Boosting Skills to Help Children and Families

A new program headed by the USC School of Social Work sends its student interns to work not only at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services but also to gain clinical skills at a community-based agency. "We looked at how we could enhance internships that would better prepare students for one of the most difficult jobs in social work, or one of the most difficult jobs - period," said Professor Jacquelyn McCroskey.

Non-traditional Social Work Gets Its Due

Wall St. Cheat Sheet, which has been named #1 Social Media Influencer on Wall Street by Forbes, featured our non-traditional social work internship program, which places Master of Social Work students in corporate environments. Here they gain skills such as project management, human capital development and process improvement. By acting as a liaison between employees and management, social workers can help ensure healthy workplaces.

Welcome, Trojans!

Every fall, the USC School of Social Work sends its new Master of Social Work students out in the field on a two-day Community Immersion trip. Students learn about various aspects of a particular community -- the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly -- and how they, as social workers, might be able to help. Here are photos from this year's trip to Hollywood.

Tell Someone "You Matter"

We invite you to participate in You Matter, a grassroots campaign designed to foster well-being and bring back some much-needed human connection. Join us in promoting positive mental health, and help our movement grow!

Homing in on Veteran Suicide

More than 8,000 veterans commit suicide each year, or nearly 22 a day, and this rate has increased significantly in the past 10 years. Researchers with the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families believe they can now identify when veterans may be more prone to suicide, a first step in more effective prevention efforts.

Spotlight

The Children’s Data Network, housed at the USC School of Social Work, is a data and research collaborative that links and analyzes children's administrative records to advance policies that will improve their well-being.

People

Master of Social Work student Alejandra Cortez didn’t want to wait until graduation to do something meaningful. So she ran for president of her hometown’s neighborhood council – and won.

Giving

The Hutto-Patterson Charitable Foundation will give $3 million to establish the Hutto-Patterson Institute for Community Health at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and the USC School of Social Work.