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Listen.Up.People. - Podcast

Listen.Up.People. - Podcast

Listen.Up.People. features faculty, alumni and community partners dedicated to advocacy on the most critical issues of our time. We’re talking about what’s happening and why it’s happening.

It’s time for people to listen up! 

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Gun Violence, Systemic Issues and Culture

Join us in January 2019, as we discuss the systemic issues of gun violence in this country, related to race, law enforcement and culture.
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Hosted by Dr. Terence Fitzgerald, clinical associate professor, with Dr. Kim Finney, clinical associate professor, clinical psychologist and retired Air Force officer; and LAPD Officer Cody Silva, of the Newton Division in South Los Angeles and a recent graduate of the LEAD program, a joint venture of the LAPD and the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Extended Content Coming Soon

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Immigration: Fear, Hate and Mental Health

Our country was founded on immigration, now we are targeting immigrants as the cause of our country’s problems. What does constant fear and hate do to a person’s mental health status?
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Host Dr. John Brekke, Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research, is joined by Dr. Concepcion Barrio, associate professor, Dr. Paula Helu-Brown, assistant professor of psychology at Mount St. Mary’s University, and alumnus Luis Juarez, MSW ‘17, a former undocumented immigrant, to discuss this issue and the work being done to provide solutions. Extended Content Coming Soon

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Equity: What exactly is it?

The waters run deep on this issue, which at its heart is about human and civil rights, and how we view and respect one another. 
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Host Dr. Terence Fitzgerald, clinical associate professor, Dr. Gabriel Crenshaw, clinical assistant professor, and Esther Lim, alumna and adjunct lecturer talk openly and honestly about the conscious choice to keep some people higher than others. Extended Content Coming Soon

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Suicide: A public health crisis

The rising number of high profile suicides in the past couple of years has finally brought this subject to the forefront of public discourse.

Host Dr. John Brekke, Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research, is joined by Dr. Eric Rice, associate professor, and Lyn Morris, senior vice president of clinical operations at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, to take a deep dive into this growing public health crisis. Extended Content Coming Soon. 

Child Trauma: Its effect across the lifetime

Human Trafficking: The urgent need for transparency laws