An Interview with Kim Kettle Allison Smith

Kim Kettle is one of many Licensed Clinical Social Workers who has a passion for helping people create a life worth living. She helps others find better ways to deal with their mental health issues. She received her Bachelors in Social Work from Brigham Young University and then went on to get her Masters in Social Work at the University of Utah School of Social Work. When asked why she chose to go into the social work profession, she stated when she was in high school, she was participated in student government. Throughout her years in high school there were a number of completed suicides and an incident where due to a peer driving intoxicated killed three other peers that all attended Alta High School. Kettle along with other class officers, and high school administration, represented the school at funerals, visiting with the families of those who completed suicide and the survivor of the accident where three other youth were killed.  She said that ever since that she wanted to help people figure out better alternatives and help them realize that they have so much to live for. “I have a passion for what I do because I believe everyone can change to create a life worth living.” Her specific training is in dialectical behavior. This is an evidence based practice that treats individuals with severe self harming, sexual prostitution, running away, mood and stability, inability to make and maintain relationships and tolerate stressful situations.

 

Kettle was always one to put smiles on others faces, and she still is. She grew up in a home where her mother graduated with her Bachelors in Social Work and a father who received a Masters in Public Administration. Given this,  her father was the Chief Financial Officer for Valley Mental Health for 35 years , she was raised with compassion for individuals who struggle with various so while growing up their family often did Sub for Santa. Kettle also had an aunt and uncle who were handicapped (blind and unable to walk). They lived with her paternal grandma and grandpa where they were cared for until their death. Kettle often cared for them and tried to make them as comfortable as possible. She loved the feeling that she got when helping others. She was always volunteering for anything she could get her hands on. She has always been very involved with her community and everyone loves her. One of Kettle’s services included sitting on the board of human rights for a company called TKJ serving adults with intellectual disabilities and mental illness.

 

Kettle has twenty years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families with mental health issues. While finishing up her undergrad she accepted her first job as a social worker in a nursing home.  She also worked on call at Primary Children’s Hospital as a trauma social worker. She has practiced social work in various capacities and is currently working for the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) where she is the program manager over a high mental health residential program for adolescent female residential program ages 12-17 with high mental health needs. She has taken over the division and is currently in the process of expanding the building. In this center they take girls of the state and help them understand that there is hope for them in their lives. They only take about 8 girls at a time and most of them stay a couple months. Kettle is changing these girls lives and helping them to create better ones. She states “There is hope and help for people who struggle with mental health disorders.”

 

Not only does Kettle run a division of UNI, she also has her own private practice. Kettle could possibly be the busiest person I know, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. She has something going on every single day. She takes clients in for her private practice when they know their issues and they need help to execute them. She has been helping different clients privately for about five years now, and doesn’t plan on closing it anytime soon. She started seeing clients privately because of her expertise in working with people who are high risk of suicide, self harm and are difficult to treat. “It makes me sad to see an increase in completed suicides among youth and young adults because there is a different solution if people know where to go to get therapy and medication.”  She goes on to say “I believe in the kind of treatment I do and have seen it chance lives so I wanted to offer it to a private insurance population.”

Opioids, Good or Bad? Allison Smith

When you hear “prescription drugs”, what is your first thought? There are many different reactions to this, good and bad. Some people have personal stories of loved ones who are either addicted or have died from addiction or misuse. On the other hand, there are those who will tell you that they have saved their life in a time of crisis. There are so many mixed emotions about this topic and it has been a big controversy, especially in Utah.

 

Utah has increased 400% since 2000 in prescription drug related deaths. You probably wouldn’t have guessed that right? The question is, why? According to Thegaurdian.com Utah has a high rate because of the primary religion, Mormon or LDS. It goes on to say that many Mormons fall back on prescription drugs to deal with the pressure of the religion. It talks about a faithful church member who was unknowingly addicted to prescription drugs. Her sister said that she had been addicted for about 15 years until they would not prescribe them anymore. She didn’t think that it was an issue or an abuse because they were prescribed to her, they weren’t illegal, but soon after prescription was taken away she went to more extreme measures. To cope with the sudden loss of her pills she tried heroine. She tried it one time, and then died. In the article it says that “Maline Hairup was a devout Mormon. No alcohol, no coffee. She didn’t smoke. Until the day she died, she had never used illegal drugs. Yet she was an addict for most of her adult life.”

