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Beverly Younger - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Beverly Younger Beverly Younger

Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Clinical Associate Professor focused on community, organization, and business innovation with a specialty in behavioral health and family.



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With more than 10 years of teaching experience in Master of Social Work programs, BEVERLY YOUNGER utilizes an empowerment learning pedagogy to effectively meet students’ needs. She has taught courses that spanned much of the MSW curriculum, including Foundation and Advanced Research and Human Behavior in the Social Environment, as well as electives (Family Violence, Violence Prevention in Human Service Workplaces, Responding to Conflict in Human Service Workplaces, Inter-Professional Teamwork in Human Services, and others) and developed and taught Social Work and Business in a Global Society concentration courses.

Younger’s practice experience includes an extensive array of micro, mezzo and macro practice settings with more than 20 years of experience in providing services in the workplace, including internal employee assistance program (EAP) services and management, and numerous organizational consulting in for-profit, non-profit and governmental settings. These diverse consulting experiences that have led her to formulate an emerging paradigm on collaborative and integrative group and organizational practices with practical applications for workplaces and human service organizations. The consistent theme of her work has been effectively addressing the intersecting and interdependent needs of individuals and families and organizations.

Younger's micro practice experience bridged 14 years of direct clinical practice in a variety of EAP settings, addressing a broad array of behavioral health (both mental health and substance abuse), family issues (marriage, parenting, elders, partner violence and child abuse), work/family balance, treatment and disability management and advocacy, and work or career concerns.

In corporate settings, her mezzo and macro practice involved organizational and work unit interventions such as conflict response, disaster response, violence prevention, health prevention, stress management, wellness program development, management coaching and consultation, team or work unit development, program or work unit effectiveness, and prevention and intervention evaluation. At Bank of America, she served as regional manager coordinating services across a 32-state service system, gaining administrative and managerial experience. And in Illinois, she provided ongoing organizational development services to a state administrative department for several years.

Education (3)

University of Illinois at Chicago: Ph.D., Social Work 2001

University of Illinois at Chicago: M.S.W., Occupational Social Work

University of Illinois at Chicago: B.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Areas of Expertise (9)

Behavioral Health

Work - Life Balance

Social Workers and Business

Social Work Education

Social Work

Community, Organization, and Business Innovation

Organizational Change

Employee Assistance Programs

Domestic Violence and Workplace

Industry Expertise (6)

Mental Health Care


Health Care - Providers

Health and Wellness

Health Care - Services

Training and Development

Accomplishments (2)

International Volunteer Trainer (professional)

The Climate Project

Member of the Year (professional)

State of Illinois Chapter, EAPA


Media Appearances (1)

Social Work at the Office: University of Southern California

Diversity Journal  online

“Social workers practicing at the intersection of individuals, families, and work environments has been around a long time,” says USC Social Work Clinical Associate Professor Beverly Younger. (...)

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Conferences and Events (1)

Broadening the Response to Domestic Violence: Prevention and Intervention in the Workplace

End Abuse Long Beach  Alpert Jewish Community Center


Research Articles & Publications (4)

Innovative Career Support Services for Professional Women in India: Pathways to Success

Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health

Beverly Younger, Kalpana Tatavarti, Neeti Poorswani, Denica Gordon-Mandel, Caitlin Hannon, Ikiah K. McGowan, Gokul Mandaya

2015 This article examines the emerging concerns of professional working women in India, highlighting their unique needs within the context of rapidly changing environs and sociocultural gender expectations.

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When the community punches a time clock: Evaluating a collaborative workplace domestic abuse prevention program

Violence Against Women

Urban [Younger], B.Y. & Bennett, L.W.

1999 This article reports on a collaboration to develop, implement, and evaluate a domestic violence prevention program for 900 employees in a garment factory. The authors discuss issues in collaboration between researchers and advocates as well as employers, employees, and the employer's foundation.

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Violence against women in the workplace

Employee Assistance Quarterly

Younger, B.J

1994 Although Employee Assistance Programs often incorporate workplace violence prevention and debriefings into their array of services, rarely has any attention been paid to the risks for workplace violence that female employees face. The prevalence in society of violence against women and the increase in violence at the work site could create a swific risk for women at work. An exploration of this risk was undertaken, using three apparent categories of workulace violence: random criminal (perpetrator unknown to victim). worker (perpetrator works at the same company as victim), and relationship or domestic (perpetrator is a family member or significant other of victim) violence.

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The Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988: Intent and response

Employee Assistance Quarterly

Younger, B.J.

1992 With the influx of the 80's anti-drug movement into the workplace, in the fonm of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, private contractors concerned about compliance with the Act may turn in increasing numbers to Employee Assistance Programs. To determine if such a trend already exists, a survey of 44 small businesses was completed, to discover if an awareness of the Act and its requirements, along with the perceived need or intent to comply, would be associated with the increased presence of EMS, drug testing, drug policies or drug awareness programs.

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