In the Media
San Antonio Magazine
November 10, 2013
San Antonio Magazine quoted Carl Castro of the USC School of Social Work about new research that can help treat post-traumatic stress disorder. "Blood biomarkers would allow us to objectively determine whether a service member has brain changes associated with PTSD," he says. "Further, we could use blood biomarkers as indicators of recovery as well as ongoing mental health status. The discovery of a blood biomarker for PTSD would revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD."
November 4, 2013
Salon ran an excerpt from a new book by Vern Bengston of the USC School of Social Work about the relationship between Millennials and religion. "Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down Across Generations" touches on the many factors that have put younger Americans off of religion. "One factor has to do with demographic changes: Today's young adults marry and have children later than their predecessors and also enter the workforce later, extending the life cycle phase (the college years) when religious attachment tends to wane," Bengston said.
Pomerado News featured a men's health and wellness expo organized by the USC School of Social Work's San Diego Academic Center. "Historically, most social work has focused on women, so the center wants to raise awareness about men's social work and health," said Jennifer Parga, the center's recruitment coordinator.
October 28, 2013
Korea Daily featured the USC School of Social Work's Network of Korean-American Leaders Fellowship Program, which hosted its fifth annual summit. More than 200 first and second generation Korean-American professionals attended to hear stories of success from leaders in the Korean-American community. SBS (South Korea) also covered the story.
Phys.org Science News Wire
October 23, 2013
This Phys.org Science News Wire mentioned the USC School of Social Work has been named a Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work to address the needs of a growing older adult population. "The USC School of Social Work has been developing programs of research and community outreach through our Roybal Institute on Aging for the past five years," Dean Marilyn Flynn said. "With the deeply welcomed opportunity to establish a Hartford Academic Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work, we will now be able to build a powerful curriculum in this area, add to community capacity for serving older people, and introduce innovative technologies for teaching and learning".
The Chronicle of Social Change
October 22, 2013
The Chronicle of Social Change quoted Wendy Smith and Jacquelyn McCroskey of the USC School of Social Work about Trojan Guardian Scholars, a new program that provides guidance to USC students who have previously been in foster care. "It can be intimidating to think about coming to USC, but hopefully this will lessen that for foster youth", Smith said.
October 21, 2013
The Daily Trojan quoted Wendy Smith and Jacquelyn McCroskey of the USC School of Social Work about Trojan Guardian Scholars, a new program that provides guidance to USC students who have previously been in foster care. "It is so difficult to do well in school when you are coping with family problems or moving back and forth between foster care placements", McCroskey said.
Christian Science Monitor
October 17, 2013
Christian Science Monitor quoted Ron Astor of the USC School of Social Work about bullying prevention programs in America. "Americans want a quick fix, and behavior that is so socially and emotionally based does not lend itself to that", Astor said. "Raising 'awareness' about the problem has been a crucial component in other countries' efforts to bring about positive change. An emphasis on educating the whole person, rather than focusing solely on academic achievement, has resulted in significant and measurable decreases in bullying behavior."
October 13, 2013
Al Jazeera interviewed Ron Avi Astor of the USC School of Social Work about a school shooting in Nevada.
October 11, 2013
Julie Cederbaum of the USC School of Social Work was quoted in a NBC Today.com story about a Native American child's custody case between her biological father and her adoptive parents. "The biggest challenge for the girl will be readjusting to the changed environment, because even though she had lived with the adoptive parents, she may not remember them well", she said.
October 11, 2013
HealthDay quoted Susan Lindau of the USC School of Social Work about mental health benefits under the Affordable Care Act. "Parity has been written into the law so mental health coverage ostensibly should be much easier to access," she said.
Alla Branzburg, an adjunct professor at the USC School of Social Work, was quoted in the Tallahassee Democrats "Your Health" magazine about imposter syndrome. "I tell them (clients) that if you believe your success is the result of random luck, then maybe you can see that your success is really your destiny. And only true and strong people are courageous enough to meet their destiny", she said.
October 2, 2013
ABC News Harrisburg, Penn. affiliate WHTM-TV featured Marleen Wong of the USC School of Social Work about school safety. The story noted she helped schools create crisis and recovery programs after the Oklahoma City bombings. Wong said that after a crisis, educators need to know how to help children deal with mental trauma, since they often don't know how to express their complex feelings. "They may not be able to put it into words, but we can see changes in their behavior," she said.
September 29, 2013
Doni Whitsett's forthcoming essay "Why Cults Are Harmful: Neurobiological Speculations on Interpersonal Trauma" was mentioned in the Huffington Post as part of increasing evidence that suggests experiencing trauma, which affects brain structure and function, may better account for maladaptive behavior, such as persevering in actions that continue to produce painful outcomes, than psychological models, e.g., the person unconsciously "wants" pain and suffering.
September 24, 2013
KPCC-FM interviewed Julie Cederbaum of the USC School of Social Work about children posting online confessions on the Internet. “It’s very normative to make our feelings public. This is what peers are doing. Young people don’t think about long-term consequences,” she said. “Where parents can intervene and where we need to do work is in this delay between the making and the posting (of videos).
Mental Health Weekly
September 23, 2013
Maria Aranda was quoted in Mental Health Weekly about a new literature review in Psychiatric Times that suggests older Latinos with depression are more persistently ill than non-Hispanic white older adults. "Many people chalk up an older person's depression as symptomatic of them getting older. That's typically not the case. Depression is not a normal part of aging", she said.
September 20, 2013
Glendale News-Press featured USC School of Social Work graduate students who are counseling high school and middle school students in Glendale. Three USC School of Social Work students led a successful pilot program last year. This year, 13 interns will assist counseling staff at area high schools. “You really have a cost-effective way of providing solid services to our students so they can be best prepared,” said school board President Nayiri Nahabedian.
September 19, 2013
Pasadena Star-News mentioned that USC School of Social Work student Sarah Epstein is interning with the Pasadena Unified School District. She recently participated in “Student Recovery Day" in which school staff visited the homes of absent students.
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