Refugee children in camp

covid19, global mental health, health disparities, refugees

From One Precarious Situation to Another: Refugees and COVID-19

In listening to the stories of refugees—harrowing experiences of escape, family separation, poverty, exposure to war-related atrocities, and immeasurable cultural bereavement seem to be common occurrences. And today refugees face a threat like never before—one that could prove to be more devastating than the political violence forcing them to flee their homelands. That threat is COVID-19. Refugees have been dubbed the most vulnerable people in the world to coronavirus1 given the precarity and uncertainty of the situations they endure.
Homeless man on street

homelessness, social work

How to End Homelessness in the City of Riverside

Social Work Practice and Religiously Affiliated Organizations Social work practice has a long relationship with religiously affiliated organizations (RAOs) and Christian churches, also known as congregational social work (CSW). Regardless of this long relationship, there is a lack of clear practice guidelines for social workers to follow when engaged in CSW. Without a clear path to walk, these social workers are at risk of violating their National Association of Social Work (NASW) code of ethics and exposing themselves to litigation, especially when fulfilling volunteer roles.
Fifth grade students learning resiliency skills

CRM, Sierra Leone, Trauma Team, child mental health, global mental health, global service

Scaling Up Behavioral Health Services in Sierra Leone

I have always enjoyed travelling. I have travelled the world by air, sea, and land--each providing its own unique perspective and experience. Some of my earliest memories are of plane rides, greyhound bus treks, the rhythmic cadence of trains hastening down the track, and cramped road trips across the country. The pleasure and vacation trips were always fun, but what I enjoyed most was travel with a mission and purpose. One of my first trips of this nature was in the early nineties, when as a teenager I travelled to Bucharest, Romania to help build a church.
Professor Kelly Morton, PhD

grant, psychology, scholarships

Celebrating Training Grant Opportunities for SBH Students

Kelly R. Morton, PhD is a Professor of Family Medicine and Psychology at Loma Linda University. She has been a leader in bringing training and research grants to the School of Behavioral Health. These grants aim to both provide opportunities for student funding and enhanced training in health and primary care psychology. We celebrate Dr.
teenage girl

counseling and family sciences, covid19, teen mental health

Supporting Your Teens: Socialization in the Time of Social Distancing

A few weeks ago I was driving home with my three teenage sons--the oldest being 14 and a set of 13-year-old twin boys--from a local edible plant nursery that has stayed open during this COVID-19 crisis. We had gone by to pick up some herb and vegetable plants for the small garden we recently started in the back of our condo. On the way home, one of my boys said, "You know, the thing that I hate most about this pandemic is that I can't hang out with my friends." For many teens, socializing with their friends is a large part of their daily lived experience. From school t
Group of graduates throwing hats at dawn

dean's message, graduation

Dear School of Behavioral Health 2020 Graduates...

I have never been prouder of any group of graduates than I am this year. This final year in your program has included unimaginable circumstances. Yet, in spite of everything, you rose to the challenges and succeeded. Through it all you have demonstrated that you strong and deeply committed to your professions and serving others.
Student researchers Lisa Lares and Nipher Malika

health disparities, mental health, research, social work

Students conduct mental health and prostate cancer health disparities research

Post-incarceration mental health in older adults study: an underexplored other health disparity More than ever, long-term incarcerated older adults are being released into their communities. Many find themselves ill-prepared to function in a society that has changed significantly during their incarceration. As a result, this growing population continues to gain attention as many poorly reintegrate due to their complex physical health, mental health, and social needs.
Sad man looking out window

counseling and family sciences, covid19, mental health

When the world slows down and catches up to you and your grief

In 2001, I was working with families who had a child with cancer in Seattle, WA. It was an emotionally demanding job in which I walked through some very dark times with these families. One such time was during the crisis of September 11. I checked on the families I was working with, worried that a national trauma like this could strip away their remaining resiliency. What I heard from them, though, surprised me.

covid19, health disparities, psychology

Health Disparities and the COVID-19 Pandemic

What are the health disparities associated with COVID-19? Over the past several weeks public health officials and the media have brought to our attention the extensive racial, ethnic, and economic disparities surrounding COVID-19. Black people and American Indians are experiencing the most disproportionate mortality rates. Across the nation, Blacks are 2.4 times more likely to die from COVID-19 as compared to non-Latino Whites and in some states the mortality rate is up to seven times higher.