Tattoos as Therapy

Adjunct Lecturer Gabe Crenshaw took part in the reality television show “Ink Shrinks” on the Spike network. The show’s premise is based on the idea that the body releases endorphins to combat the pain of getting a tattoo, allowing those undergoing the procedure to be more open to therapy. After having a therapy session with the client, the show's professional psychologists and tattoo artists work together to “prescribe” a tattoo designed to help clients heal by serving as everyday reminders of how far they’ve come.

Faculty Honored with Endowed Chair, Professorships

Professors Suzanne Wenzel, left, and William Vega recently were presented with donor-funded professorships by USC Provost Michael Quick, along with Dean Marilyn Flynn, who was named to an endowed chair, and Professor Ron Avi Astor, who also received a named professorship. These positions establish a connection between research and philanthropy that honors both scholarship and a donor’s vision.

Orange County Veterans Face Mental Health Challenges

A study from the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families surveyed more than 1,200 veterans in Orange County, California, and found that one in five post-9/11 veterans had considered suicide. Adm. Mike Mullen, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, said at the study's release that the data proves the need for community leadership in veteran reintegration.

School Tackles Race Relations

Because racial discrimination has been at the forefront of the country’s consciousness in recent months, the USC School of Social Work focused its annual All School Day event on the theme of “Race Relations in the 21st Century: Is It Just a Black and White Issue?” Guest speakers included Mayor Aja Brown and USC professors Manuel Pastor and Jody Armour, who discussed the state of race relations in the United States today and where they thought it would go.

Gen. Dempsey Visits USC

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited USC March 23. “What you have done here is both unique and inspirational and, more important, it’s effective,” he said, acknowledging the work of the university and the School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families.


This year's All School Day, “Race Relations in the 21st Century,” featured Compton Mayor Aja Brown and USC professors Manuel Pastor and Jody Armour, who discussed the state of race relations today and its possible the future.


MSW students teamed up with a local police department to develop an early-intervention program that pairs police with social workers to reduce the recidivism rate of youth cited for minor crimes.


The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust has awarded $500,000, one of just five 25th Anniversary Grants, to the USC School of Social Work for scholarship support for veterans and military families.