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Joan Anderson

Joan Anderson



As a student at the USC School of Social Work, I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work (MSW) in the Department of Adult Mental Health and Wellness. While completing my advanced training at the Simms/Mann Center for Integrative Oncology, I am committed to providing quality care and support to individuals and families affected by cancer and greatly value this learning experience.

Training and Professional Work

I received my bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from College of Charleston in 2015. While in college, I completed a case management internship at a women’s shelter where I coordinated resources and provided support to survivors of intimate partner violence. I also interned with the Charleston Mayor’s office, working with the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator to improve accessibility in public spaces and create educational workshops surrounding accessibility and aging. Through these internships I discovered my passion for advocacy, community-building, and ultimately social work. After graduation, I moved back to my home city of Los Angeles and began working as a case manager at a shelter for youth who were survivors of sex-trafficking. I then took a position as co-director of an after-school enrichment company which provides various enrichment classes to students across LA county. Through my post-grad work I was able to hone in on my enthusiasm for human service and gain experience working with youth and their families, including those who have experienced trauma and health/mental health challenges.

I entered the MSW program at USC in Fall 2018 and completed my first-year field placement at the Post-Conviction Justice Project, a legal clinic that is part of the USC School of Law. Through providing psychosocial support and advocacy for incarcerated individuals, I helped clients manage substance use and behavioral challenges, process complex trauma, and prepare for upcoming parole hearings. This experience not only provided me with clinical training but also imprinted on me the beauty and universality of empathy, compassion, and community.

Personal Interests and Perspectives

In my spare time you can find me outside enjoying the great weather that this city offers year-round. I love spending time at the beach or taking a leisurely walk to one of the many wonderful coffee shops in LA. I can also be found singing in my local community choir on the weekends or cooking up a new recipe. I don’t have any pets at this time, but I would love to hear about yours!

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