MSW@USC Blog


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.

The MSW@USC Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege

This toolkit is meant for anyone who feels there is a lack of productive discourse around issues of diversity and the role of identity in social relationships, both on a micro (individual) and macro (communal) level.

What Is Medical Social Work?

Navigating the medical system can be complicated for patients and their families. But medical social workers can help. Their job focuses on providing people with chronic and acute illnesses with everything from mental health and financial support to rehabilitation and palliative care services.

Preventing Self-Harm: What You Should Know if You Want to Offer Help

Understanding what’s behind a self-harmer’s actions can increase a person’s empathy and ability to help those in need.

Natural Disaster Response: What Role Can You Play?

Preparedness is an important part of disaster response. Learn about what roles exist for volunteers and how to get involved.