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.

Non-traditional Social Work Gets Its Due

Wall St. Cheat Sheet, which has been named #1 Social Media Influencer on Wall Street by Forbes, featured our non-traditional social work internship program, which places Master of Social Work students in corporate environments. Here they gain skills such as project management, human capital development and process improvement. By acting as a liaison between employees and management, social workers can help ensure healthy workplaces.

Spotlight

The Children’s Data Network, housed at the USC School of Social Work, is a data and research collaborative that links and analyzes children's administrative records to advance policies that will improve their well-being.

People

Master of Social Work student Alejandra Cortez didn’t want to wait until graduation to do something meaningful. So she ran for president of her hometown’s neighborhood council – and won.

Giving

A $1.5 million gift from USC Trustee Daniel Tsai and his wife, USC alumna Irene Chen, will enable researchers at the USC School of Social Work to explore how technology can promote health among older adults in Taiwan.