Department of Adult Mental Health and Wellness
An overview of what to expect when pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) in the department of Adult Mental Health and Wellness at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
Adult Mental Health and Wellness prepares students to improve the mental health and physical well-being of individuals across the adult lifespan, from young adults to older adults. Students in this department are prepared to support adult clients within agencies, institutions, communities, families and other social and organizational contexts.
This department is for students who want to become licensed clinical social workers helping adults with mental health, substance use disorders, trauma and medical issues, as well as prevention, recovery, wellness and health promotion.
Whether you are interested in treating veterans coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or providing support to homeless individuals with mental illness or victims of domestic violence, this department will train you in the most innovative, evidence-based approaches to mental and behavioral health care.
The department’s curriculum focuses on the theories of human behavior, clinical practice and policy, emphasizing the role of neuroscience in the interaction of the mind, brain and body. Learn more.
Working in the field with one of our many community partners gives students valuable real-world, hands-on experience that complements and enhances their classroom education. Learn more.
Adult Mental Health and Wellness' course work and hands-on field education equip students with a variety of skills. Learn more.
The social work field is expected to grow by more than 700,000 from 2012-2021, a 19% growth rate that is faster than the average for all occupations. Learn more about the various work settings and fields that students in this department are prepared for.
Adult Mental Health and Wellness faculty members are engaged in a wide variety of research that informs our curriculum and policy. Many are affiliated with one or more of the school’s research centers. Learn More.