13 05, 2015

USC Military Social Work Voices

By |May 13th, 2015|News, Students|0 Comments

This spring, about 350 students will graduate from the USC School of Social Work’s military specialization, the first of its kind at a major research university. Since its inception in 2009, more than 1,000 students have gone through the program, which aims to prepare students on the unique challenges facing active-duty military, veterans and their families. Hear from three of the most recent graduates on where their degree will take them next.
Kevin Benitez, MSW ’15

Manny Lopez, MSW ’15

Joshua Borer, MSW ’15

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12 05, 2015

Veterans’ lack of preparation creates employment challenges

By |May 12th, 2015|News, Research|0 Comments

A lack of preparation and unaddressed health issues have created some of the biggest challenges facing veterans searching for civilian employment, according to a new USC report.

Exploring the Economic and Employment Challenges Facing U.S. Veterans by the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families outlines the findings of a qualitative study of Volunteers of America’s (VOA) programs aimed at helping veterans find and keep jobs. The report is based on a review of the academic and think tank literature on the subject, along with interviews with VOA service providers and veteran clients.

Service providers and veterans both […]

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8 05, 2015

MSW alumna appointed to California Veterans Board

By |May 8th, 2015|News|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

Gena Truitt is a social worker with unique perspectives.

The Navy veteran and USC School of Social Work alumna works at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System in San Bernardino County, where she interacts directly with veterans as a homeless outreach social worker.

Aside from this personal interaction with veterans, Truitt, MSW ’12, is also one of the few people with the opportunity to improve the role played by the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs, also known as CalVet, in the day-to-day lives of veterans. Last year, Truitt was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the California Veterans […]

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1 05, 2015

Gallery: Social Work professors discuss new veteran supports

By |May 1st, 2015|Events, News|0 Comments

On Saturday, April 18, Clinical Associate Professor Kimberly Finney moderated a panel discussion on how to better support veterans’ mental health, looking at new approaches drawn from scholarship and clinical experience. Held during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, “Coming Home: New Approaches to Supporting Our Veterans” also included Clinical Associate Professor Eugenia Weiss, co-editor of Supporting Veterans in Higher Education: A Primer for Administrators, Faculty and Advisors, and Clinical Assistant Professor Kristen Zaleski, whose new book, Rape and Roll Call: Understanding and Treating Military Sexual Trauma, focuses on the epidemic of sexual violence in the military.

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30 03, 2015

California teens from military families at higher risk of suicidal behaviors

By |March 30th, 2015|News, Research|0 Comments

Study Suggests Need for Increased Screening
California adolescents from military families are more likely than non-military youth to think about, plan and attempt suicide, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Southern California and Bar Ilan University in Israel.

Military-connected teens are also at a higher risk of requiring medical care because of a suicide attempt, according to the study, which appears in the journal European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

The findings suggest a need for more screening for suicidality, especially among military-connected adolescents by physicians, mental health professionals and educators.

“Primary health care providers, mental health providers, schools and […]

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