Vol. 3, October 2016

The grand opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC celebrated a vision aimed at bringing the highest quality of mental health care to Los Angeles' veterans and military families. The downtown Los Angeles clinic was made possible by a $15.7 million grant from Cohen through his nonprofit Cohen Veterans Network and will offer free care to veterans and their families who are suffering from post-traumatic stress, mood disorders, substance abuse and other mental health issues. It is a partnership between the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.  Read more
More than 200 statewide leaders recently met to discuss how to make California the most veteran-friendly state in the nation. The "State of the American Veteran in California" conference was organized by the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work to explore and design actions to address the most pressing issues facing veterans today. Read more

NATO may be close to creating a research task group dedicated to the study and prevention of sexual violence in the military. Sara Kintzle, research assistant professor at CIR, participated in a three-day meeting in Bucharest, Romania, in September to explore the possibility of researching sexual harassment, stalking and assault in the military. Other countries represented were Canada, Croatia, Germany, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Read more

Members of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work participated in a military social work conference in Seoul, South Korea. Hosted by Yonsei University, the focus of the Sept. 28-29 event was an expert-level discussion and exchange on the theme of violence and suicides among military forces. Read more

PTSD Clinicians Exchange is a clinician-centered website that focuses on best practicies for assessment and treatment of PTSD in military service members and veterans. The study, funded by the Department of Defense, is recruiting participants to evaluate the new resource. Learn more


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