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Susan Hess - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Susan Hess Susan Hess

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


Licensed Clinical Social Worker


SUSAN HESS serves as a clinical assistant professor of field education. Through her private consulting, training and expert witness testimony practice, Hess demonstrates her primary areas of expertise in intimate partner violence and trauma-informed care. She is an avid promoter of cutting-edge research and holistic approaches to trauma-informed practices.

In 2013, the City of Los Angeles Domestic Violence Task Force presented Hess with the Dr. Marjorie Braude Award for her innovative collaboration in serving victims of domestic violence. She is the co-founder of the Trauma-Informed Task Force of Los Angeles.

Hess earned her MSW from USC. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Illinois and a certified teacher in nonviolent education and parenting.

Education (2)

University of Southern California: MSW 1993

Scripps College: BA 1991

Areas of Expertise (5)

Holistic Approaches to Mental Health Care

Social Work

Domestic Violence

Trauma Therapy

Mental Health Advocacy

Industry Expertise (5)

Social Services

Health Care - Providers


Health and Wellness

Mental Health Care

Accomplishments (1)

Marjorie Braude Award (professional)

City of Los Angeles Domestic Violence Task Force

Affiliations (3)

  • Invited Board Member, Visionary Youth Center
  • Founder and Co-Chair of the Trauma Informed Task Force of LA
  • Board Member of the National Association of Social Worker University of Southern California Unit


Media Appearances (3)

Hess, Brown & Pena to Present in Cuba at Conference

Bits & Bytes: Internal News  online


Susie Hess, LCSW-IL, Danielle Brown, LCSW and Vanessa Pena were accepted to present in Havana, Cuba at the conference for Development and Perspectives of Social Work in Today’s World. The conference runs from June 5-10, 2017, and will be hosted by the 8th International Congress, 10th National Congress of Social Work, and 4th National and International Congress of Socio-Occupational Therapy.

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Orange County News: Parga Holds Trauma Informed Care Task Force Retreat

Bits & Bytes: Internal News  online


Senior Lecturer Jen Parga, advisor for the the Trauma Informed Care Task Force of Greater LA (TIC Task Force), will be facilitating a retreat for its strategic planning committee at the Orange County Academic Center on Oct. 9. Senior Lecturer of Field Education Susan Hess is the co-founder and co-chair of the TIC Task Force.

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VAC Lecturer Susan Hess Presents to Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Bits & Bytes: Internal News  online


Virtual Academic Center instructor and field liaison Susan Hess presented last month to clinicians at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) on “Integrating Trauma Informed Care with Children in a Medical Setting.”

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Articles & Publications (2)

Virtual Academic Challenges To Real-Time Trauma Field Educator

Baron, M.., Hess, S.L., Singh, M.


Helping graduate level social work students address and process recent mass casualty violence is a challenge to any classroom. We feel it is especially challenging when the classroom is virtual. While the virtual format allows for video and audio contact, students and instructors may be thousands of miles apart and see each other, like the old Hollywood Squares television program, from only the shoulders to the top of the head. Our Virtual Academic Center (VAC), while in most ways a marvel of technology, does present special challenges when faculty is confronted with such sensitive issues as the killings in Orlando, the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and the shooting of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

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Transformative social work practice Intimate partner violence

Schott, E. M. & Weiss, E. L. (Eds.)