In the Media, April 2012

Field Educator
April 2012
Elizabeth Pringle-Hornsby was interviewed for Field Educator about the field learning component in accredited online MSW programs. “One of the things we have implemented for all foundation year students is training in motivational interviewing as an evidence-based practice,” she said, noting the training is done for both on-campus and online students. “It is an eight-hour training conducted over the course of three weeks, using live discussions, role-playing and technology. Videotaped role-plays are used so that students actually have a visual of each motivational interviewing step. They’re able to practice and have access to the course information throughout the remainder of the semester,” Pringle-Hornsby said. “We feel this has been a great addition that helps to prepare students for their entry into field and supports their learning needs.”

San Bernardino Sun
April 25, 2012
An opinion piece written by MSW student Delores Abdella Combs was published in the San Bernardino Sun about the bill proposed by California Assemblywoman Norma Torres to limit public access to 911 calls that contain medical information. Combs argues that 911 calls need to remain in the public domain to help expose gaps in emergency response. If privacy is achieved at the expense of transparency, patients will be worse off in the long run, she writes.

Huffington Post
April 17, 2012
USC School of Social Work graduate student Rocio Martinez was quoted in a Huffington Post story about Hispanic organizations working to register Latino voters, including Voto Latino, which targets Latino youth activists who met in Los Angeles this past weekend. “This event fits perfectly with how I want to promote and help my community. I want to get as much information and resources as I can to bring back to my community on how to [register to] vote.”

Addiction Professional
April 11, 2012
The USC School of Social Work’s web-based master’s program was featured in Addiction Professional, which highlighted Margaret Fetting’s teaching experience in the virtual classroom to illustrate the benefits of online education and help shatter the myths associated with distance learning. Fetting said allowing students to review an hour and 15 minutes of “asynchronous” pre-class material online and then participate in a class of equal duration online makes a great deal more sense than having them sit through a three-hour lecture. “That’s the way the human mind learns,” she said. The article also mentioned she was pleasantly surprised that most of what is achieved in a traditional classroom setting can be duplicated online. “It takes some time, but you can create an emotional climate in the room,” she said. “The only thing that is different is that [student] participation is really important online. In class, if I have someone who doesn’t like to talk, I can make eye contact with them in order to engage them. That’s a little difficult online, so I’m assertive about participation.”

Business Insider
April 11, 2012
The USC School of Social Work was mentioned in a story about the transformation of postsecondary education using the Internet. Paul Maiden was interviewed about the MSW@USC program, which officially launched in October 2010 and now has 1,200 enrolled students from across the country and internationally. “Highly qualified students can pursue a top-tier education that might not otherwise be available to them in their own communities,” Maiden said, adding that a highly interactive instructional platform that offers a social, Facebook-like environment enables students and professors to interact closely, despite the distance.

The Register-Guard
April 11, 2012
An opinion piece written by MSW@USC student Sarah Stauffer was published in the Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.) about potential changes to the services provided to Eugene’s homeless population, including what her internship at ShelterCare has taught her about fixing the underlying causes of homelessness. Rather than funding a new homeless encampment that would have to be built from the ground up, it would be more effective to direct our scarce resources to established programs and agencies that have a track record of success, she wrote. These programs have been working with the homeless population for many years and know what works and what doesn’t. Providing funding to expand their services could allow them to reach the many people in Eugene that are still in need of housing.

CBS News
April 7, 2012
Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV featured the military social work program at the USC School of Social Work, which is training individuals how to help soldiers deal with post-traumatic stress disorder after they return home from war. The story highlighted Orange County MSW students Kristen Spence, Paul Richardson and Mike Metal. “In 2009, we began this program with a handful of students, and it has exploded since then,” said Leslie Wind, who was identified as director of the USC School of Social Work in Orange County. She added that social work is commonly misperceived as only child and family welfare, but therapy and counseling as preventative steps are critical to what they do. The military social work concentration gives students an option to serve a special population -- those who have served us, she said.

New York Times
April 6, 2012
Wendy Smith Meyer was mentioned in a story about the women in Hollywood power couples holding their own.  She was identified as a psychotherapist and adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, who works with the United Friends of the Children charity.

CBS News
April 2, 2012
Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV featured research by Sonya Negriff on whether social media promotes risky teen behavior. Negriff has received a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study whether teens are influenced to drink or engage in risky sexual behavior based on encouragement from their Facebook and Twitter friends. “Things that you do, or you say that you do online, you have to do those same things in person in order to keep up that persona that you’ve built for yourself online,” she said.

Chronicle of Higher Education
April 2, 2012
A story highlighted the online graduate program at the USC School of Social Work developed by 2tor. The story noted 2tor's big investments pay for Web platforms that allow students to attend online classes with their professors in real time while another portion of the money bankrolls the company's course videos, which feature production values closer to documentary films than lo-fi YouTube clips.

LA Weekly
April 2, 2012
A story mentions Sonya Negriff is using a $667,852 career development grant from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development to study if the likes of Facebook encourage teens to engage in "risky activities."