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Maria Hu - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

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


Maria C. Hydon's expertise focuses on group counseling for children, youth, and families and crisis intervention.






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Maria C. Hydon is a Clinical Associate Professor of Field Education. She has spent most of her career as a Psychiatric Social Worker for the Los Angeles Unified School District and a USC faculty member. She has taught graduate-level classes and served as a field liaison to many MSW students.

As an LAUSD psychiatric social worker, Hydon has provided individual, family and group counseling, as well as crisis intervention and home visits for at-risk students. In overseeing LAUSD’s School Mental Health Field Instruction Program, one of the largest field placement agencies in California, she coordinated the placement of approximately 400 MSW students in school sites and trained students on a variety of evidence-based practices.

As the lead intern trainer of the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) Program, she focused her efforts on implementation and dissemination of CBITS, crisis/threat response and intervention, suicide prevention, trauma recovery and resiliency.

In addition, Hydon is a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education as an educator on resilience strategies for educators and on school behavior threat assessments. She has also trained school officials on Psychological First Aid/Listen, Protect, Connect (PFA/LPC) – which is an evidence-informed universal prevention intervention for educators and school staffs to utilize after crises or disasters.

In the year 2016, Hydon was the first who helped developed a mental health initiative with the Consulate of El Salvador in Los Angeles. For the two consecutive years, the initiative has had MSW students who are under the supervision of a licensed practitioner offering short-term counseling services for free regardless of immigration status.

Currently, Hydon is pursuing her Doctorate in Social Work and is focusing her research on meeting the mental health needs of the immigrant population, specifically those from the Northern Triangle of Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Education (2)

University of Southern California: M.S.W. 2006

California State University, Los Angeles: B.A. 2003

Areas of Expertise (7)

Threat Response

Social Work Education

Psychiatric Social Work

Children, Youth and Families

Crisis Intervention

Social Work

Trauma and Recovery

Industry Expertise (6)

Training and Development

Health Care - Services


Health and Wellness

Health Care - Providers

Mental Health Care

Accomplishments (4)

Field Instruction Program Lead Recognition (professional)

Field Instruction Program Lead Recognition

Heart of Social Work Award (professional)

Awarded by University of Southern California

Field Instruction Award (professional)

LAUSD/LA Academy Middle School

Field Instruction Award (professional)

LAUSD/LA Academy Middle School