 

According to Health.utah.gov every single month in Utah there are 24 people who die from prescription drug overdose. They are killing more people than fire arms, falls, and motor vehicle accidents in Utah. Some of the dangers with prescription drugs include: dependence, slower brain activity, irregular heart beats, high body temperature, heart failure, and lethal seizers. You may wonder how people get these drugs when they do not have a doctor to prescribe them, well a story from Strib.com can answer that. In this article it talks about the biggest opioid pill press in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. This man was a “narcotics trafficker” and was selling thousands and thousands of these knock off prescription drugs. He was said to have 1.3 million in cash just at his house. This was a huge bust in Utah’s history.

 

You may be wondering why we even have prescription drugs at all? What is the point with all these negative aspects? According to psychecentral.com “people who take their medications consistently demonstrate more healthy behavior overall.” I talked with Braxton Rose, a pharmacy tech at the LDS Hospital, and asked him his view on prescription drugs. His response was, “They are fantastic and do a lot of good for those who need it. There are blood pressure and cholesterol issues that these drugs help regulate. Pain pills that people genuinely need in hospitals after serious accidents.” He may be saying this just so he can keep his job, I still cant tell!

 

When prescription drugs are used correctly, they are a huge help with pain. Can you imagine shattering your femur and all the doctor gives you is a few ibuprofens? Or if you have a serious mental disease and the only way to regulate your behavior is through prescribed drugs? There are times when prescription drugs are at need for the comfort of others. Pharmacist need to make sure they are giving the right prescription as well, if not, it could be a bitter pill to swallow!

 

Prescription drugs cure what you need. If one uses their prescription exactly how they are told to, it can do much good, it can save peoples lives, and it can prevent other diseases in the future. They can be the answer to life threatening conditions. Something that is beneficial as well, is that they have short term effects such as,  helping when someone is sick with strep throat or another common sickness.

 

 

Some prescription drugs can not only help with what you are suffering, but other issues as well that you may not be aware of. According to http://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-06-2013/surprising-good-side-effects-of-meds.html, there are drugs that have multiple benefits, some of these drugs include Paroxetine, an antidepressant, causes lower risk of heart failure, Beta-blockers, for lower blood pressure, can reduce risk of dementia, Metformin for diabetes, avoids breast cancer, and many more. Many people do not realize that prescription drugs can have benefits as well.

 

 

There are so many good and bad facts to prescription drugs. This is one of the reasons why it is a huge topic of conversation here in Utah. So next time you or a loved one is prescribed a narcotic, what will be your action?

Salt Lake City’s Gallery Stroll benefits artists and galleries alike

Story and slideshow by CHRIS SAMUELS

Watch the creative process of local artist Dane Goodwin as he makes a screen print.

Blending older buildings with gentrification, downtown Salt Lake City is playing host to a transformative arts scene with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll as a backbone of the city’s cultural growth.

Locals and visitors alike meander down streets, gazing at the best visual art that Utah’s artists create on a monthly basis.

Similar scenes take place in the Sugarhouse neighborhood farther south, with galleries on 1500 East, and on the city’s improving west side surrounding the Gateway Mall.

The Salt Lake Gallery Stroll has been around for as long as many in the local arts community can remember. But, according to its website, the program actually started in 1983. A group of local galleries started keeping their doors opened later than usual to hold special events or gatherings in order to showcase local art.

Since then, the organization has grown to become its own entity and nonprofit organization, acting as a coordinator for the different galleries to showcase visual arts. Using more than 35 public and private organizations as sponsors, the Gallery Stroll helps a collection of more than 50 local galleries stay open late every third Friday of the month, except December when it’s the first Friday, to showcase group art, single artist showcases, or prize winners for local art competitions for students or up-and-coming artists.

University of Utah student Dane Goodwin, a winner of such a competition, was first featured in the Gallery Stroll after submitting art to a university board which displayed a few of his pieces in a participating gallery. Since then, the junior who is majoring in printing has been featured several times, most recently in April 2016 at the Copper Palate Press, a workshop and gallery located in an alleyway off 200 South near 200 East.

