New Book Explores Sacred Side of Therapy

For decades, therapists have skirted the edges of religion and spirituality with clients. By doing so, they may have overlooked the greatest source of resilience or the key to psychological issues. That's the contention in "Spirituality, Religion, and Faith in Psychotherapy: Evidence-Based Expressive Methods for Mind, Brain, and Body," a new book by Associate Professor Helen Land.

Department of Defense Grant to Study Technology's Role in Preparing Military Social Workers

The Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families received a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study whether technology, such as 3-D avatar animation and mobile apps, is effective at training graduate students and professional clinicians and therapists.

Social Workers Team Up with Computer Scientists

Assistant Professor Eric Rice and USC Viterbi computer scientists have teamed up to create an algorithm to be used by Los Angeles social workers to prevent the spread of HIV among homeless teens and young adults.

Race Has Everything to Do With It

With his new book, "Black Males and Racism: Improving the Schooling and Life Chances of African Americans," Clinical Assistant Professor Terence Fitzgerald hopes to shine a light on one segment of racial injustice that he believes has often been ignored — the subjugation of black males in the education system.

School Tapped by President to Reduce Gun Violence

As part of the Obama administration's Now is the Time plan to reduce incidents of mass shootings, our Field Education department has received a $1.4 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to train students in specific areas of behavioral health in an effort to address gun violence.

Spotlight

Learn about how our Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families is helping our returning service members and their loved ones with the transition of coming home.

People

Kristina Ronnquist, MSW ’14, is on a mission for prison reform and recently spoke about human rights violations at the 85th International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, Switzerland.

Giving

The USC School of Social Work has received a gift of $250,000 from the Watt family to establish a fund to encourage the incubation of new strategies and solutions to housing affordability and access in Los Angeles and other urban areas.