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CIR director discusses value of military social work

By |March 29th, 2018|

March is Social Work Month and Carl Castro, associate professor and director of the Military and Veterans Programs at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, discusses what makes the USC military social work program so unique and why it’s important—now more than ever—to keep building the ranks of behavioral health providers with competent individuals who can effectively treat service members, veterans and their families.


Below are some highlights from the audio:
On the importance of military social work after almost two decades of conflict:
Seventeen years. Millions of service members is what we’re talking about and we are nowhere even meeting […]

Research Articles

By |February 5th, 2016|

Visiting scholar brings international focus to military transition issues

By |February 4th, 2016|

by Claudia Bustamante

Struggling to translate military skillsets for the civilian workplace and developing an identity outside the military are not transitional challenges unique to American veterans.

In an exchange of ideas that could promote the well-being of all veterans—regardless of nationality—David Pedlar, research director at Veterans Affairs Canada, joined the USC School of Social Work as a Fulbright visiting research chair in military social work.

Pedlar’s semester-long appointment with the school’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families will focus on conducting research and gathering best practices on improving transition from military service to civilian life for veterans. He […]