By Silas , Your "E-Journalism Social Work Advocate"
This program Promotes, Highlights, and Uplifts the Social Work Profession. The podcast aims to educate the general public to the undeniably vital contributions Professional Social Workers make in every aspect of our society every day.
Coming up next on Thursday, August 13th will be Dr. Veronica Hardy, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She is a Full Professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She is a writer and her 2019 publication is titled, A Letter to My Sisters: Reflecting on God’s Promise. Throughout her career, she has provided services in settings including residential treatment facilities, maintained a private counseling practice, and served as a faculty member in various social work and counseling programs. Dr. Hardy has focused her attention on social justice and community issues including human sex trafficking of children and adolescents. She talks about helping students get through the pandemic & being on the lookout for heightened tell-tale signs of Human-Trafficking.
Dr, Samantha Fletcher was selected as the Executive Director of the NY State Chapter of NASW in September of 2019. She has been instrumental in taking the chapter to new heights, especially since the on-set of the Corona Virus Pandemic. Dr. Fletcher details in this segment how she, the Chapter Board of Directors and her Staff supported the NASW Member and non-member Social Workers during the early stages of the Corona Virus Pandemic outbreak. Listen as she talks about how Dr. Fletcher recognized right away that in order to best support the general public during this crisis the State's Social Workers need to be strongly supported and advocated for.
Samantha is a member of the Cherokee Nation and strongly embraces native culture. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work (2014) and a Ph.D. (2018) from the University at Albany School of Social Welfare. Prior to her tenure at the University at Albany, she worked for over 15 years in human services including a family law firm, a crisis pregnancy center, an Islamic school, as well as a personal training business. After earning her Ph.D., Samantha served as the Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and the Director of Admissions in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany.
She partnered with the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to implement a social justice group for students, faculty, and staff called “The Gathering;” this endeavor increased awareness of social injustice for all members of the community and instantiated an on-going method for critically examining inequality at micro-, meso-, and macro-levels of analysis. She worked with a diverse team of administrators and faculty to implement quality educational programming for social work students at all levels (BA, MSW, and Ph.D.). In addition to enacting New York State and the Council on Social Work Education mandates for the School, a special emphasis of her work was to deepen and expand the School’s focus on social justice.
Ms. Dana Kane Glickman, LCSW – Is a caring, dedicated, and seasoned professional who has 38 years of experience providing individual, group and family psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and families. She is the founder and CEO of the highly successful organization, “Kidz Helping Kidz”, a place where all children feel accepted, special, important, and significant. Her organization has been working with children from Dix Hills, Long Island in NY to deal with the stress and anxiety brought on by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Listen to hear how she has been helping children and parents adjust, adapt, and cope during the Corona Virus Pandemic. Ms. Glickman skillfully re-created her services so that she could still provide the quality offerings her company has grown to be known for. Listen as she describes how she motivated her kids to think about others, reach out to others, and focus on the positives of showing gratitude and giving thanks. She masterfully helps the “children clients” she serves look for, find, and celebrate the positives amidst the calamity and negativity of the Covid-19 Global Pandemic!!
Dr. Melanie Sage, LCSW, Is the Author of the Powerful and Widely Read Essay, “Love Letter To Social Workers” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/love-letter-social-workers-front-lines-covid-19-sage-licsw-phd/ – Is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Buffalo. Her practice background includes ten years in public child welfare, hospital mental health, and working with Veterans. She is the Director of Institute for Healthy Engagement and Resilience at the Buffalo Center for Social Research.
Her research passion is the beneficial uses of technology for promoting well-being, especially for marginalized youth, she is the Chair of husITa,the "Human Services Information Technology Association", an international non-profit that promotes ethical technology use, and a co-chair of the Social Work Grand Challenge of Harnessing Technology for Social Good Committee!!
Ms. Nzingha Gaines currently provides social & emotional support services as the Family Support Social Work Specialist for three Alternative Charter High Schools in Lee County Florida. She created the Facebook Page: MECCA (Making Engaging Community Connections Accessible) which hosts Weekday Live Episodes providing topics and resources specifically addressing the social/emotional impact of COVID-19 on parents with children. She is also a Mental Health Professional/Substance Abuse Counselor serving marginalized, disenfranchised youth, children and families for 28 years
Nzingha Gaines, MSW Consulting, the company Ms. Gaines founded, provides mental health and academic consultation, training, workshops locally, regionally, and nationally presentations specifically designed to address the deficit of Mental Health Literacy and Cultural Competence within school systems, community agencies and many religious/church organizations.
