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.
A Child Life Specialist graduate student engages with a young boy.

child life, child mental health, counseling and family sciences

Child Life facilitates pediatric brain and spine tumor support group

The Pediatric Brain and Spine Tumor Support Group provides emotional support and functions as a bridge between the medical and emotional needs of the patients and their families. The group was initiated by Dr. Tanya Minasian, Loma Linda University Children's Health neurosurgeon, and is facilitated by the SBH Child Life Specialist MS program and clinical directors, child life specialist graduate students, and doctoral psychology students. During the group, the children and their caregivers are divided into two groups.
SBH alumni enjoy a mixer during LLUH Homecoming 2019

alumni, events, homecoming

SBH alumni enjoy Homecoming mixer

A special mixer for alumni from the School of Behavioral Health was held on February 28 during Loma Linda University Health’s annual Homecoming weekend. Hosted in the Department of Psychology, alumni, faculty, and family turned out to enjoy a photo booth, a variety of door prizes (including a pen ink drawing by Dr. Beverly Buckles as well as hand turned pottery and a pen by Professor Terry Forrester), as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres and hot beverages. Dr.
March is Child Life Month

child life, counseling and family sciences, global service

March is Child Life Month!

The Child Life Specialist program has a bunch of exciting activities planned in celebration of Child Life Month! March 1 The program has been invited to attend Education Hour with the Child Life staff at Loma Linda University Children's Health. Allie's Helping Hands, a program that helps siblings of chronically ill children, will be presenting. March 6 Students will be volunteering at the annual Children's Day event through LLUCH at the Drayson Center. March 8 Faculty and students will be running the Child Life program's annual Teddy Bear Clinic, whic
Lori Delagrammatikas

alumni, social work

Alumni Update: Lori Delagrammatikas, MSW

One of the major shifts occurring in the United States is the aging of our population. It's projected that within just a couple of decades older people will outnumber children for the first time. By the year 2035, there will be approximately 78 million people aged 65 years and older. Department of Social Work and Social Ecology alumna Lori Delagrammatikas has long recognized the importance of providing needed services to seniors, particularly in the area of protective services.
Mental Health Pipeline Program

grant, mental health, social work

Announcing the Mental Health Pipeline Program!

The chances of you or someone you know being impacted by mental health challenges are very high. According to Mental Health America, 18% of adults in the United States have a mental health condition. That’s one out of five people--or over 43 million Americans. In addition, nearly half are also struggling with substance abuse. However, about 9 million people report having an unmet need. In California specifically, over 65% of people struggling with a mental health challenge are not getting the resources they need.