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.

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.

Spotlight

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.

People

MSW/MBA student Jay Lytton has been tapped by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities for the Los Angeles area. He also serves on Area Board 10 of the same council.

Giving

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.