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Alumni Feature: Ashley Ingram Hutchinson, MSW

When I made the choice to come to Loma Linda University, I knew that being in a practicum that was exclusively clinical was important to me. I also knew that I wanted to work in a psychiatric facility. The first time I met Professor Forrester, he explained what options I had after getting to know more about the sort of social worker that I wanted to be. He immediately recommended that I interview at the LLU Murrieta Campus Behavioral Medicine Center when he realized how much I loved psychotherapy.
Dr. Adam Aréchiga talks with alumna Tori Dang in Riverside


Summer alumni meetups held at Starbucks

The School of Behavioral Health recently hosted three alumni meetings at Starbucks locations in the Inland Empire. These meetings provided an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with one another, network, and hear the latest information about events occurring within the School and the broader University. Just a few of the updates included the publication of the first SBH alumni magazine, the development of an integrated field placement in Samoa, major research projects within the departments, and the addition of new faculty.
Phi Alpha students deliver laundry gift baskets to Inland Housing Solutions

Phi Alpha Iota Pi, homelessness, social work

Iota Pi donates laundry gift baskets to families in transition

Promoting the social work core value of service, the Phi Alpha Honor Society, Iota Pi Chapter's finale for the academic year was the "Laundry Gift Basket" project benefiting homeless families transitioning into permanent housing. Members of the Honor Society were aware that the cost of obtaining household essentials was prohibitive for many homeless families, so Phi Alpha partnered with Inland Housing Solutions (formerly known as Inland Temporary Homes) to provide some needed items.
Dr. Viola Lindsey at her retirement reception


Three esteemed faculty retire

At the end of the 2017-18 academic year, three gifted and long-standing School of Behavioral Health faculty retired: Dr. Douglas Huenergardt and Dr. Cheryl Simpson, both Professors in the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences, and Dr. Viola Lindsey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology. Dr. Simpson has served the University for over 38 years and Dr. Huenergardt for over 18 years.
H. J. Lee

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Psychology students present at WPA

In late April, several of Dr. Holly Morrell's students presented a poster on problematic video game use at the annual Western Psychological Association (WPA) conference in Portland, Oregon. Student and first author Hyo Jin Lee summarizes its significance: "Problematic video game use (PVGU), or addiction-like use of video games, is associated with negative physical and mental health problems as well as problems in social and occupational functioning. However, studies on video games in general, and PVGU more specifically, are few in number.
Social Work students Sophia Williams, Tori Dang, and Leslie Bautista

Stand Up to Stigma 5K, mental health

SBH participates in Stand Up to Stigma 5K Walk/Run

Last weekend, the School of Behavioral Health contributed as a sponsor to the Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center's 2nd annual Stand Up to Stigma 5K Walk/Run, on May 20, 2018.
Nancy Wu with a patient in the Children's Hospital

China, child life, counseling and family sciences

First student enrolls in Healthcare Experiences Training Program

In Fall 2017, a new educational and training Child Life program was opened to pediatric nurses from the People’s Republic of China. The program was a result of a four-year series of educational exchanges between the Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health, Child Life Specialist Program, and The Children’s Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine (ZUCH). Xiaohua (Nancy) Wu, was the first student to enroll in a new six-month program designed to improve healthcare experiences for children and their families.
Faculty talk with alumni

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Second annual LLUH One Homecoming

The second annual LLUH One Homecoming was held earlier this month, celebrating alumni from Loma Linda University’s eight schools as well as other members of our LLUH community. As part of the larger, campus-wide event, the School of Behavioral Health held a fun-filled evening of entertainment from the well-known Christian illusionist Danny Ray, who has performed throughout the United States and the world. The event kicked off with a light dinner followed by Mr. Ray's performance. Many of the alumni brought their children to enjoy the show, and several were called to participate with Mr.
SBH students and faculty with Mayor Bailey of Riverside, CA.

Phi Alpha Iota Pi, homelessness, poverty, social work, violence

Department of Social Work and Social Ecology hosts local mayors

In October, the Phi Alpha Honor Society, Iota Pi Chapter, had the pleasure of presenting a poster board on community engagement at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) conference via Zoom. The main goal of the Honor Society for the academic year was to "fully embrace the systems approach in social work, by impacting its community on a macro-practice level." Typically, the chapter hosts various members of social service agencies for the presentation of their ideas and words of wisdom to the students.