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Erik Schott - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Erik Schott Erik Schott

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


Dr. Schott is a licensed clinical social worker and instructional designer/educational psychologist.


Dr. Erik Schott (pronouns: he/him/his) is a clinical associate professor at the University of Southern California, a licensed clinical social worker, and educational psychologist. His clinical practice and scholarship are in LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex) social work, child development, couple therapy, HIV/AIDS, and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) pedagogy. He is a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trauma-informed psychotherapist and holds specialized training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). He has worked as a front-line clinician and was a program director at the Serra Project, a housing agency serving adults, children, and families living with HIV/AIDS. Currently, he teaches generalist to advanced clinical practice courses at USC where he has also developed specialized courses on micro practice and global issues related to the LGBTQ community. Dr. Schott is the co-editor of the book Transformative Social Work Practice (Sage, 2016) and author of the LGBTQI Workbook for CBT (Routledge, 2021).

Education (3)

USC Rossier School of Education: EdD, Educational Psychology 2012

University of Southern California: MSW, Mental Health 1998

University of California, Berkeley: BA, Psychology 1995

Areas of Expertise (8)

LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) social work

CBT (Coginitive Bahavorial Therapy)

EMDR (Eye Movement Desentization & Reprocessing)


Childhood Developmental Dirorders

Couple Therapy (EFT)

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) pedagogy


Industry Expertise (5)

Health and Wellness

Mental Health Care

Health Care - Services


Program Development

Accomplishments (1)

Dissertation of the Year Nominee (professional)

Awarded by the USC Rossier School of Education.

Affiliations (5)

  • EMDRIA.org
  • NASW.org
  • CSWE.org
  • ICEEFT.com
  • CAMFT.org

Languages (1)

  • German


Media Appearances (2)

USC sets out to build social work program in China

USC News  online


"Hsinyi Hsiao, along with several other USC faculty, including Zaleski, Martha Lyon-Levine, Annalisa Enrile, Juan Araque, Erik Schott, Shannon Mayeda, Renee Smith-Maddox, Seth Kurzban, Ann Katz and Murali Nair, have been spearheading the development of both coursework and field education. The latter has proved especially challenging..."

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How can social workers improve their skills?

USC News  online


"In Transformative Social Work Practice (Sage Publications), editors Erik Schott and Eugenia Weiss, both clinical associate professors at the school, sought to redefine the practice of social work to respond to new challenges facing the profession..."

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Research Articles & Publications (2)

Transformative Social Work Practice (2016)

Sage Inc.

Erik Schott & Eugenia Weiss



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LGBTQI Workbook for CBT


Dr. Erik Schott


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most popular evidence-based interventions in the world, but little has been done to explore how it affects different groups of people, such as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) community. The LGBTQI Workbook for CBT is filled with hands-on, practical perspectives for readers who are seeking a new point-of-view or for clinicians and students seeking additional tools, competence, and humility when working with sexual and gender minorities. The workbook focuses on skill building and addresses techniques for personal selfassessment, cognitive and behavioral activation, psychoeducation, and therapist resources. Incorporating structured learning tools to promote professional responsibility as well as ethically driven and evidence-based practices, this text aims to promote empowerment. Applied activities are available in multiple reproducible worksheets and handouts to utilize in session, in the classroom, in the field, and in life. The LGBTQI Workbook for CBT is an invaluable resource for interested members of the LGBTQI community, beginner or experienced clinicians, and students working with sexual and gender minority clients. It is an excellent supplementary text for graduate students in social work, psychology, nursing, psychiatry, professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, and other healing professions such as medicine, acupuncture, or physical therapy.

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