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NASW-NC Member Bill Meyer Featured as Duke's Blue Devil of the Week!

Thursday, November 29, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Name: William Meyer


Title: Clinical Social Worker and Associate Professor in the Departments of Case Management, Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology 


Years at Duke: 35 


What he does: Meyer spends most of his time at the Duke Perinatal Clinic of Durham, which provides care each week for 150-economically disadvantaged women with high-risk pregnancies. He counsels patients through various issues, including pregnancy and postpartum anxiety, depression and late-term pregnancy loss.  


Meyer connects patients to postpartum support groups, parenting classes and nurses who make house calls. He also uses the “Parents at Duke” email list to solicit donations of strollers, car seats, bottles and other items for expectant and new mothers. 


“Many of my patients were neglected or traumatized in their own childhood,” Meyer said. “I want them to feel supported while they’re pregnant and during the postpartum period. That’s going to help a woman be the best possible mom.”  


In addition to counseling, Meyer has lectured widely and published articles and columns education people about the harm done to people in the LGBTQIA community. Meyer argues against conversion therapy, which is the practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation. His writing has appeared in the Smith College Studies in Social Work, the Detroit Free Press and Tulsa World.


Read the entire profile here!

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