Goodwin was approached by the owner, Brian Taylor, to feature his abstract drawings and print art in a group exhibition, or a collection of artists showing off their work. To Goodwin and other artists, the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll is the premier event on the arts calendar to earn profits.

“It gives me a chance to sell my work,” he says. “A lot of people come out to see [artists’] works and become more exposed to [them] than if you were just trying to set something up yourself.”

Goodwin said other opportunities to sell his art, such as large arts festivals or outside concerts, become “huge ordeals.” Featuring and selling art at the Gallery Stroll creates an atmosphere of casual art enthusiasts who may be more inclined to buy his art.

Kandace Steadman, the visual arts program manager at the Salt Lake City Arts Council, agrees that the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll gives artists — and galleries — much needed exposure to the public.

“The Gallery Stroll gives that opportunity for galleries to be open and for the people to see art. Arts in general get a lot of benefit from the Gallery Stroll,” she said in a phone interview.

Galleries can feature different visual art pieces at every stroll, and artists can bounce around and apply to be featured in a different gallery each month.

Steadman and the Salt Lake City Arts Council, which supports and sponsors arts events throughout the city, manage a small gallery near the University of Utah named Finch Lane. Steadman says that without the Gallery Stroll, many of the nonprofit galleries in Salt Lake wouldn’t have a sufficient reason to stay open past normal business hours, when most members of the public will actually be available to see art.

As many as 40 galleries participate in the monthly event. That variety, Steadman said, can also be a drawback.

“There’s so many places to go, that you can’t get to every gallery on Gallery Stroll [nights]. For me, when I go I always choose three or four galleries to go to, and that’s about all I can go to …. There’s so many places to see local art, that you can’t get to in one night.”

According to information found on the Gallery Stroll website, different clusters of galleries make having a central location difficult. On a map from the March 2016 Gallery Stroll, the majority of galleries featured were downtown, grouped in areas near the Gateway Mall, Main Street and the 200 South, 200 East neighborhood. Several other participating galleries were on 400 South, near the main library, and in Sugarhouse.

In a quieter and more gentrified neighborhood, located away from many of the clusters of art galleries that attract the bulk of guests, 15th Street Gallery, appropriately located on the northeast corner of 1500 South and 1500 East, is a modern, chic art space that benefits from the Gallery Stroll every third Friday.

“That’s probably all the advertising that we do,” said Lucy Heller, the art director of the gallery, in a phone interview. “Primarily we do a really good gallery stroll, because we feel like that’s good entertainment for people to come out and see what’s available.”

Dane Goodwin thinks each gallery’s location reflects the culture that exists in the area. He said the 15th Street Gallery has less abstract art that could appeal to residents of that area, rather than the more radical cultural movements of the 200 South 200 East neighborhood, where many local artists have their studios.

Steadman, from the Salt Lake City Arts Council, says this can give the artist consistency and somewhat of a following, due to the cooperation that exists between galleries.

“The galleries that are associated with the Gallery Stroll are showing local art or works, which really benefits the arts and shows who is doing what,” she says. “And if you go enough, you start to see ‘oh yeah, I saw this person in an exhibition a year ago, and now they’re having another exhibition,’ and you can track their art career.”

What the Gallery Stroll might lack is the amount of diverse artists who are selected and featured each month. While the Gallery Stroll does not have a direct say in which artists are featured — that decision is left to the individual participating galleries — artists are left to fend for themselves getting an opportunity to be showcased.

Kandace Steadman with the Salt Lake City Arts Council recognized the lack of cultural diversity in the Salt Lake
arts scene, but said the process for any artist to be known is a “two-way street.”

Public galleries, like Salt Lake City’s Finch Lane, do not reach out to artists like private galleries do. Instead, an application process is used to determine who is featured every month.

“In order to have a diversity of artists showing, you have to have a diversity of artists applying,” she said. “We can help artists, and we do represent a broad variety of artists, but unless an artist with a diverse background applies, it’s really hard for us to show their work.”

