MSW@USC Blog


Searching for Jobs Outside the Traditional Social Work Setting

Social workers are finding their skill sets are transferable and valuable in business and nontraditional settings. Learn how to highlight those skills when applying for jobs.

Five Popular Social Work Careers

Social work is one of those careers in which you can truly make a difference in people’s lives. A Master of Social Work degree can open many doors and show others you have not only the knowledge and the skills, but also the compassion and dedication necessary to work in such an important field.

Facing the Fear of Deportation

Regardless of their documentation status, children with undocumented family members are not shielded from living under the constant fear that their loved ones may be taken from them without warning. To better address the needs of families facing mental health challenges, USC partnered with the Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles to create a first-of-its-kind mental health counseling program which offers free services on site for clients regardless of immigration status.

How to Reduce Binge Drinking: Strategies for Big Parties or a Night In

Social factors play a significant role in binge drinking. Learn how self-regulation and mindfulness can moderate alcohol consumption.

4 Reasons to Become a Psychiatric Social Worker 

Approximately 1 in 25 U.S. adults — more than 11 million people — experience a serious mental illness in a given year. Psychiatric social workers can play a key role in the lives of those with depression, substance use disorders, and other mental health conditions.

The MSW@USC Social Work Toolbox: 10 Skills Every Social Worker Needs

Social work is a demanding and varied profession, often requiring a practitioner to wear many hats on any given day: adviser, therapist, caretaker, administrator, clinician and many others. Here are 10 qualities every social worker should practice and possess.