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South Dakota Immersion

National Immersion Programs

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers national immersion opportunities for students to gain knowledge and insights into social work policy formation and practices in settings outside their home communities and allow them to bring back skills that will have practical application in their future service to the social work profession.

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Each program has a specific theme connected to social work practice and/or policy and takes place during the spring semester. Immersions are led by faculty and range in size from 20-25 students. Participants receive three credits per program that can be applied to the MSW degree.

Current Programs

Military and Veterans Policy and Practice

Washington, DC
The Child Development and Social Policy immersion is designed for students to enhance understanding of government's role in child development policy –particularly California programs and services for children and their families – and the ways in which political agendas are set. The program will enlighten participants on the cornerstones of the policy process, including how legislation is proposed and enacted, the roles of advocacy and lobbying organizations, and the challenges of policy implementation and evaluation. Students will also gain insight about creating a game plan with tools they can use to influence the process and build networks with Southern California and Washington-based professional and policy organizations that can impact decisions locally.

Child Development and Social Policy

Washington, DC
The Child Development and Social Policy immersion is designed for students to enhance understanding of government's role in child development policy –particularly California programs and services for children and their families – and the ways in which political agendas are set. The program will enlighten participants on the cornerstones of the policy process, including how legislation is proposed and enacted, the roles of advocacy and lobbying organizations, and the challenges of policy implementation and evaluation. Students will also gain insight about creating a game plan with tools they can use to influence the process and build networks with Southern California and Washington-based professional and policy organizations that can impact decisions locally.

Native American Children, Families, and Communities

South Dakota
The Native American Children, Families and Communities immersion for MSW students who have completed all foundation requirements will include five weekly on-ground and virtual seminars and eight days in South Dakota (Rapid City and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation) during spring break in March.

Participants will learn about the history of Native Americans in the United States, specifically the Lakota Indians of South Dakota, and pertinent social, political and economic issues impacting the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Students will have the opportunity to directly contribute to capacity-building for local service providers; learn how to engage with Native American children, families and communities in a culturally appropriate manner using indigenous practice wisdom; and exchange evidence-supported interventions with their host social service agency.

Future Programs

Social Change and Innovation

Washington, DC
The proposed Social Change and Innovation Immersion will take place during the USC Spring 2019 semester in Washington, DC. The immersion will be comprised of three components: (1) pre-immersion, (2) immersion, and (3) post immersion. Pre-immersion will consist of four seminars conducted monthly prior to the immersion in DC and post immersion. Students will experience an intimate, hands-on learning process designed to strengthen their professional skills, innovative thinking, and leadership capabilities. During the pre-immersion seminars, students will be exposed innovation dynamics through hands on individual and group activities. Students will encounter problem spaces thinking about norms and deviance to find innovative solutions and diffuse people problems. The immersion will connect to the Grand Challenge to End Homelessness.

Washington, DC Immersion Program

Washington, DC Immersion Program

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