Admiral Michael G. Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Visits USC

Published: June 15, 2010
Category: News

Admiral Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the principal military advisor to the president, the secretary of defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council, visited the USC School of Social Work on Friday. While there, he was treated to a demonstration of ICT’s virtual patient, Lt. Rocko, which is going to be used to help train future social workers in clinical interviewing and diagnostic skills related to issues involving military personnel, veterans and their families.  The virtual patient and other ICT-developed technologies, including providing virtual reality therapy for treating post-traumatic stress, are to be part of the curriculum of the USC School of Social Work’s specialization in military social work and veteran services.  The new program is designed to prepare social workers and other trained mental health professionals to help the nation’s armed forces personnel, military veterans and their families manage the pressures of military life and post-war adjustments. After the demonstration, the School of Social Work and the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families hosted Admiral Mullen in a town hall meeting at Town and Gown.
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