Daylong camps address families' hurricane trauma | Apartment complex's on-site resources to help younger HIV patients | Police in Wash. to add more mental health response teams with grant
September 13, 2019
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Daylong camps address families' hurricane trauma
Daylong camps address families' hurricane trauma
Daylong camps incorporating instinctual trauma response and graphic narrative techniques helped children and their parents process the stress of life after Hurricane Michael, which struck the Florida panhandle last year. Many affected families had little experience with trauma and developing coping skills, says licensed clinical social worker Rachel Scharlepp, but she hopes the camps helped participants build the resilience they need to not just survive but grow.
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Apartment complex's on-site resources to help younger HIV patients
A new apartment community in Kansas City, Mo., will have 50 affordable housing units, a quarter of which will be for young adults with HIV. Social worker Jessica Ross says medical and other resources will be available on site to try to keep residents from dropping out of treatment programs.
KSHB-TV (Kansas City, Mo.) (9/12) 
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Police in Wash. to add more mental health response teams with grant
The Spokane County Sheriff's Department and the Spokane Police Department in Washington state will use a $700,000 grant to add four "co-deploy" teams that each have a mental health clinician and an officer to respond to people having mental health episodes. The agencies currently have five teams between them, which work to prevent such people from being taken to an emergency room or jail.
The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (9/11) 
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Teen social media usage tied to higher odds of mental health problems
Teen social media usage tied to higher odds of mental health problems
A study in JAMA Psychiatry showed that 12- to 15-year-olds who spent more than six hours on social media daily had a threefold higher likelihood of developing internalizing mental health problems, such as depression, as well as a fourfold increase in odds of developing both internalizing and externalizing issues, such as bullying, compared with those who used no social media. Shorter duration of social media use was also associated with increased risk, but the association between social media use and externalizing behaviors alone was inconsistent.
HealthDay News (9/11) 
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Government & Policy
Former social worker testifies on medically assisted suicide bill
Lawmakers in the Minnesota House heard testimony Wednesday from proponents and critics of a bill that would allow medically assisted suicide. "I want to be able to say goodbye and die peacefully rather than deteriorate to the point that doctors sedate me to unconsciousness while my family watches me slowly dwindle," said retired social worker Marianne Turnbull, who has stage 4 ovarian cancer and testified at the hearing.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (9/11),  Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (9/11) 
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Administration may switch focus from ACA replacement to court ruling
The Trump administration may be abandoning efforts to develop a replacement for the Affordable Care Act to focus instead on the potential fallout should a federal judge next month rule the law is unconstitutional, according to a White House staffer, congressional aides and activists. The White House said it has not stopped work on a plan to replace the ACA, but conservative groups said they have not been provided information on any potential overhaul.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/12) 
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Career Insights
5 ways to help others manage their emotions
Learning how to help someone struggling emotionally improves your ability to remain calm during conflict and resolve it, writes clinical psychologist Nick Wignall. He offers five tips including validating your emotions before addressing theirs and showing an interest in understanding their problem versus trying to solve it.
Medium (tiered subscription model) (9/11) 
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Act with "existential confidence" to overcome doubts
A CEO's uncertainty can be contagious, and one way to combat this is by the mindset that Jim Selman and Dr. Srini Pillay call "existential confidence." "When you are existentially confident, you are less concerned about the probability of success, and you use language related to the possibility of your goals," he writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (9/12) 
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NASW Updates
Discounted Training Available: Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Services for Older Adults
The Jewish Federations of North America's (JFNA's) Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care invites social workers employed by organizations in the aging services network to attend its annual training workshop on person-centered, trauma-informed services for older adults. Send an email for a discount code before registering. Please visit this link for workshop info. 
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Registration is Open for the NASW 2019 Virtual Forum - Addressing Domestic Violence Through the Social Work Lens
Join us live, October 16 & 17, 12:00pm - 5:00pm (EST) to access cutting-edge education presented by leaders in the field on topics covering clinical practice, children & families, advocacy, ethics, older adults, LGBTQ, and more as they relate to domestic violence. The program will feature both plenary and breakout sessions and offer CE credits. Live streamed from the NASW National Office, you will be able to view it from your home, your office, or even on a mobile device. Learn more and register by visiting this link.
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