Listen to Ms. Rebekah Gewirtz, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Chapter of The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), as she talks about Social Workers from Massachusetts immediately answering the call to assist the Elder Veteran Population during the Covid-19 Outbreak! Hear her explain why she penned the powerful opinion piece entitled, “As I See It: Social workers are essential personnel, so why aren’t we talking about them?” According to Ms. Gewirtz, she wrote this article to bring attention to the lack of recognition for the role Social Workers are playing in the battle against the deadly Covid-19 Pandemic!! She wants the public to recognize and appreciate what they do!
The is the first segment in the "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work Podcast, Special Series entitled "Social Workers - Confronting Covid-19 with Compassion, Courage, and Character". Hear: Dr. Elizabeth Eckhardt, LCSW - Director of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Lawyer’s Assistance Program as she talks about the stressful and challenging roles Social Workers are dealing with in hospitals. Listen as she tells the stories of Social Workers being there for their patients, their patients families, and other healthcare providers. Feel the pain and hear the heartbreak as she details the traumatic experiences Social Workers are dealing with.
Listen as Award-Winning Journalist @EmilyNonko discusses her findings on how Public Libraries are turning to Professional Social Workers to assist those in need. Hear how this collaboration to help those in need is becoming a national phenomenon. Many thanks to the Merrick Library in Nassau County, NY for providing the space for this interview.
(Pictured from left to right: Frank Pomata, Mental Health & Wellness Advocate/Public Speaker, Co-Producer of this Segment - Thank you Frank for connecting the show to Mr. Veny!!; Silas W. Kelly, LMSW (Founder/CEO} of Kelsunn Communications & Executive Producer/Host of the Show; Mike Veny, Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author of the Book; "Transforming Stigma" -- Thank you for gracing us with your presence, wit & humor Mike!! , and Dr. Lisa Z. Newland, LCSW-R, Chair of the Molloy College School of Social Work & President of the Nassau/Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers (NSABSW). ***Special Thanks To Dr. Newland and the Molloy College School of Social Work for Hosting This Recording Session!!!
Listen in to a valid & honest discussion about Mental Health & Mental Illness. Hear three interesting and knowledgeable "subject area experts" in their own rights talk about and tackle the issue. Hear some of their viable solutions to address this issue,
***In Photo Pictured Left to Right:
Ms Bridget Livingston, Direct Care Staff Member & Directress & Vocal Coach of the F.R.E.E. Ensemble Players
Ms. Lois Logan, LCSW-R Social Worker & Musical Consultant to the F.R.E.E. Ensemble Players
Mr. Robert Budd, Executive Director of F.R.E.E.
Hello everyone. The organization that will be highlighted in this segment does magnificent work. The name of the organization is called “Family Residential and Essential Enterprises”, Better Known as “F.R.E.E”. The organization was founded in 1977. The organization proudly supports more than 4,000 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. It is the mission of FREE to help individuals of all abilities realize their full potential. The story you are about to hear is amazing. However, the real story in this segment is about a talented group of “Differently-Abled” F.R.E.E. consumers. These consumers, on the Autism Spectrum were given the opportunity to realize their “full potential”. They had music and a message in them so they took that opportunity to heights unknown. This is an amazing story told by dedicated professionals about the positively, powerful impact music has on Mental Illness. Listen and be inspired.
Listen to the moving story of Ms. Danielle Kirk and her passionate drive to "Destigmatize" Mental Illness once and for all. Hear her own story of fighting through her own mental illness brought on by a near-fatal horse-riding accident, Ms. Kirk shares the knowledge related to her realization that Mental Illness & Addiction are "Brain Conditions" and they can be successfully treated like any other medical condition. Most Importantly be inspired by the global initiative that she is launching called the "Live in Light Institute" better known as "LILI" . She has decided to dedicate her life to addressing these "Brain Conditions" and more importantly, making sure that reliable, professional medical and psychiatric help and needed resources are readily available to all who may need them. We invite you all to listen and "Get Lifted By LiLi!!!
