Course Content

One of the distinctive features of the MSW@USC is the high-quality course content provided through engaging videos that brings to life social work theory. Our professionally produced case studies can help you visually experience a “client’s” full range of emotions, for instance, making learning more tangible and accessible. Or, watching someone model practice skills may be easier to understand with a visual demonstration. Supplementing materials presented in a textbook and lectures with video can truly enhance discussion in the live online classroom by offering real-world examples, illustrating key concepts and inspiring students to revisit ideas outside of class.

Human Development and Mental Health

This video features case studies specific to clients in mental health settings. Guest lecturer Dan Siegel discusses the importance of the brain and neural connections in helping people with mental health problems.

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Advanced Theories and Clinical Interventions with Children and Adolescents

In this video, USC professor Wendy Smith explains the importance of early attachments in childhood and how these attachments impact later relationships, development and adaptation.

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Loss, Grief and Bereavement

This video features vignettes of case studies showing the role social workers play in working with clients who are suffering loss due to traumatic events and chronic or terminal illnesses.

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Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

USC professors explain how behaviors affect our environments in this video, which also offers case studies of clients struggling with behavioral disorders.

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Motivational Interviewing

This video features USC professors explaining motivational interviewing, and demonstrating how students will learn to use it with clients as part of their Virtual Field Practicum as well as throughout the entire curriculum.

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