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Skill Development

Students in Adult Mental Health and Wellness will acquire a host of transferable skills that will prepare them to work in a variety of settings. As one of the few programs to offer training in Intensive Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and diagnosis coding, students in this department will develop tangible skills that can be readily applied in real-world clinical settings.

Adult Mental Health and Wellness - Skill Development: John Brekke
            John Brekke, the Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, talks about the skills that students will develop when they pursue their MSW in the department of Adult Mental Health and Wellness.


Skills that students will develop include:

  • Client Assessment
  • Clinical Interventions such as:
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Problem Solving & Solution-Focused Therapy
    • Crisis Intervention, Brief & Trauma-Focused Therapies
    • Group Therapy
  • Treatment Planning
  • Integrated Care & Interdisciplinary Treatment Approaches
  • Documentation, Case Management and Resource Coordination
  • Cultural Competency
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Data Collection & Research
  • Outcome Evaluation
  • Policy Advocacy, Analysis and Proposal Development

Adult Mental Health and Wellness - Skill Development, Older Adults: Maria Aranda
Maria Aranda, associate professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, talks about the skills that students will develop with an interest in working with the older adult population when they pursue their MSW in the department of Adult Mental Health and Wellness.