Local artist Dane Goodwin also recognizes the lack of minorities in local arts, but said at least one gallery actively represents minority artists and culture. The Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts, which operates the Mestizo gallery and coffee shop at 631 W. North Temple, focuses its gallery on Hispanic and African American issues, according to a recent article by the Deseret News.

How My enterprise story came about

My original idea for my enterprise story was to do a feature on the University of Utah Basketball Scout team but the  teams travel for end of season tournaments and my own travels I never found time to sit down with those players. Instead I had to find a new idea. I decided to do a story on my uncle who at the time was down in Peru in a hospital recovering from the H1N1 virus. I felt like the story was worth writing about and gave me the opportunity to step away from it and view the event from another perspective. Finding sources for my story was easy. I wanted to talk to family members specifically his parents and siblings who just happen to be my Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and my Dad. I found that the most challenging part of this story was not finding the information I could use but writing the story in a way that my feelings on the matter did not show through. I found it hard not to throw in my reactions and feelings to the events that took place. Overall though I feel like I did a pretty good job of stepping back and writing a story from an outsiders perspective.Another challenge was including what information to use in the story. The whole thing happened over the course of a couple weeks and there were a lot of things happening at once. I wanted my audience to see the kind of person Bryce is as well as how powerful a small group of people can be when they reach out to a larger audience. I still think I had some trouble narrowing my focus and really getting out what I wanted to but that is something I can improve upon in the next draft. I was surprised once I started writing how easily I just kept going. I was sure I would have a tougher time getting the words out but they seemed to flow easily and next thing I knew I had over 1000 words and I was trying to find a way to wrap the story up before I wrote another thousand. Overall I feel like this story helped me improve as a writer because it forced me to keep my bias out of the story and helped me learn how to organize my writing in better ways.

Dario Jokic

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MY BLOG

The reason why I choose to write about prisons an education is because, one day I had a bunch of homework and I was driving by the Utah State Correctional facility and I was wondering if college student end up in prison a lot. Then that changed to a story about educations in prisons, after Sheena explained how difficult it could be to find someone who is imprison looking for a college education. Sheena also explained to me what recidivism was. As I was writing the piece I started learning more about recidivism and how expensive prisons can be, so I changed my piece to write about how we view prisoner and how education is changing the ideas of prison.

ABOUT ME

My name is Dario, I’m  an immigrant from Sarajevo, Bosnia. I have been living in the US for 15 years. I love Hip Hop, Funk, and Movies. I also enjoy break-dancing. When I grow up I want to be a Film Maker or Journalist :). When I was little I wanted to be a Basketball player/rapper/lawyer. I love animals, especially dogs. I used to do Parkour, but then I got electrocuted, lesson learned. My favorite movies are typically crime related or comedies. My favorite dessert is Tiramisu, cause it’s alcohol and coffee mixed together with cookies. I think Samurais would win in a fight against Spartans. I think Disney is overrated and I prefer the Looney Tunes; I’m serious I would drop kick Mickey Mouse for Bug Bunny._DSC8137. This is picture of me being exhausted in London

Josh Soutas

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At the start of this semester I could easily have pointed out my two greatest weaknesses when it came to reporting and writing. First, punctuation, and second, interviewing sources.

BiopicThrough this class I feel that I have grown greatly in both of these two areas of my craft. Although I am still working on punctuation, I feel that I have learned how to properly use it better this semester, through both in-class exercises and the out-of class stories.

Where I have had the most growth in my eyes, however, is learning how to ask better questions when interviewing sources. Through this class, the discussions, readings and assignments, I feel that I have been able to ask better, more meaningful questions to get the information I need from a source.

For me, one of the most difficult parts of being a professional storyteller is remembering to keep your voice and opinion out of a story, but still be able to influence that piece with your style. I have learned this semester that this is a difficult but very rewarding challenge. On the other hand, the most satisfying part of being a storyteller, is when you complete and publish a story and see that you gave someone, or something, a voice that it did not have before.

 My reporting increased my understanding of our “Arts and Culture” beat tremendously. It is funny to think how we struggled to describe what “Arts and Culture” meant to us in the beginning of the semester. One way that my reporting increased my understanding of our beat is by getting the stories and opinions of the arts and culture here in Salt Lake City through interviewing my sources.

