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Children, Youth and Families

Children, Youth and Families

Department of Children, Youth and Families
An overview of what to expect when pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) in the department of Children, Youth and Families at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Children, Youth and Families prepares students to improve the lives and well-being of children, youth and their families. Students in this department are prepared to support children, adolescents and transitional age youth 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 children, adolescents and transitional age youth with issues pertaining to social welfare, safety, early childhood education, childhood development, juvenile justice and mental health, among other areas.

Whether you are interested in helping victims of abuse, children in foster care, or children in school settings, this department will train you in new, evidence-based approaches that will prepare you to support the welfare and development of children and implement effective intervention strategies when needed.


Coursework focuses on prevention and early intervention, promoting and sustaining the health of children and youth across diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Learn more.

Field Experience

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.

Skill Development

Children, Youth and Families' course work, tracks and hands-on field education training, equip students with a variety of skills. Learn more.

Work Settings

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.

Faculty Research

Children, Youth and Families 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.