MSW@USC Blog


How Social Workers Improve Relationships Between Police and Communities

Social work interns at USC are helping police departments address issues like gang violence and domestic abuse in order to improve ties to their communities.

Do High Schools Contribute to Suicidal Thoughts Among Teens?

A new study of 800 high schools in California found that the level of suicidal ideation among students varies greatly from school to school, highlighting the role that schools play in contributing to mental health issues. USC Professor Ron Avi Astor says schools and social workers will need to look beyond suicidal ideation as an individual psychological issue and address the effects that school environment and social dynamics have on teens.

How Does Telehealth Work?

More Americans are recognizing the benefits of seeking treatment for mental health conditions, but barriers such as awareness, stigma and distance continue to prevent people from reaching out for help. Programs like USC’s Telehealth, which offers clients online counseling and psychotherapy, could be the game-changers the social work and mental health fields need to break down barriers and provide help to clients.

Engaging Social Workers in Activism: Where to Start?

Public policy is an important component of the social work field. More people, especially social workers, are discovering meaningful ways to shape policy and influence politics. For social workers considering getting involved in activism and advocacy, here are 60 organizations that address the 12 Grand Challenges of Social Work.   

Join All School Day 2018 for a Performance of An Octoroon: Race and Identity in America, Both Then and Now

All School Day 2018 will address the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work will partner with the USC School of Dramatic Arts to present An Octoroon, a play by Branden Jacob-Jenkins, which challenges the audience to consider how history has been presented based on who has told the story. Learn how to virtually participate.

Nonconsensual Image Sharing Isn’t Pornography — It’s Sexual Assault

In the rapidly changing digital landscape, people are constantly finding new forums and quicker methods of sharing exploitative images of people to a boundless online audience. Survivors of this growing form of exploitation experience share symptoms similar to survivors of physical sexual assault, underscoring the need for more effective strategies to end this abuse.