HANNAH THOMSON joined the USC Telehealth faculty in January 2013, where she leads clinical supervision and field instruction for teams of interns providing virtual telemental health services. She developed and teaches trainings on adult initial assessment and intervention planning as part of a rigorous six-week, 100-plus hours training curriculum. She helps Master of Social Work interns develop skills in bio-psychosocial assessment, diagnostic formulation, treatment planning, documentation, suicide/homicide risk assessment and cultural sensitivity to special populations within a virtual practice setting.
Since 2011, she has taught social work practice courses including the virtual field practicum as well as specialized evidence-based intervention trainings. She has also collaborated with the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, assisting with the development of its online continuing education course on motivational interviewing with military populations and the Motivational Interviewing Learning Environment and Simulation project.
Prior to joining USC, Thomson worked at a community mental health clinic in the Los Angeles area, providing individual, group and psychosocial rehabilitation services. Her clinical experience has been primarily with adults with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders. A licensed clinical social worker, she has completed training in numerous evidence-based interventions, including motivational interviewing, problem-solving therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, seeking safety, crisis oriented recovery services, and illness management and recovery.