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Susan Hess


Susan Hess
Co-Founder

SUSAN HESS, MSW, LCSW-IL (she/her), is a Clinical Associate Professor at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Hess is an advocate, consultant 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. 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. .

Presentation topics include:
-intersectionality of intimate partner violence and homelessness through a TI approach
-human rights interviewing techniques through a TI lens
-mindfulness response to trauma exposure
-consultation on designing a trauma-informed organization
-TI approaches in education-Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline through a Multi Disciplinary Trauma Informed Approach; Co Presenters: Shantel Vachani MSW, JD & Heidi De Leon, MSW
-providing Field Supervision through a Trauma Informed Strength Based Lens
-creating a Trauma Informed Healing Centered Culture for Students Who were Formerly Incarcerated; Co Presenter Yehudah Pryce, MSW