Dr. Maya Boustani and her family participate in the 5K

Stand Up to Stigma 5K, mental health, mental health month

SBH helps sponsor 3rd annual Stand Up to Stigma 5K Walk/Run

Loma Linda University’s third annual Stand Up to Stigma 5K Walk/Run was held on May 19, with all proceeds benefitting the construction of a new therapeutic outdoor space at the Behavioral Medicine Center. Unlike previous years when the weather was quite warm, the event this year saw temperatures in the 50s—and a light sprinkle. But that didn’t stop hundreds of participants from enjoying the day! As one of the event sponsors, the School of Behavioral Health hosted a booth to help promote careers in behavioral health. Dr.
LLU Child Life Specialist MS students and faculty at the Pony Clinic

Pony Clinic, child life, child mental health

Growing by Leaps and Bounds

Providing Health Care Play for Children and Siblings in a Pediatric Therapy Setting On April 8, students and clinical supervisors from the Child Life Specialist MS program provided their first ever "Pony Clinic" at Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy in Norco, CA. This unique pediatric therapy setting provides a variety of services, including physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Hippotherapy (the use of horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment), adaptive riding, and horsemanship activities are utilized.
Therapist with patient and her family

mental health, mental health month, suicide

May is Mental Health Month!

The School of Behavioral Health at Loma Linda University has long recognized the importance of mental health and its impact on the individual, the family, and society. The School has graduated more than 3,000 clinicians who are providing needed care ranging from direct client services to advocacy at local and state levels. Each year, our nation celebrates the importance of mental health through May’s designation as “Mental Health Month.” This tradition began in 1949 through the organization Mental Health America (MHA), and its purpose is to recognize the importance of intervention, dec
Ann Nguyen

psychology, student

Student Spotlight: Ann Nguyen

Bucking Tradition It takes an incredible amount of courage to leave your homeland. Yet that is exactly what Ann Nguyen’s family did when she was only 3½ years of age, leaving Saigon, Vietnam and immigrating to the United States. First the family had to stay in a refugee camp in Thailand before finally journeying to the United States two months later. When they arrived in California, it was a brave new world. Ann spent her early years in the Anaheim area, at first being "bounced" from house to house.
Kelly Baek presents to a group

grant, mental health, social work

Department of Social Work and Social Ecology provides mental health pipeline information meetings

There is a critical shortage in mental health services providers nationally, especially in underserved areas such as rural communities. According to the 2016 Health Affairs report, more than half of the counties in the United States have zero psychiatrists available to provide needed services. In Riverside County, the ratio of psychiatrists to the general population is 5:100,000.
Danielle Huntsman, MSW

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Alumni Feature: Danielle Huntsman, MSW

A Healthy Lifestyle Danielle (Dowling) Huntsman is an alumna of Loma Linda University, having graduated with an MSW in 1999. While in the MSW program she pursued a policy concentration while working full time. As an advanced standing student, she effectively juggled the responsibilities of her academic coursework, field practicum at the Inland AIDS Project, and her full-time job at the Riverside County Public Health department. After receiving her MSW, Danielle continued in her passion and commitment to providing case management and clinical services.
Post-Camp Fire devastation in Paradise, CA.

CRM, Trauma Team, community resilience, recovery

International Behavioral Health Trauma Team teaches resiliency skills in wake of Paradise Camp Fire

On November 8, 2018, Paradise, CA suffered the worst forest fire in California history. Eighty-six individuals tragically lost their lives and over 15,000 structures burned. In total, almost 50,000 people were displaced. The Paradise Adventist Church was destroyed and the Adventist Health Feather River hospital sustained heavy damage. A few months later, the church requested the support of the Loma Linda University International Behavioral Health Trauma Team (LLUIBHTT). Under the leadership of Dr.
Kelly Baek, PhD, MSW

faculty, social work

New Faculty: Kelly Baek, PhD

Dr. Kelly Baek was recently appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology. Dr. Baek was previously a student in the Social Policy and Social Research PhD program, with her doctoral degree awarded in 2018. Her dissertation focused on Korean-American mental health perceptions, the scope of mental distress, and informal and formal help-seeking behavior.
A Child Life Specialist graduate student helps run a teddy bear clinic.

Mexico, child life, counseling and family sciences, global mental health, global service, teddy bear clinic

Child Life in Mexico: Serving with Joy

In February of this year, Director of Clinical Training for the Child Life Specialist Program, Alisha Saavedra, was part of a Students for International Mission Service (SIMS) trip to Baja, Mexico. One of the locations that the SIMS group visited was Door of Faith Orphanage (DOFO) in La Misión. DOFO is an amazing organization that has been providing orphan care for over 50 years. They have grown to be one of the largest orphanages in Baja, caring for approximately one hundred children at any given time.
A young person in the MEND program

MEND, collaboration, counseling and family sciences

MEND implements programming in Chicago

The MEND (Mastering Each New Direction) team, led by Professor of Counseling and Family Sciences Dr. Brian Distelberg and alumnus Dr. Daniel Tapanes, have developed and implemented a program emphasizing mental health integration with chronic illness. MEND began as a collaborative project between the Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center with School of Behavioral Health faculty. The program works with individuals from 8-80 years of age, and its focus is on identifying and coping with internal, external, or relational stressors that are impacting physical condition.