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As an adoptee from Taiwan growing up in San Antonio, Texas, Priscilla Hefley struggled to find her identity.

As an adoptee from Taiwan growing up in San Antonio, Texas, Priscilla Hefley struggled to find her identity.

Once intimidating and foreign, research is slowly but surely becoming a common pursuit in the master’s program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.  During a recent symposium hosted by the Phi Alpha Honor Society, several master’s students described their recent forays into the research world, from spending time with chronically homeless individuals who had just received housing to refining an application for tablet computers designed to help older adults in Taiwan.

Once intimidating and foreign, research is slowly but surely becoming a common pursuit in the master’s program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. During a recent symposium hosted by the Phi Alpha Honor Society, several master’s students described their recent forays into the research world, from spending time with chronically homeless individuals who had just received housing to refining an application for tablet computers designed to help older adults in Taiwan.

Kristen Kavanaugh, MSW ’12, is now one of fewer than 50 in the United States chosen to become part of the Truman National Security Project’s 2013 Defense Council, a competitive leadership development program for those who honorably served in the military and defense communities and who understand what it means to serve at home and abroad.

Kristen Kavanaugh, MSW ’12, is now one of fewer than 50 in the United States chosen to become part of the Truman National Security Project’s 2013 Defense Council, a competitive leadership development program for those who honorably served in the military and defense communities and who understand what it means to serve at home and abroad.

Cause and effect is a theme that runs throughout "Therapy," a play written and directed by Jeff Bernhardt, MSW '94, that shows how the line between professional and personal issues can become blurry. "Oftentimes, the only experience people have with therapy is through the media, which doesn't show what it's really like to be a therapist or what issues come up," he said.

Cause and effect is a theme that runs throughout "Therapy," a play written and directed by Jeff Bernhardt, MSW '94, that shows how the line between professional and personal issues can become blurry. "Oftentimes, the only experience people have with therapy is through the media, which doesn't show what it's really like to be a therapist or what issues come up," he said.

Graduate students from the USC School of Social Work and USC Price School of Public Policy confronted the fallacy of “race-neutral” policies April 2 at the third annual Students of Color and Allies Policy Forum (SCAPF).  Nearly 200 people, most of whom were college students from across Southern California, attended the student-run forum addressing issues of race and social justice in planning, policy, development and social work.

Graduate students from the USC School of Social Work and USC Price School of Public Policy confronted the fallacy of “race-neutral” policies April 2 at the third annual Students of Color and Allies Policy Forum (SCAPF). Nearly 200 people, most of whom were college students from across Southern California, attended the student-run forum addressing issues of race and social justice in planning, policy, development and social work.

Each year, the USC School of Social Work honors those faculty and graduating students who have made significant achievements in their academic careers and contributions to the USC and at-large communities. Here is Gabe Miller Scholarship winner Raji Shivshanker, left, with Alan Miller, president of the Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation.

Each year, the USC School of Social Work honors those faculty and graduating students who have made significant achievements in their academic careers and contributions to the USC and at-large communities. Here is Gabe Miller Scholarship winner Raji Shivshanker, left, with Alan Miller, president of the Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation.

Successfully completing a doctoral program isn’t just about taking classes and writing a dissertation.  It’s about a larger shift in identity, a metamorphosis from student to independent scholar. Facilitating that shift is the goal of a robust professional development series Associate Professor Michael Hurlburt leads, as new director of the PhD program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Successfully completing a doctoral program isn’t just about taking classes and writing a dissertation. It’s about a larger shift in identity, a metamorphosis from student to independent scholar. Facilitating that shift is the goal of a robust professional development series Associate Professor Michael Hurlburt leads, as new director of the PhD program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Lia Andrews, a Master of Social Work student at the USC School of Social Work’s San Diego Academic Center, has been named Up and Coming Student of the Year by the San Diego and Imperial counties region of the National Association of Social Workers-California Chapter for her outstanding leadership, service, and approach to advocacy and outreach.

Lia Andrews, a Master of Social Work student at the USC School of Social Work’s San Diego Academic Center, has been named Up and Coming Student of the Year by the San Diego and Imperial counties region of the National Association of Social Workers-California Chapter for her outstanding leadership, service, and approach to advocacy and outreach.

The time-honored tradition of cooking and sharing a meal with others is at the center of a new program called Nourished that seeks to create community between student volunteers and people who have experienced homelessness in Los Angeles.  The concept is simple enough. USC students gather with residents at a permanent supportive housing facility on the edge of Koreatown once a week to cook healthy recipes and eat together. They share stories and chat about current events.

The time-honored tradition of cooking and sharing a meal with others is at the center of a new program called Nourished that seeks to create community between student volunteers and people who have experienced homelessness in Los Angeles. The concept is simple enough. USC students gather with residents at a permanent supportive housing facility on the edge of Koreatown once a week to cook healthy recipes and eat together. They share stories and chat about current events.

arents as Teachers National Center and the University of Southern California School of Social Work have successfully launched a pilot program marrying the Parents as Teachers evidence-based home visiting model with USC Telehealth. Funded through the Coalition for Research on Engagement and Well-Being (CREW) and the Overdeck Family Foundation, the pilot represents a transformational move by home visiting and family support leader Parents as Teachers to adapt its services to a virtual format.

arents as Teachers National Center and the University of Southern California School of Social Work have successfully launched a pilot program marrying the Parents as Teachers evidence-based home visiting model with USC Telehealth. Funded through the Coalition for Research on Engagement and Well-Being (CREW) and the Overdeck Family Foundation, the pilot represents a transformational move by home visiting and family support leader Parents as Teachers to adapt its services to a virtual format.

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