Celia with a child in Peru

alumni, social work

Honoring our social workers

During the month of March, I would like to celebrate our world's social workers. Many of us come into our field eager to help others and do our part to support, assist, and empower those who need us. Many times, we are in the trenches of the field, helping those without resources, knowledge, support, or linkage. We strive to get their needs met or obtain the change they require to have the quality of life and dignity we all deserve. We are warriors of change.
man counseling teenager

teen mental health

Nonsuicidal Self-Injury (NSSI)

Multiple terms have been used to describe self-harming behaviors, such as deliberate self-harm, self-injurious behavior, nonsuicidal self-injury, and self-mutilation. Although definitions vary, most describe self-harm as behaviors that are intentional, direct, have a non-fatal outcome, and may include behaviors such as self-cutting, burning, punching and hitting, jumping from a height, bone breaking, skin picking, and biting. Distinctions are made between self-harm with or without suicidal intent.
SBH research website preview


SBH launches research website

Dear SBH Family, I wanted to introduce you to an exciting new project that we have been working on over the past year. Many of you have noted that we know too little about each other's research. And this could not be more true. This led us to work with our faculty to design the new School of Behavioral Health research website.
Dr. Inez Beverly Prosser and Dr. Francis Sumner

Drs. Prosser & Sumner: Behavioral Health Pioneers

Inez Beverly Prosser, PhD Inez Beverly Prosser, PhD, was the first African American woman to receive her doctoral degree in psychology. Dr. Prosser was born in Texas in 1895. After graduating from high school, she completed a teaching certification and taught in the segregated Texas school system. She received her bachelor of arts degree in education in 1924 and her master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Colorado. She then accepted faculty and administrative positions.
Sad boy at desk

covid19, psychology

The Impact of COVID-19 on Vulnerable Youth

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the lives of vulnerable youth and their families. Homes are overcrowded, parents need to stay home to care for children attending online classes, and there is great concern for lack of basic necessities. This is especially true for vulnerable youth and their families, with reports of disproportionate risk for food insecurity, as well as poor academic, emotional, and social outcomes. Dr.
Child Life Specialist MS student Krista Schafer sits in a hospital playroom

child life, counseling and family sciences, students

Child Life Specialist students fill the gaps during COVID-19

The year 2020 has been full of challenges that have stretched us and encouraged greater collaboration between the University and the Hospital. When COVID-19 hit, we jointly watched as our students were pulled from their clinical placements and the Loma Linda University Children's Health Child Life Department experienced the loss of volunteers and intermittent furloughs.
Jaime Moran, MS, CCLS stands next to her poster

alumni, child life, research

Child Life Specialist alumna presents at North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference

As a Child Life Specialist, I'm always prepared to explain my role and rationalize the need for Child Life interventions in the medical journeys of pediatric patients. Our role is not always easily understood. In fact, Child Life services remain widely unknown around the globe. Awareness of the psychosocial needs of pediatric patients continues to increase, and active areas for growth and use of the field include Asia and the Middle East.
woman using laptop outdoors

covid19, dean's message

Tuition rates held steady for 2021-22 academic year

Tuition for all degree and certificate programs in the School of Behavioral Health will be held steady at current rates for the 2021-22 academic year. The decision to hold tuition steady is in direct response to the economic challenges that individuals and families are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than ever before, people all over the world are becoming aware of the importance of mental health as an essential part of wellness.
CFS Student Wellness Committee

counseling and family sciences, students

Sharing Vision for Student Community and Wellness in Counseling & Family Sciences

We have all been navigating loss, disrupted rhythms, and uncertainty in 2020. At the start of shelter-in-place, I cancelled travel plans to be a bridesmaid in a close friend's wedding and attended my first wedding via Zoom instead. That same week, I found out that LLU was going entirely online. This was only the beginning of a new normal. In this space, many of us find ourselves searching for home base. My spring break exchanges with Dr.