Listen as Social Worker & EAP Specialist, Megan Dwyer, LMSW, and Mental Wellness Advocate Frank Pomata, MA Discuss Mental Health and Wellness in the Work Place. Hear about the role EAP Social Workers Play in helping people navigate their problems so they can stay gainfully employed. Hear first-hand how mental illness can and has derailed the efforts of someone to stay gainfully employed. Listen to statistics from a research article published in the Harvard Medical School Journal on the impact un-diagnosed and untreated mental health issues have in the work place and on the economy. Listen as our guest provide suggestions on how to address this issue.
Please Click, Listen, Like, & Share this Election Day Special - In Memory of the Late “Congressman Elijah Cummings” by Silas, Your "E-Journalism Social Work Advocate". I interviewed NASW Member, Political Social Worker, and Stony Brook Social Work Professor Jessica J. Mitchell, LMSW. She shares her knowledge about the importance of Social Workers being Political involved. She also talks a lot about getting Social Work Students involved politically.
I dedicated the show to the late Congressman Elijah Cummings and begin and end the segment with a powerful message he shares from his mother before she passed, about voting.
Long Island Youth connected to the Town of Smithtown’s Horizons Counseling and Education Center, The Smithtown Youth Bureau, and the Smithtown Youth Alliance had some things they needed to say to other youth. However, they needed a vehicle to be able to get those messages to as many young people as possible. They were encouraged to find their voice and use it to spread positive messages of hope and help regarding critical issues plaguing today’s youth. The issues they passionately wanted to talk to young people about were: “Vaping”, “Under-Age Drinking”, “Peer-Pressure” and “Marijuana Use. These are issues they and their peers face on a daily basis. Many of their friends have fallen victim to these problems. These youth wanted to do something about it.
Several Staff and Administrators of the agencies reached out to Staff Member, Silas W. Kelly, LMSW, current NASW-NYS Board Member and Self -Titled “E-Journalism Social Work Advocate”. Silas came up with the idea to reach out to his Alma Mater, Suffolk County Community College. Kelly studied Radio and TV (RTV) Production there many years ago. He pitched his idea to one of his former professors from the college, Alan Bernstein, recently retired Director of the RTV program, and one of his former Program Director’s from Kelly’s earlier radio days, and current College Radio Station Manager, Bill Terry, a 40-year radio veteran. Silas explained that students from the Youth Bureau wanted to produce PSA’s and the possibility of current students of the college’s RTV program handling all the technical production aspects of the project. The proposed collaboration was agreed upon. The Youth Bureau Students wrote PSA’s to address the four issues they identified and selected music beds to be used for each one as well. Arrangements were then made to take the students to record the PSA’s at Suffolk Community College’s Broadcast Facilities on August 1, 2018.
Current SCCC students Joe Adleman and Kevin Nessler of the Radio/TV Program handled all of the technical production of recording the PSA’s and doing the final mix-downs. Through a major collaborative effort the Youth Bureau students, with the support, guidance, and encouragement of Administrators (Matthew Neebe, LCSW– Director, Drug and Alcohol Counseling Services-Town of Smithtown-NASW Member), Stacey Sanders, BA – Smithtown Youth Bureau Director, along with Staff Counselors: Kelly Devito, Alexa Stern, Madlyn Makboulian, and Cynthia Grimley – Staff, and Counselors of the Town of Smithtown’s Horizons Counseling and Education Center, The Smithtown Youth Bureau, and the Smithtown Youth Alliance.
The students put together a masterful PSA project. These are the topics of the PSA’s in the order they are played and the students that voiced them:
1.) Vaping PSA: Alexa Grimley, Alexa Rand, and Sydney Rose
2.) Underage Drinking PSA: Abi Anand, Alexa Rand, and Vaishnavi Ravichandar
3.) Peer Pressure PSA: Alexa Grimley and Vaishnavi Ravichandar
4.) Marijuana PSA: Sydney Rose and Abi Anand
***Youth Bureau Student, Victoria DiFiore, was a PSA writer also.
These PSA’s have been shared by the Smithtown Youth Bureau, on various Social Media outlets, Local Newspapers, and The Internet.
Listen as Frank Pomata discusses his personal challenges dealing with his own Mental Illness diagnoses. Hear how he ran from it and hid it for many years before deciding to "Come Out Of The Shadows" as he put it. Hear him advise listeners to seek help when they need it. Marvel at him as he tells how he triumphed over his stigma.