Vol. 2, Issue 3 | January 2015

As the mental health needs continue to grow for greater numbers of service members and veterans returning to communities, researchers at the USC School of Social Work are studying how to use the latest in technological advancements to prepare behavioral health providers to effectively treat these military-impacted populations. The Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) received a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study whether technology (i.e., 3-D avatar animation and mobile apps) are effective at training graduate students and professional clinicians and therapists. Read more


Amy and Chuck Spielman have donated $20,000 each year for the past three years to support the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families' work in improving the transition of veterans into their communities. The Spielmans' gifts stem from a long-lasting interest that Chuck, himself a Vietnam veteran, has had with the military. Read more

The Los Angeles County Veterans Study found that about 40 percent of veterans were in need of legal assistance. As a response, the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, along with the Veteran Legal Institute, held a workshop to train about 40 lawyers on the latest resources available to help veterans. Read more

The U-T San Diego recently profiled a new community-based program in San Diego County designed to help active duty service members prepare for civilian life before they leave the military. Five USC Master of Social Work students are interning as 'navigators' with zero8hundred, where they will be able to connect service members and military families with resources and further information about their transition. Read more

USC visiting scholar Eyal Fructher, a colonel and former head of the Israel Defense Forces mental health division, will launch a mentoring group for mental health officers and clinicians working with military populations. An extension of a successful program in Israel, this group will review case studies to improve job skills and treatments for service members. Read more


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