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An Open Letter to Faculty, Students, Alumni and Friends of the School

Dean of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Marilyn Flynn, recently published a letter addressing the presidential election results and how important the social work community will be during the next four years.

7 Ways to Be Mentally Strong

Whether a challenge is professional or personal, people need to be mentally strong in order to push through and overcome it. The increased level of support that social workers provide for clients only heightens this need.

How Social Workers Apply Their Skills to Help Students

A Master of Social Work opens many doors — including the one to the schoolhouse. Professionals who read between the lines and care unconditionally can find great satisfaction in school social work, providing critical guidance to the next generation of students.

The Aging Poor: How Social Workers Can Help

As the fastest growing population in the country, older adults face both opportunities and challenges. The support of seniors, especially those who are low-income, is an important consideration for social workers. While living in poverty is a challenge no matter your age, older adults who live in poverty struggle with an array of issues unique to their phase of life.

Q&A with DSW@USC Program Chair Dr Marvin Southard

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is excited to announce the new online Doctor of Social Work (DSW@USC) program. Dr. Marvin Southard, the program chair, sat down with us to talk about what drew him to the DSW@USC program and what he expects the program to bring to the field of social work. 

Social Work Careers to Consider: Medical Social Work

If you’re interested in helping those who are sick or suffering from chronic illness, you might want to consider a career in medical social work. Medical social workers help their clients address the challenges of illness, such as navigating the health care system, discussing treatment options, and working with an interdisciplinary medical team to coordinate the best possible care.