News 8 at Noon to discuss the
importance of everyone taking the time to understand the signs and helping
others in crisis.

Abe Goetz is president-elect of NASW-IA:( Critics
say proposals to merge, purge state boards could put Iowans at risk
Iowa Capital DispatchAbe Goetz, president-elect of the Iowa chapter of the National
Association of Social Workers, said similar problems could emerge by
combining the Board of Social Work with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Both
boards’ meetings typically last a full day, he said, and combining the panels
would not reduce the amount of work, but would lead to higher expenses per diem
and payment for hotel stays through a two-day meeting.

( Maryland,
AFSCME leaders join forces to fill critical job openings
“It is extremely stressful. My caseload is very high, so it takes
me longer to get back to phone calls with my clients, and they’re also waiting
longer for services,” said Cherrish Vick, a family services case worker at
the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services. They’re looking
for everything from direct care workers to social workers to corrections
officers and many other positions. Marylanders said the opportunity means
everything. “When you want more, you think about having more. It starts
somewhere, and I think this is the next step,” said Devin Johnson, an
attendee of the job fair.

( End-Of-Life
Workers Are Sharing The Major Things We Get Wrong About Death
That’s why it can help to hear the insights of people who see death all
the time, because understanding it now can help us better process grief about
others and feel more at ease when thinking about our own mortality. I had
conversations with palliative and hospice care physicians, nurses and social
workers that comforted me, surprised me and challenged my own assumptions about
death. Maybe they will for you, too.

( A
Proclamation on National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, 2023
The White House
We fixed the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program so borrowers who
become teachers, police officers, social workers, military service
members and other public servants get the debt relief they are entitled to
under the law.  We are reducing the amount that student loan borrowers
have to repay on their undergraduate loans to 5 percent of their discretionary
income each month, down from 10 percent — the most generous repayment program

Steve Drzewoszewski is a member of NASW-NJ:( Coping
with suicide: Surviving the loss of a loved one
23 Bakersfield
According to Steve Drzewoszewski, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and
clinical director of ( Ellie Mental Health in New Jersey, characteristics
to look for in people who may be suffering depression are loss of interest in
activities, a negative outlook and loss of self-confidence. Depression is a
leading cause of disability around the world, the World Health Organization
wrote in a report. The effects of depression can be long-lasting or recurrent
and can dramatically affect a person’s ability to function and live a rewarding

Sandra McGatha is a member of NASW-MO:( Art
and color — an unspoken language in dementia care: Sandy McGatha
In fact, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) promotes art as
a way for individuals with dementia to express themselves and process their
emotions as they lose their language ability. Individuals with dementia may
not be able to verbally express feelings about their dementia, but emotionally
they may retain the ability to share their inner world through their art.

Steve Carleton is a member of NASW-CO:( The Top
10 Reasons Couples Get Divorced, New Data Shows
Best Life
Sometimes, people who marry young are still getting to know themselves.
“Marrying at a young age may mean the individuals have not fully matured
or discovered their identity, leading to changes that cause incompatibility
over time,” says Steve Carleton, LCSW, CACIII, a clinical social
worker and the executive clinical director at ( Gallus Detox. However,
far fewer couples are marrying young these days, compared with generations
past. In 2021, the national median age of first marriage was 29.2 years old,
representing a 32 percent increase in age since 1973, according to the ( U.S. Census Bureau.

Forwarded by:
Michael Reeder LCPC
Baltimore, MD


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