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

Susan Hess Susan Hess

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

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Biography

SUSAN HESS, MSW, LCSW-IL, is a Clinical Associate Professor at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Hess is a transnational speaker and relational organizer in the areas of trauma informed care, healing centered engagement and the intersections of intimate partner violence. Hess collaborates with social work students who were formerly incarcerated to provide support in navigating through school, licensing issues and pushing back on systemic barriers that students who were formerly incarcerated face through a trauma informed healing centered approach.

Hess is the Co-Founder of Trauma Informed LA whose mission is to foster resilient communities that promote healing and well-being through collaboration, education, and community engagement. Hess is the co host of Trauma Informed LA’s Our Stories Matter Podcast with Unchained Scholar alumnus Yehudah Pryce. Our Stories Matter is a podcast celebrating the complex lived experiences of activists and healers by sharing their inspiring stories

In recognition of her dedication, Hess was presented with the distinguished Dr. Marjorie Braude Award by the City of Los Angeles Domestic Violence City Task Force in October, 2013 for innovative collaboration in serving victims of domestic violence. Hess is a founding member of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon’s first Crime Victims Advisory Board.

Education (2)

University of Southern California: MSW 1993

Scripps College: BA 1991

Areas of Expertise (4)

Incarceration and Racial Disparity

Trauma Therapy

Domestic Violence

Social Work

Industry Expertise (3)

Social Services

Education/Learning

Health and Wellness

Accomplishments (1)

Marjorie Braude Award (professional)

2013 City of Los Angeles Domestic Violence Task Force

Affiliations (4)

  • Co Founder of Trauma Informed LA
  • Unchained Scholars Faculty Advisor
  • Our Stories Matter Co Host
  • District Attorney Gascon Crime Victim's Advisory Board Founding Member

Testimonials (2)

Project Kinship Trauma and Recovery Certification Attendee, Activist | Project Kinship

You are a totally engaging and dynamic presenter!! Your enthusiasm kept all 70 of us (on a zoom!) wide awake till the end at 9pm.

Former Student, Social Worker | USC Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work

"I am forever inspired and evolved because of the sincere self-reflection gained as a member of your class. As always, continue to be a light for other students because it is contagious."

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Media Appearances (3)

Hess, Brown & Pena to Present in Cuba at Conference

Bits & Bytes: Internal News  online

2017-01-01

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

2016-01-01

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

2016-01-01

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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Research, Publications & Presentations (4)

Intimate partner violence

Hess, S. L. & Eastlund, E. (2015). Intimate partner violence. Schott, E. M. & Weiss, E. L. (Eds.), Transformative social work practice (pp. 271-282). SAGE Publications.

Virtual Academic Challenges to Real-Time Trauma

Baron, M.., Hess, S.L., Singh, M. (2016). Virtual Academic Challenges to Real-Time Trauma. Field Educator Journal Fall 2016 edition, (pp. 1-6).

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When the past is present in the classroom: Utilizing a trauma-informed approach in the virtual setting

Brown, D., Baron, M.W., Cardinal, L, Hess, S., & Singh, M.I. (2019). When the past is present in the classroom: Utilizing a trauma-informed approach in the virtual setting. In R.P. Maiden (Ed.), The Transformation of Social Work Education through Virtual Learning. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: London.

Trauma informed interview coaching: An innovative approach to achieve equal opportunity and social justice in field education

Brown, D., Hess, S. & Singh, M.I. (2020). Trauma informed interview coaching: An innovative approach to achieve equal opportunity and social justice in field education. The Field Educator (10.1), 1-7.

Professional Experience & Partnerships (1)

Faculty Advisor

Unchained Scholars USC Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work

Unchained Scholars is a caucus composed of formerly incarcerated MSW, DSW and Ph.D students working with ally members to dismantle the barriers faced by people impacted by the criminal punishment system.