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Terry Jordan - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Terry Jordan Terry Jordan

Adjunct Lecturer Dept. of Adult Mental Health and Wellness | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Terry Jones specializes in grief, with a focus on loss to suicide, trauma, gay and lesbian issues, depression and relationship conflict.


Terry Jordan is an adjunct lecturer with the Virtual Academic Center. She has served multiple roles since joining in 2001, including as field instructor, field liaison, academic adviser, and instructor of the Virtual Field Practicum course and advanced standing students.

She is currently clinical supervisor at Bienestar, an agency that provides a range of HIV-related, substance abuse, domestic violence and mental health services. She also has a private therapy practice in Los Angeles wherein she integrates psychodynamic/psychoanalytic, evidence-based practices and EMDR into her work with adolescents and adults. Her areas of specialty include grief and loss, with a particular focus on loss to suicide, trauma, gay and lesbian issues, anxiety, depression and all areas of relationship conflict. She received a certificate in advanced psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute.

Born and raised in South Africa, Jordan came to the United States with enormous sensitivity to the issues of prejudice, discrimination, poverty and social justice. She began her career working in the area of domestic violence. She spent several years providing individual, group and family therapy, as well as facilitating multifamily therapy groups at a residential facility for court-ordered juvenile delinquents. As a clinical social worker, she provided a range of therapeutic services in a partial-hospitalization and in-patient program at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. She then served as regional clinical director of a methadone clinic, supervising staff and USC and UCLA MSW students. She has been a field instructor at UCLA and Antioch University, and taught self-designed, graduate-level psychology courses at Ryokan College.

In her spare time, Jordan volunteers in the areas of animal rescue, homelessness and mentoring.

Education (2)

Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute: Certificate, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 2002

University of Southern California: M.S.W. 1996

Areas of Expertise (6)

Gender identity, LGBTQ Social Work Mental Health Services Domestic Violence Services Substance Abuse EMDR and trauma

Industry Expertise (4)

Social Services Writing and Editing Research Education/Learning

Accomplishments (2)

Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (professional)


Ranked top 5% nationwide in Diplomate exam.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (professional)


Affiliations (3)

  • NASW
  • Soldiers Project

Languages (1)

  • English