Apply Now for 2024

Spring 2024 MSW Application Deadline: November 1, 2023
Fall 2024 MSW Application Priority Deadline: January 8, 2024
Summer 2024 Advanced Standing MSW Application Deadline: January 8, 2024
Fall 2024 PhD Application Deadline: December 1, 2023

Social Work and Public Safety Collaborative

Social Work and Public Safety Collaborative

Serving vulnerable populations through support, education, training, policy and services to the community.


Professional Development

The Social Work and Public Safety Collaborative at USC is a first-of-its-kind initiative and capacity-building partnership. It helps law enforcement and public safety organizations address social issues, strengthen relationships, and enhance community engagement and cooperation.

Established in 2015, it is now in its eighth year of providing campus and online Master of Social Work (MSW) students with practicum placements within metropolitan police departments and community public safety organizations.

Contact Us

Social Work and Public Safety Collaborative

Bringing Social Work Skills to Law Enforcement and Public Safety

Associate Professors of Social Work Practicum Education Rosemary Alamo and Rick Ornelas are providing a working partnership and professional development pipeline between social work, local law enforcement agencies, public safety and community based organizations.


People looking at paperwork together.

Our Mission

To offer a safe and supportive array of services to promote emotional health and wellness for those in our community who have been harmed by violence and trauma. Through effective evidence-based mental health treatments, supportive care, education and compassion, we strive to help heal the scars from violence and trauma for survivors to live long, healthy and productive lives.

TRC employee meeting with a patient.

Our Vision

A community that provides safety and care for those impacted by trauma. Together, we hope for a future where all individuals can receive the help and support they may need, at any time, free from stigma and barriers. To build strength and resilience for the most vulnerable, where mental health and wellness are a priority and accessible regardless of financial circumstances.