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boltzdorene 350x350Dorene Boltz, LISW-CP, (’02) loves working with people and helping them deal with trauma they have experienced. As a psychotherapist at Joint Behavioral Health Services at Moncrief Army Community Hospital at Fort Jackson, she works with active duty service members and veterans who have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.

In addition to one-on-one therapy, Boltz conducts several classes for her clients. One of them, Transitioning Warzone Skills, focuses on helping veterans recognize and tone down the survival strategies that have served them well in the warzone, but that are not as needed or helpful in their home lives. Another class, Mindfulness Meditation, teaches clients to regulate their emotions and helps them relax.

Boltz was a non-traditional student who recommends knowing what you want before going to graduate school. She says, “I’m very much in support of non-traditional students. I think in order to do social work, you have to have life experience…a grounding in life before you do what we do.”

Not only did Boltz earn her master’s degree in social work from USC, she has also given back to the college by serving as a guest speaker in a course on military social work and serving as a field instructor for the college’s Field Education Office.

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