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  • January 23, 2018

    Homeless youth face an immediate need for food, clothing and shelter — but what about yoga? One recent PhD graduate, who teaches yoga classes in drop-in centers, explains the benefits of this practice.

    At any given time, nearly 6,000 young people experience homelessness in Los Angeles. While they may certainly face difficulty fulfilling basic human needs for food and shelter, the stresses of street life can also take a significant mental toll. Often, violence and drug use among homeless youth make the path to a better life seem unachievable.

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  • December 01, 2017

    The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s global immersion program in Mexico concentrates on the social, mental and physical health of immigrants.

  • December 01, 2017

    China’s rapidly changing economy and demographics have resulted in an urgent need for social services. The China Program provides insight into the evolution of social work in the country, and the role that the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work will play in charting its future.

  • November 30, 2017

    Homeless youth have unique needs when it comes to housing programs. A doctoral candidate explains how host homes can help.

    Of the 47,000 people who make up Los Angeles’s homeless population, an alarming 75 percent are without shelter — among them, a large group of homeless youth. Though each person’s path to homelessness is different, many of these youth share the same dream: to find stable housing. This age group faces a number of obstacles in seeking permanent housing, and often find that the options available to them don’t provide the safety or autonomy they need.

  • November 28, 2017

    A longtime reality-TV-fan-turned contestant, this MSW student plays “Survivor’s” social game like a pro.

    Here at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, we know Roark Luskin as a student working toward her MSW degree — but to most of the world, she has become best-known as a contestant on Season 35 of CBS’s “Survivor.”

    As a member of the “Healers” tribe, Luskin used her training as a social worker to build meaningful relationships with her teammates — and has in turn gained invaluable skills during the competition that she can apply to her studies.

  • November 15, 2017

    The prognosis for people with HIV has dramatically improved since the 1980s. What has changed in HIV patient care over the last 30 years?

  • November 14, 2017

    For Military Family Appreciation Month, we’re shining a spotlight on those who provide support and care to military-connected individuals.

    Eugenia L. Weiss, clinical associate professor and director of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Orange County Academic Center, previously spent 18 years in private practice as a civilian working with military personnel and their families. She played an instrumental role in launching the school’s military social work track.

  • November 14, 2017

    Ashley Rhodes-Courter, MSW ‘12, has charted an incredible journey from a childhood spent in foster care to a career dedicated to advocacy. This is her story.

    Ashley Rhodes-Courter, a graduate of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, is an author, speaker, mother, philanthropist and child welfare advocate. Drawing on her own experience as a child adopted from foster care, Rhodes-Courter holds a deep understanding of the unique challenges facing foster kids — and how best to help them.