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Jennifer Parga - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Jennifer Parga Jennifer Parga

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work Field Education | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Emerging expert on identifying, integrating and harnessing technology opportunities that improve communities.


JENNIFER PARGA joined as full-time regional field faculty in 2015 teaching Virtual Field Practicum, field seminar and serving as a point of contact for field liaisons assisting students in Southern California.

Prior to joining USC, Parga diligently supported first-generation college students via service learning opportunities in partnership with San Diego-based high schools, nonprofits and community-based organizations in the most diverse community in San Diego. She avidly worked with donors to create a supplemental scholarship program to bring financial support to program alumni through a $100,000 annual scholarship.

As a community organizer with an emphasis in consensus organizing, Parga was contracted to provide state-wide trainings in Georgia and lead local initiatives with the San Diego Foundation to create sustainable solutions through identifying mutual self-interest and capacity building. During that time, she spent several years on the Coordinating Council of Mid-City Community Advocacy Network during one of the most impactful placed-based funding initiatives implemented in partnership with the California Endowment.

From 2005 to 2015, she served on the board of directors for the National Association of Social Workers and served as San Diego-Region E regional director and California state secretary.

Parga is currently a member of Online Learning Consortium, NASW and Council on Social Work Education, and gives strategic support and consultation to the Trauma Informed Care Task Force of Greater Los Angeles.

Education (2)

San Diego State University: MSW 2007

San Diego State University: BSW 2004

Areas of Expertise (8)

Yoga and Meditation Intervention

Board Development

Non-Profit Administration & Management

Technology Integration in Education

Community Organizing & Development

Distance Education and Technology

Data and Technology for Social Good

Change Management & Strategic Planning

Industry Expertise (8)

Information Technology and Services

Training and Development

Program Development


Health and Wellness

Social Services

Information Services

Social Media

Accomplishments (1)

Grant Recipient (professional)


Diversity and Inclusion Through Testimony Grants– USC Shoah Foundation; Institute for Visual History and Education and USC Center for Excellence in Teaching

Affiliations (3)

  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Online Learning Consortium
  • Council on Social Work Education

Testimonials (2)

MSW Student, Evaluation | USC

Grateful to have a great role model in you who shows compassion towards the students

MSW Student, Evaluation | USC

Professor Parga is an excellent professor who allows students to debrief and talk about their experiences and is there for the students. She is always available and ensures that students get the best experience even as virtual students. She has made my experience at USC so much better. Thank you to professor Parga!!


Grand Challenges (1)

Harness Technology for Social Good

Great explanation on website: (copy and paste) http://grandchallengesforsocialwork.org/grand-challenges-initiative/12-challenges/harness-technology-for-social-good/

My particular interests is in catching the profession of social work up with the integration of technology to better serve our clients and communities. I also think it is important as faculty to educate future social workers about the impact of technology in the clinical and macro settings.



  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Corporate Training

Research Reports & Projects (1)

Understanding the Remote Faculty Journey FY 2019-2020

IRB Approval

Partnerships (1)


Trauma Informed LA 

As an all-volunteer grassroots organization since 2014 TILAs mission is to foster resilient communities that promote healing and well-being through collaboration, education, and community engagement. Their vision is a trauma-informed Los Angeles. I work with TILA specifically on strategic planning, facilitate working retreats, implementing participatory decision making practices, and really just supporting their steering committee in any way that I can because they are amazing human beings!

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Courses (3)

589a Applied Learning in Field Education (Virtual Field Practicum)

This is our famous VFP (Virtual Field Practicum). A client simulation course where your receive instant feedback on your intervention implementation. Not only is the course structured to teach you evidence based interventions like Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but you are practicing in real time from the convenience of your own home. This is truly one of my favorite courses to teach and it is amazing to see both folks who are brand new to social work and seasoned to have life changing moments in class!

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588, (698a, 698b) Integrative Learning for (Advanced) Social Work Practice

CYF (Children Youth and Family) students will enhance core practice skills underlying social work services to children, youth, and families within a complex system. AMHW (Adult Mental Health and Wellness) students will enhance core practice skills underlying social work services within health, mental health, and integrated care settings with the adult population. SCI (Social Change and Innovation) students will enhance core practice skills underlying social work services to organizations, and business and community settings.
Students will engage in critical thinking, focused dialogue, exploration of theory, examination of practice, and policy analysis utilizing department specific field experiences. In addition, this course will provide a forum for learning and building practice skills through interaction, self-reflection, role-play, case discussion, and other experiential exercises designed to encourage students’ creativity. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in activities that enhance professional communication. Therefore, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity will be the primary skills to be developed.

AKA this is where we process your field experience and blend theory and practice :)

589b, (699a, 699b) Applied (Advanced) Learning in Field Education

These courses serve as placeholders for your community based internship. My role in this course is to serve as your Field Liaison aka making sure you complete all your field assignments, are receiving the defined learning opportunities at your agency, track your hours, and support you and the agency during your placement.

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Articles & Publications (3)

Technology Adoption in Social Work Education Oxford Press

Jennifer Parga & Sara Schwartz


This annotated bibliography explores how social work education has adopted technology, considers the implications of these advances, and includes articles which compare outcomes for different delivery formats.

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Spiraling Organizational Change: a Campus Conversion to Online Programming The Field Educator (Fall 2018)

Ruth Supranovich, Ruth Cislowsk, Jennifer Parga

The article describes the transition of one social work program from campus based instruction to online and illustrates the Action Research Model of change. The authors also explore the impact of this change on internal and external stakeholders.

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Ch 12: Cultivating Relationships with Agency Field Instructors: Collaborators in Virtual Learning Book publication is currently underway

Editor: R. Paul Maiden, Contributing Authors; Kerry Doyle, Jen Parga, Lisa Wobbe-Veit

Chapter in book is forthcoming