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Steve Hydon - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Steve Hydon Steve Hydon

Director of Social Work in Schools Clinical Professor of Social Work Field Education | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Clinical Professor in Field Education focused on child welfare, secondary traumatic stress, and social work practice in schools.


STEVE HYDON is a clinical professor in field education and serves as chair of the Pupil Personnel Services Credential program. His interests are in child welfare, secondary traumatic stress and social work practice in schools.

Hydon developed a secondary traumatic stress survey for teachers and mental health practitioners in schools and is a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education as an educator resilience facilitator. He has trained nationwide on secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, educator resilience and the Psychological First Aid - Listen, Protect, Connect, Model, and Teach curriculum for school personnel.

He is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Trauma and Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope and Wellness in Schools. He also serves as the liaison to the NCTSN’s Terrorism and Disaster Center and sits on the board of the American Council on School Social Work. Previously, he served as a board member of the School Social Work Association of America and was vice president of the California Association of School Social Workers for more than seven years.

Education (3)

University of Southern California: Ed.D. 2016

University of Connecticut: M.S.W. 1995

University of Connecticut: B.A. 1991

Areas of Expertise (6)

Secondary Traumatic Stress Social Work Education Social Work Child Welfare Social Work Practice Trauma

Industry Expertise (6)

Health Care - Services Education/Learning Health and Wellness Mental Health Care Health Care - Providers Writing and Editing

Affiliations (1)

  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential Programs, Director


Articles & Publications (1)

Preventing secondary traumatic stress in educators Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America

Hydon, S., Wong, M., Langley, A.K., Stein, B.D., & Kataoka, S.H.


Teachers can be vulnerable to secondary traumatic stress (STS) because of their supportive role with students and potential exposure to students' experiences with traumas, violence, disasters, or crises. STS symptoms, similar to those found in posttraumatic stress disorder, include nightmares, avoidance, agitation, and withdrawal, and can result from secondary exposure to hearing about students' traumas. This article describes how STS presents, how teachers can be at risk, and how STS can manifest in schools.

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