I think that the biggest benefit of covering this beat was getting to know and become fairly connected to the culture here in Salt Lake City. Being a transfer student who spent the last two years in Florida, I knew very little about the arts and culture here in Salt Lake City. Because of our out-of class stories, I feel that I became more connected with the city that I live in.

As a result of my reporting this semester, I have improved in multiple, if not all areas of my writing/reporting. I am no longer nervous when preparing to interview a source, and have learned how to paraphrase, and paraphrase well.

ABOUT ME:

I am currently 21 and a junior at the University of Utah. I spent the first two years of my college education at the University of Tampa in Florida. I will graduate with a degree in communication with a sequence in journalism. I am interested in both sports and advocacy journalism. I love to meet new people, which is why I moved to Florida alone when I had the opportunity. It is also is why I am passionate about journalism. I like to hear people’s stories, get their viewpoint and see something through someone else’s eyes.

I have a love for all sports, especially soccer. You will never see me miss a Manchester United game. I am a hard worker, go to school and work full time, and enjoy nature even if the mountains are second best to the beaches in Florida.

My passion for advocacy journalism comes from my parents and family background. I am the oldest of eight kids, four of whom are adopted, including one boy and one girl from Ethiopia, Africa. My Mom, who is finishing up her master’s degree in social work, and my Dad, who is a dentist, help lead mission/free dentistry trips for the Ordinary Hero Foundation. My parents have preached equality and human rights in my house for as long as I can remember and I want to use journalism to give a voice to those who are otherwise voiceless.

Peyton M. Dalley

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I transferred to the University of Utah after two years at Dixie State University. My goal was to get more journalism experience and pursue the passion for writing I’ve had my whole life. Not only was I able to get writing opportunities, but I also had a one-on-one interaction with my future employer.

Within three months I was able to execute my passion for writing, while developing a skillset that can be used through a variety of fields, not just in the journalism world. This prepared me for face-to-face interviews and on-the-spot writing that led up to my final enterprise story, where I was able to have a taste of my future career at NBC down in Los Angeles.

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Photo by Alyssa Ence.

Reporting and being a hands-on journalist this first semester helped me realize that silence sends the most powerful message. Seeing that I often ask many questions at once, reporting helped me realize that one question can lead to another and listening can be more powerful than asking. However, I did struggle with staying on one specific beat this semester. My reporting and journalism took more than one route and it was hard to re-route my objective back to one specific beat.

While my enterprise story was by far the hardest to execute, because of the time frame and deadlines, writing profiles and other side stories in between helped me develop the concept for my final story. I was also able to learn how to meet those deadlines in a short time. It not only gave me the confidence to know I could write a well-constructed story in a short time,  but also helped me multitask with several stories on the line with similar deadlines.

Both my media classes this semester provided me with the tools for constructing a well-written story. They also gave me connections for internships and opportunities to meet new people. On top of writing for class, I was also able to write as an intern for the Daily Utah Chronicle and become a co-editor for Odyssey Online. Both have helped get my work published on a platform for an audience to engage with.

Overall I would say this was a successful semester that pushed me to limits I didn’t even think were possible. I’m looking forward to what the next semester has in store and as a result of my reporting this semester, I have realized this is what I want to do with my life.

ABOUT ME: 

My name is Peyton Dalley, or TinaPey on social media. Since I was 8, I’ve had the desire to write and perform on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” — a dream I’m currently in the process of living.

If I’m not at my tiny pink laptop writing about a millennial-related topic, I can be found at a local coffee shop or head-banging at one of my favorite concerts. Little-dog videos are what get me through the day, and Amy Schumer’s voice soothes me to sleep at night. I love connecting with people on a real-world level, and enjoy laughing at the little things.

Currently I write for the Daily Utah Chronicle, as well as Odyssey Online, where I get to write what I love about this thing called life. I have been called the song bird of my generation, and am often times mistaken for the actor Tina Fey. Most importantly, I’m fluent in both English and sarcasm, and majoring in mass communication at the University of Utah.