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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Listen.Up.People. is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud
and most other podcast platforms.

Child Trauma
Child Trauma: Affect Across a Lifetime

Experiencing high levels of daily trauma as a child or adolescent can affect an individual’s development throughout their lifetime.

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Hosted by Dr. Annalisa Enrile, clinical professor, with Dr. Marleen Wong, the David Lawrence Stein/Violet Goldberg Sachs Professor of Mental Health, and Megan Healy, MSW '14, an emergency response social worker with the Department of Children and Family Services. Listen to Extended Content: Corporate Responsibility | Psychological First Aid.

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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. Listen to Extended Content: What Can We Do? | Video Games vs Environment.

Border wall
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. Listen to Extended Content: Citizens at Risk | Consulate Program.

podcast equity
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. Listen to Extended Content: Criminal Justice | Sexual Abuse Equity | White Privilege.

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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.
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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. Listen to Extended Content.

  • Financial Stability Reduces Rates of Recidivism

    Assistant Professor Robynn Cox explains how the U.S. can mitigate high rates of recidivism with the help of social support services that foster greater economic stability.

  • Veteran Extremism Research

    The U.S. has seen multiple mass violence events perpetrated by military veterans: Thousand Oaks, California; Dallas, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Charlottesville, Virginia. Understanding the factors that lead to these terrifying events—and why members of the military may be susceptible to extremist beliefs—may help prevent future violence by veterans and others.  

  • Get It Straight Program

    The difficulties started just before her son’s 14th birthday. 

    Karina Rodriguez’s youngest child and only son had always possessed a strong will, but puberty had amplified it. He became moody, defiant and disrespectful.

    “It was his way or no way,” Rodriguez said.

    She grew more fearful as he began to hang out with a new set of trouble-making friends easily described as the “wrong crowd.” 

    “I felt like I had tried everything,” she said. “I felt helpless.”

  • Climate Change and Social Work

    As climate change becomes an ever-present reality, communities across the globe must find new ways to address the environmental and socioeconomic repercussions. Can local organizations help at-risk populations fight back? 

  • gender pronouns

    Associate Professor Jeremy Goldbach outlines general guidelines for navigating gender pronouns with anyone in your life. 

  • Dezetta Burnett

    For years, every time Dezetta Burnett drove by USC’s University Park Campus, her young daughter would pipe up from the backseat: “Mommy, you should go to school one more time.”

    Burnett had earned her master’s in social work at USC while pregnant with Amaiya, now age 8. But as a single mom working full time, she was wary about the commitment of enrolling in college again.

  • Marium Qureshi

    Minutes before she walked the stage at USC Commencement this past May, Marium Qureshi’s phone rang with an unfamiliar number. Luckily, she picked up. Twitter was on the line, offering this new Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate a job as a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) specialist at the company’s San Francisco headquarters.

    “I was thrilled,” she said. “It was like everything I had worked for coming to fruition.”

  • Sherlock Ho and Spencer Vicente

    Meet two USC MSWs who are finding unique ways to serve the military community.

  • diversity

    Efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at USC schools have built momentum toward change.

    Sometimes to move forward, one needs to look back.

    As USC grapples with a culture change process aimed at improving how the university functions, lessons can be drawn from the work that has been done by its diversity liaisons.


    Military researchers from USC and King’s College London came together at a recent symposium with the goal of advancing innovation in the field.