OCAC Newsletter

December issue

Director's Corner-A Message From Dr. EPH

I hope you each had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends and enjoyed the brief respite from classes. Thank you to the students, their family members and staff who volunteered to assist with the annual Thanksgiving meal served at the Mental Health Association. Whether it was donating food, money, buying the items for the meal, preparing the meal or serving the meal, all of these acts of kindness were greatly appreciated. Thanks for your generosity of time and service.

Congratulations on the completion of classes for fall 2014 semester. Through the fears, tears, doubts, regrets, sleepless nights and long study sessions, you made it! Now off to final papers and exams. As you prepare for your finals, thanks to the OCAC Student Wellness Committee for arranging brief massages to relieve some of the stress. Go to http://doodle.com/im2eqwtfgm7pk6xk to reserve your time. If you sign up, it is important that you arrive as scheduled or contact Gina Fu at hsuehfu@usc.edu in order that your name can be removed from the list to allow access for another student.

Since we are near the end of the semester, this will be the final newsletter for 2014. Thanks to all of the student leaders who have planned many of the events throughout the semester and worked so hard to assure a successful semester for all students. Many thanks to Kathy Lee, OCAC Secretary for all of her efforts in creating the OCAC Newsletter.

Have a wonderful winter break and a Happy New Year!

You Must be the Change You Wish to See in the World.~ Gandhi

Fight On!

Dr. Pringle-Hornsby

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

Dates to Remember:

Classes End -- Fri, Dec. 5
Study Days -- Sat, Dec. 6 - Tue, Dec. 9
Exams -- Wed, Dec. 10 - Wed, Dec. 17
Winter Recess -- Thu, Dec. 18 - Sun, Jan. 11

Field Resumes -- Mon, Jan. 5
Classes Begin -- Mon, Jan. 12

Extended OCAC Hours for Finals (Dec. 1-12):

Monday-Thursday 8:30am-11pm

Friday 8:30am-10pm

Saturday 8:30am-5:30pm

Sunday 10am-6pm

Staff Spotlight - Dr. Kristen Zaleski

Dr. Kristen Zaleski is currently a faculty member at the Orange County Academic Center School of Social Work. She teaches both foundation year and concentration year students. You will most likely find her teaching her Health concentration students or working on the next research study, both of which she has a true passion for. Dr. Zaleski has had many accomplishments in her life, and her most recent is a book she recently published titled, Rape and Roll Call: Understanding and Treating Military Sexual Trauma. She decided to publish this book because she wanted to give a voice to all the men and women she has known to feel helpless in the wake of sexual trauma. Dr. Zaleski had been a sexual assault counselor for over a decade with both civilian and military survivors of sexual violence, with which she had vicarious trauma.

Soon after she finished her dissertation on women who became pregnant from military rape, she decided to quit her job because she felt she could not speak honestly about the sexual victimization while working for the federal government.

She realized from her work as a sexual assault counselor that her vicarious trauma was becoming severe when she began to feel helpless to advocate and change a broken system. After recognizing this, she knew completing her dissertation and publishing this book was going to help her overcome the helplessness she felt about sitting back and doing nothing.

Dr. Zaleski shared that there is too much silence that surrounds us on issues of sexual violence. She wants to be a part of the chorus for change.

Her training in trauma, neurobiology, and attachment help frame this issue in a unique way and she hopes that her writing helps other trauma clinicians to understand this issue in a different way.

OCAC Merchandise For Sale!

New merchandise just in -- stainless steel travel mugs and reusable bags that fold up to save space and carry up to 40 lbs! Get 'em while they're hot!

We accept cash or credit card for your convenience!

NASW End of the Year Meeting: Grief and Loss During the Holidays (2.5 CEU Training)

Topic: Facing Grief and Loss During the Holidays: Helping Your Clients to Cope During This Time

Presenter: Richard Bautzer, LMFT

Richard Bautzer is the founder and executive director of BBK. His agency is a community-based private practice that provides psychotherapeutic services for people of all ages, couples, and families.

Where: OCAC
When: Saturday, Dec. 13th from 9am-12pm

Cost: Free for students, $10 for NASW members, $20 for non-members

RSVP to Dr. Pringle-Hornsby, OC Unit Chair, at pringleh@usc.edu.


NASW is also collecting toiletry donations (soap, toothbrush & toothpaste, shampoo) for Mercy House Emergency Shelter. Please see Dr. Pringle-Hornsby for details.


Save the Date -- OC Unit Meetings for Spring 2015:

Jan. 24th: 9am-12pm NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies

Mar. 14th: Social Work Month

May 2nd: 9am-12pm

FREE Help. Who Doesn't Like That?

We want you to think of Perspectives as the “Everyday Assistance People.” Our student assistance program (SAP) provides support, counseling and resources for life issues that can take a toll on your emotional well being or take time away from the things you value most, like school and family. Our services are confidential, no cost to you and available when you need them!

Confidential And No Cost

We know that confidentiality and costs are important to you. That’s why we offer CONFIDENTIAL assistance to students and their families. Your personal information is not disclosed to anyone unless you provide written consent or as required by law. In addition, Perspectives SAP services are provided at NO COST to you. USC Social of Social Work Orange County Academic Center provides Perspectives SAP as a benefit because they value you. If we refer you to an outside resource for additional support, we'll advise you about potential costs and whether they may be covered by your insurance.

On the website you will find valuable information about the following areas:
  • Aging
  • Parenting
  • Living
  • Balancing
  • Working
  • International
  • Thriving

Register to attend an upcoming online webinar:

Just call 800.456.6327 or login to www.perspectivesltd.com with your username, OAC501 and password, perspectives to learn more or get started.

Global Violence Against Women Military Sexual Trauma

Brought to you by the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County | www.vpcoc.org


Jennifer Claussen-Bridges

Former Marine

MSW Candidate 2014 at USC

Kate Majewski, J.D., MSW

Kristen Zaleski, Ph.D., LCSW

Clinical Assistant Professor

USC - School of Social Work

Friday, December 5, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Sisters of St. Joseph, Auditorium Lounge

480 S. Batavia Street, Orange, CA 92868

Click here for directions.

Please RSVP by email (Christine@vpcoc.org) or by calling 714-966-4439.

Thank You to Our MHA Event Volunteers!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the MHA Thanksgiving Event! It was a great day of serving!


Another very big thank you to Professor Peterson for baking all the potatoes for our second baked potato sale!

Think Well, Be Well

Have an idea for a wellness activity for next semester? Drop your idea in the Suggestion Box in the Student Lounge!

The Wellness Committee & OC Caucus wish you a safe and happy holiday!

Lost and Found

Did you lose or misplace something? Did you find something and want to return it to its owner? Come by the staff office to claim or drop off items!

Have Something to Contribute?

Look for this newsletter at the beginning of every month! If you or your caucus have any upcoming events or announcements to add in the next issue, please email lee704@usc.edu with the subject line "OCAC Newsletter".

USC School of Social Work, Orange County Caucus

Director: Dr. Elizabeth Pringle-Hornsby

Co-Chairs: Kae Saelee & Christine Featherstone

Community Chair: Mallorie Sanchez

Treasurer: Claudia Valdivia

Secretary: Katherine Lee

Foundation Year Rep: Sarah McClellan

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