Is the MSW the New MBA?

Fast Company magazine's Co.Exist blog, which focuses on the latest world-changing ideas and innovations, featured the school's social work and business concentration, noting that "a number of corporate failures demonstrate the need for the very skills that social workers are trained in." 

Most Veterans Unprepared for Civilian Life

Many service members leaving the military and returning to Los Angeles County are not prepared for the transition home, according to a new Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families report. This first comprehensive study of a large urban military population found that most of the 1,350 veterans surveyed experienced challenges in finding employment, unstable housing situations, health and mental health issues, and more.

Ending Homelessness

The USC School of Social Work hosted the first Western States Next Practices Round Table: The Art of Scaling Best Practices to End Homelessness, bringing together more than 150 government officials, organizational partners and providers to discuss current approaches to homelessness and what is needed to impact policies that will lead to change.

Young Military Men Report More Sexual Dysfunction than Civilians

Thirty-three percent of male military service members aged 21 to 40 reported erectile dysfunction, a rate that is more than three times that of similarly aged civilians, according to a new USC study. 

Boosting Skills to Help Children and Families

A new program headed by the USC School of Social Work sends its student interns to work not only at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services but also to gain clinical skills at a community-based agency. "We looked at how we could enhance internships that would better prepare students for one of the most difficult jobs in social work, or one of the most difficult jobs - period," said Professor Jacquelyn McCroskey.

Spotlight

Advocates for African American Elders is a multidisciplinary partnership founded by Karen Lincoln at the USC Roybal Institute on Aging that helps African American seniors advocate for their health needs.

People

For the next year, the School of Social Work will benefit from the research and expertise of the Israeli Defense Forces via Eyal Fruchter, a colonel and former head of the Mental Health Division in the Israeli Medical Corps.

Giving

Thanks to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Children's Data Network, led by School of Social Work faculty, now includes information on transition-age foster youth. The innovative project links child welfare data across agencies.